3 records Rohit Sharma broke in his century against New Zealand
India captain Rohit Sharma ended his age-old ODI cricket drought with a spectacular 101 run in today’s fixture against New Zealand. Sharma opened the innings for India at Holkar Cricket Stadium and tied a score of 212 runs along with Shubman Gill.
Rohit Sharma had failed to reach the 100-point mark in an ODI heat in the past 1100 days. His final ODI ton came against Australia in January 2020. Fans were concerned for him as the Cricket World Cup quickly approached, but the Hitman silenced his doubters with an incredible century against Nova Scotia. Zealand.
The Indian captain’s innings consisted of nine fours and six sixes. Rohit Sharma achieved a strike rate of 118 when he hammered the Kiwi bowlers at Indore. During his fantastic century, Sharma broke several records.
Here is a list of the top three records the Indian skipper has broken today.
#1 Rohit Sharma broke the record for his fastest ODI century on Indian soil
Rohit Sharma got in touch today as he completed his 30th ODI ton with just 83 deliveries. The Indian captain entered his half-century with 41 balls, hitting four fours and four sixes. He took 42 more rounds to complete his barrel.
Fans expected a big score from Sharma today, but the Indian skipper left for the clubhouse shortly after completing his hundred. Michael Bracewell returned it on the first pitch of 27 when he hit 101.
Sharma would be delighted with his performance today as it was the fastest ODI hundred he has scored on Indian soil. In 2018, he scored an 84-ball century against the West Indies at Barsapara Cricket Stadium.
#2 Rohit Sharma created a new record with Shubman Gill
Sharma and Shubman Gill took full advantage of the batting-friendly Holkar Cricket Stadium course, adding 212 carries from just 26.1 overs. This was a new world record for the highest opening partnership against New Zealand in the ODIs.
In addition, Sharma and Gill also maintained the best run rate by an Indian opening pair beating a minimum of 25 overs in an ODI match. The execution rate during their partnership was 8.10. They broke Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag’s record of 7.35 against the West Indies in 2002.
Ganguly and Sehwag scored 196 runs from 26.4 overs in the third ODI of the 2002 series against the West Indies at Rajkot.
#3 Rohit Sharma broke Sanath Jayasuriya’s record
Sharma overtook former Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya to claim third place on the list of players with the most sixes in ODI cricket. Sharma hit six sixes in his innings of 101 runs, bringing his maximum total to 273.
Sharma broke Jayasuriya’s record of 270 sixes with the fourth six he hit against New Zealand earlier in the day. The India captain is currently behind only Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle on the all-time list.
It will be interesting to see if he can break the world record before he retires from ODI cricket.
Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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