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India's Test captain Virat Kohli on Monday retained his second spot while opener Rohit Sharma slipped a place to seventh in the latest One-day International (ODI) cricket batting rankings.

Kohli has 813 points, a fair distance behind South African AB de Villiers (887) while compatriot Hashim Amla (778) is third. Rohit has 750 points just ahead of team-mate Shikhar Dhawan (737), according to a release by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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One of UK’s leading sports app providers, RightNow Digital has made inroads into India with the launch of its first cricket news & social media updates app called Rohit Sharma Cricket News. The company has been a pioneer in catering to the large community of sports enthusiasts globally, by developing various sports apps related to Football, Formula 1, Cricket, Rugby, Tennis, Golf and Cycling. The Rohit Sharma Cricket News app is unique because it curates all the relevant, authoritative and trustworthy news and social media sources including articles from e-papers, social media posts, blogs, videos and vblogs from platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. By including every social media account of every Indian cricket player, it also enables end users to interact with Indian players directly, from within the app. The brand has a revenue sharing partnership with Rohit Sharma.

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The return of Rohit Sharma to the Indian side turned into a landmark day for cricket with the dashing opener producing an innings worthy of the occasion, smashing an incredible 264 runs from just 173 balls to break all records that existed in the ODI format. Sharma's innings, the highest score ever by a player in this format led India to a mammoth total of 404, the fifth time the hosts have scored in excess of 400 runs. Sri Lanka in reply were bowled out for 252 in the 44th over, ending with a score less than what Sharma scored on his own as India took a 4-0 lead in the 5 match series.

The Eden Gardens, Kolkata, was the momentous venue hosting game four of the series and it could have been oh so different for Sharma when Thisara Perera grassed a sitter at third man when the batsman was only on 4. Sharma was dropped twice more in his incredible essay, once off a no-ball, before finally being dismissed on the last ball of the innings, attempting to clobber Nuwan Kulasekara out of the park.

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India continued to dominate the West Indies at home in this short tour, thumping their visitors in the first ODI match of the series at Kochi by 6 wickets. West Indies won the toss and opted to make first use of what was a nightmarish pitch with the ball misbehaving quite badly. Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja shared 6 wickets between them to bowl out the Windies for 211, and India chased down the target in under 36 overs thanks to a pair of quality half-centuries from Virat Kohli (84) and Rohit Sharma (72), both of whom threw their wickets away.

The Windies had the worst possible start to the game, losing talismanic opener Chris Gayle for a second ball duck, with bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar scoring a direct hit at the non strikers end with the big West Indian well short of his ground trying to pinch a single. Gayle had to be stretchered off the field, injuring himself while trying to make his ground and his participation in the rest of this series looks a tad unlikely.

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India have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in 'Sachin's Farewell Series' against the West Indies, crushing their visitors by an innings and 51 runs in the first test at the Eden Garderns, Kolkata. Resuming from their overnight score of 354-6, India batted out the morning session to reach an imposing 453 with Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin scoring the bulk of the runs. The hosts then rattled the Windies out for just 168 in 54.1 overs with Mohammad Shami completing a dream debut by grabbing a 5-fer, while Ashwin made it a very memorable game for himself too, taking 3 wickets in the second innings.

West Indies wrapped up the Indian innings on the stroke of lunch on the third morning of the Kolkata Test, but not before the hosts had stretched their first innings lead to 219 to put themselves in a commanding position in this test match. Rohit Sharma (177) and Ravichandran Ashwin (124) continued from where they left off yesterday and added a record 280 runs for the 7th wicket for India against the West Indies before a spate of poor umpiring decisions conspired to bring a rushed end to India's innings with the 4 wickets falling for 17 runs to the two Windies spinners just before lunch.

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India came off on top in a high-scoring encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, beating Australia by 57 runs in the Seventh and Final ODI to win the series 3-2.

India posted yet another 350+ total batting first, ending up with a massive 383-6 after their 50 overs, built largely on the back of the second highest-ever individual score by a batsman in ODI cricket. Rohit Sharma came good at Bengaluru and smashed a world-record 16 sixes during his 158-ball 209, moving from 100 to 200 in just 42 balls.

Australia's spirited run-chase rose from the dead, and led by a blitz from allrounder James Faulkner, Australia moved from 211-8 to 326, even raising hopes of an improbable victory for a while.

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The Mumbai Indians made sure that there are three IPL teams going through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20, recording a thumping 6 wicket win over the Perth Scorchers in Delhi on Wednesday, to knock the unlucky Otago Volts out of the tournament on net run rate. Mumbai had the advantage of playing a day after the Volts, and as a result knew exactly what they needed to do to qualify for the final four.

The Indians won the toss and opted to put their money on their batsmen chasing down whatever target Perth set them inside 14.2 overs to book their place in the semi-finals. The Scorchers did reasonably well to finish at 149-6 from their 20 overs despite a slow start with Sam Whiteman smashing an unbeaten 51 from 32 balls to post a decent target on the board. Nathan Coulter-Nile once again excelled for Mumbai, taking 3-19 from his 4 overs, while Pragyan Ojha chipped in with 2 wickets too.

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