Rohit, shredding off the horror of the past match, celebrated Virat's wedding with his third double ton.
Rohit Sharma was finally made captain of the Indian ODI team at 30. Having made his ODI debut before Virat, he was pecked way lower than Kohli in the order of batting greatness. It was finally his time to make up for the lost glory.
His first outing as captain had turned out to be a disaster for him both as a player and as a captain. As he lost his maiden toss and went out to bat on the HPCA ground in Dharamsala, the ball was doing too many tricks for his liking.
On the 19th ball that Rohit faced, a jaffer of a delivery from Lakmal took the outside edge of his bat and deposited safely in the gloves of the Lankan keeper Dickwella. The Right-hander was aghast at his dismissal but he had no option but to make the long walk back to the pavilion.
As he sat in the dressing room, what transpired only rubbed salt to his injury. The Indian batsmen looked in a hurry to catch the flight to Virat's marriage in Italy as they departed one after another. Amid the crumbling batting line up only the veteran keeper, Ms Dhoni showed some fight as his hard fought 65-run knock prevented India from the embarrassment of getting bundled out for their lowest ever ODI score.
The Rohit we know, must have still not lost hope and expected his bowlers to pull off a turn around. The early strikes by Bumrah and Bhuvi even provided some hope. But as the sun shone and the pitch flattened out, the Indian pacers had no answer to the counter attacking cricket of Tharanga, Mathews and Dickwella.
As it turned out, India suffered a 7-wicket loss in Rohit's first ODI as captain. What would have been more humiliating for him is that India could not even showcase a fight as the match was done and dusted in just 21 overs.
It appeared as if the script of Rohit's first captaincy assignment was written by Satan himself. To add to his agony, he had to defend his team's performance in the post match ceremony and answer the questions of the reporters in the press conference that followed.
Having failed both as a player and captain, he must have gone back to his hotel room dismayed. Such are the times that are the real test of a person's character. The weak ones submit to fortune, the strong ones come out of it even stronger.
Rohit was on fire on Wednesday, as he piled up his 3rd double ODI ton, the most by any cricketer.
When India came out to bat on Wednesday, all eyes were on the skipper. He had to lead from the front and inspire a comeback. Rohit didn't disappoint as after a steady start he went all guns blazing. After he hit his 1st boundary on the 14th delivery of his knock, there was no looking back.
India got off to a solid start, credit to the partnership between Rohit and Dhawan. As Dhawan departed for 68, it did not hamper Rohit's rate of run scoring.
He kept on punishing the Lankan bowlers to all parts of the park.
Once has was past his century, the swag of the man was unparalleled. He scored his next 100 runs in 36 deliveries as he became the only cricketer to pile up 3 double tons. Staying unbeaten on 208, he also became the second Captain after Sehwag to score a double century in ODIs.
In Breakfast With Champions, an online interview series with Gaurav Kapur, Rohit had said that he aimed to score a triple ton in ODIs some day. If he keeps going on in the manner in which he is playing, that joyous day may not be very far away for the Indian cricket fans.