All the records Rohit Sharma broke during astonishing World Cup innings | CWC 2023
Rohit Sharma blazed 131 runs in 84 balls as team India walked through Afghan’s 272, eventually winning with 90 balls to spare. In his trademark mixture of brash and balance at the pitch, the captain blazed sixteen boundaries and five over-boundaries, completely dictating terms at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Leading India from the front, skipper Sharma played a screaming knock to hand Afghanistan its second successive defeat of the World Cup 2023. The veteran Indian opener shattered a plethora of World Cup records with his blistering hundred – his first as captain of India in the ODI World Cup. Nicknamed as “Hitman,” Rohit managed to go past Master Blaster for the most ODI World Cup tons.
Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli finished the chase, earlier started by the opening partnership of Rohit and Ishan Kishan. They put the scoreboard on 156 in 18.4 overs. Rashid Khan was the only bowler to make any headway for Afghanistan, with few of his mates going for 8 an over or more.
Legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had nothing but praise for Rohit Sharma after the Kohli-starrer Team India thrashed Afghanistan in their second match of this ICC World Cup on Wednesday. After hammering Australia in its One Day International World Cup opener, India registered a comfortable victory of eight wickets over Hashmatullah Shahidi and Company in match No.9 of the CWC 2023.
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Rohit Sharma claimed many Player of the Match awards, as Team India joined Pakistan and New Zealand as teams to start two from two. Reaching his hundred in just 63 balls, Rohit smashed the fastest century which is one of the World Cup records by an India player, breaking a 40-year record set by the legendary Kapil Dev. Dev, 40 years ago, reached his hundred in 72 balls against Zimbabwe at the Nevill Ground in Tunbridge Wells, England. This match was the venue’s only ever ODI match. However, Dev eventually made 175* from 138 balls with 22 fours.
Rohit has gone clear of another Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar with seven Cricket World Cup centuries. Rohit has achieved the record in just 19 innings and across only 3 World Cup campaigns, in comparison to Sachin’s 44 innings. But it will be tough enough to reach his record for the most runs at Cricket World Cups of 2,278 at an average of 56.95. Moreover, Rohit boasts a superior average of 65.23. It is also the highest among cricketers to reach four figures across the tournaments.
Rohit Sharma joined a fellow Aussie opener David Warner as the joint-fastest batters to reach 1,000 Cricket World Cup runs. Sharma has done so in just 19 innings. Warner reached the milestone when Australia and India met in Chennai earlier in the World Cup. Rohit is the only CWC 2023 captain to score a century to this point of the tournament.
Making his 31st ODI century, Rohit overtook Ponting in third place in the total One Day century list. Only Virat Kohli (47) and Sachin Tendulkar (49) stand above Rohit Sharma after the Delhi knock. The 5 sixes Rohit Sharma struck in Delhi moved him to 556 sixes across the 3 formats of international cricket. Thus, he passed the previous record-holder in the category, Chris Gayle. Rohit managed to pass the West Indies legendary opener in almost 80 fewer innings across three formats.
Even in the longer format of cricket, Test, Rohit Sharma stands as the third-leading six-hitter among Indian players, having struck 77 sixes. He follows the likes of super-cool Virendra Sehwag (91) and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (78) in the category. Here is a look at the leading six hitters in international cricket across all the formats.
- Rohit Sharma – 554 sixes*
- Chris Gayle – 553 sixes
- Shahid Afridi – 476 sixes
- Brendon McCullum – 398 sixes
- Martin Guptill – 383 sixes
- MS Dhoni – 359 sixes
- Sanath Jayasuriya – 352 sixes
- Eoin Morgan – 346 sixes
- AB de Villiers – 328 sixes
- Jos Buttler – 312 sixes*
However, Rohit achieved a true milestone during India’s World Cup match against Afghanistan in Delhi. He equaled the record for being the joint-faster batsman to reach 1,000 runs in CWC 2023 matches.
“Rohit Sharma” is a name that the entire team can rely on in the CWC 2023. His versatility can move to many more World Cup records and achievements as very few players are now in the team who has such dynamic vision.
Who holds the record for the most runs in ODI World Cup history?
Indian Cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for the most runs in Cricket World Cup history, with 2,278 runs.
Which bowler has taken the most wickets in ODI World Cup tournaments?
Glenn McGrath of Australia is the leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cup history, with 71 wickets.
Who has scored the highest individual score in a single ODI World Cup match?
Rohit Sharma of India scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka in the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup, which is the highest individual score in a single World Cup match.
What is the highest team total in ODI Cricket World Cup history?
South Africa holds the record for the highest team total in a Cricket World Cup match, with 428/5 against Sri Lanka in the 2023 ODI World Cup.