Huge records broken and made by Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma set the record books on fire as he went past his 2nd T20I century in the 2nd T20I between India and Sri Lanka at the Holkar stadium in Indore on Friday. After scoring his half century in just 23 balls, the Hitman as he is popularly known as, went past his hundred with a lofted extra cover drive,taking only 12 more deliveries to reach the milestone. His blistering innings of 118 from just 43 balls also included 12 fours and 10 massive sixes.
Rohit Sharma brought up his hundred in just 35 balls, equalling the record for the fastest century in T20I cricket set by South Africa’s David Miller during their 83 run win against Bangladesh in October. In an incredible display of batting, the Hitman went past South Africa’s AB De Villiers to record the most number of sixes in a calendar year. Rohit Sharma smashed 10 sixes during his stay at the crease, which helped take his sixes tally in 2017 to 64, overtaking AB De Villiers’ record of 63 sixes set in 2015.
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Sharma now also holds the records of the most sixes in an innings by an Indian (10) in T20Is, going past Yuvraj Singh’s record of 7 sixes against England at the Kingsmead stadium in Durban during the T20I world cup in 2007. It was the same match in which the left hander belted 6 sixes in a over of the bowling of Start Broad. Yuvraj Singh had equalled his own record when he clobbered the same number of sixes (7) against arch rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad in December 2012.
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Besides holding the record for the highest individual score in ODIs (264), Sharma now also holds the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in T20s, surpassing KL Rahul’s 110* against the West Indies in Launderhill in 2016. He also became the first Indian batsman and fifth ever in the world to have registered two centuries in T20Is after Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Ewin Lewis and Colin Munro.
Rohit Sharma’s knock of 118 is the highest individual score by a captain in T20Is and his tally of 10 sixes is the most number of sixes in an innings by any captain. The opening stand of 165 shared by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul also happens to be the highest partnership for any wicket in T20Is by India and the 4th highest ever, the highest being 171* for the 1st wicket between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson in Hamilton in 2016. Rohit Sharma also equalled Virat Kohli’s record of hitting the most number of centuries (4) in T20s overall.
India posted a mammoth total of 260/5 on the board in the first innings, which is the joint second highest in T20Is with Australia’s 263/3 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2016 being the only better team effort. Sri Lanka had also posted 260/6 against Kenya at Johannesburg in 2007