An ex-captain of Sri Lanka commends Rohit Sharma for dropping the mankading case against Dasun Shanaka

 India defeated Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the first One Day International to take a 1-0 series lead. After 50 overs, India had 373 on the board thanks in large part to Virat Kohli's 113(87), which earned him the player of the match title.

When Sri Lanka batted in response, they quickly lost wickets before Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva put together a 72-run fourth-wicket stand. It did not, however, suffice to shield Sri Lanka from shame.

Dasun Shanaka, the captain, rose to the situation and likely played one of his best ODI innings, scoring 108 (88), including 12 fours and three sixes. But if not for Rohit Sharma, the captain might not have scored his second ODI century. Notably, Mohammed Shami mankaded Shanaka, who was on 98 and at the non-end, striker's on the fourth ball of the game's final over.

But Rohit stepped in and withdrew the plea, winning the admiration of many. While some fans disapproved of the hitman's action because it was legal, another group, including former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Matthews, praised Rohit. Hats off to you for dropping the appeal even if the law forbids it—not many captains would do that! showing outstanding sportsmanship," Matthews tweeted.

After the game, Rohit said Shanaka had batted beautifully and he did not want the player to be dismissed in such a manner.

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