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India's ODI XI in Rohit Sharma's debut match: Where are they now?

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Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the 1st ODI match between India and Australia
Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the 1st ODI match between India and Australia

Rohit Sharma made his debut on 23 June 2007 against Ireland. He became the 168th player to earn a cap for India in ODI's. 

After the emphatic and historic victory of the Men in Blue in the Test Series in Australia, the ODI matches are being played currently. The Hitman, Rohit Sharma was the only Indian player who gave India an outside chance of winning the first ODI. The Aussies had set up a fighting total of 288. 

With Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Ambati Rayudu returning to the pavilion early on in the innings - it was Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni who steadied the ship for India. The Nagpur born player hit a sublime 133 off 129 but departed in the 46th over with a mistimed shot in the air. Had he stayed till the end, India would have given a tough fight to chase down the total. Eventually, Australia won the match by 34 runs. 

The classy Rohit also chipped in with a handy contribution of 43 in the 2nd ODI which India won thanks to Kohli and Dhoni's exploits with the bat. 

One often forgets for how long the skillful Rohit Sharma has served Indian cricket. In fact, the 31-year-old made his debut almost 12 years ago. He still remains one of the most integral parts in the starting XI. 

It is interesting to note that apart from Dinesh Karthik no other player in India's starting XI while Rohit Sharma's debut match is still there in the current Indian line-up. 

In this article, we take a look at where the other 10 players in the team during Rohit Sharma's ODI debut match are right now. 


#1 Sourav Ganguly (Opener)

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

The elegant stroke-maker Sourav Ganguly opened the innings with the Sachin Tendulkar in Rohit Sharma's debut match. While the Little Master departed early on the given day scoring just 4 off 3 balls, Ganguly played a well-timed solid knock of 73 off 99,

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The Bengal-born Ganguly played 113 Tests overall, scoring 7212 runs at an average of 42.17. He also scored 16 centuries and 35 half centuries. The Left-hand batsman also played 311 ODIs for the Men in Blue, scoring a whopping 11363 runs at an average of 40.73, making him India's all-time second highest run-getter in ODIs after Tendulkar. He also picked up 100 wickets in ODIs. 

Dada, as he is popularly known, played T20 cricket for some time for Kolkata Knight Riders and then Pune Warriors but his IPL record is not extravagant. The former captain is currently the President of The Cricket Association of Bengal. Ganguly is also appointed with Wisden India as the President of the Editorial Board. 

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