In recent times, Rohit Sharma has been trying his best to own all sorts of records as an opener in International cricket. However, his record in domestic cricket is as good as his record for the Indian team. Rohit piled on tons of runs especially in the Ranji Trophy until he made his Test debut after years of hard work.
Rohit scored a triple century in the competition which came in only 312 balls. It stood as the fastest by an Indian in domestic cricket and the 2nd fastest FC triple by an Indian behind Virender Sehwag’s 278-ball effort against South Africa.
Here we look at some of the major records that Rohit Sharma created or holds in the Indian domestic circuit:
3. First-ever Indian to score a Twenty20 century
Manish Pandey’s century in the 2009 IPL and Suresh Raina’s ton during the 2010 WT20 generally come to the mind while discussing the first centuries by Indians in the Twenty20 format. However, much before the first-ever IPL and T20I hundreds by Indians, Rohit Sharma smashed a ton while representing Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Rohit created the feat in only his 2nd T20 appearance during the inaugural edition of SMA T20 in 2006-07 season, the first official T20 tournament on Indian soil. Sharma scored an unbeaten 40 against Baroda on his T20 debut where Mumbai won by 8 wickets. Mumbai were chasing 142 to win in their 2nd game against Gujarat at the Brabourne Stadium.
While Rohit was smashing runs at 200 strike rate, no other Mumbai batter managed to score run a ball. Rohit Sharma struck six fours and three sixes on his way to a 27-ball fifty. He further took only 18 balls to raise the first-ever hundred in the T20 format by an Indian and finished with 101* off 45 deliveries.
2. Twin centuries in a Ranji Trophy Final
Rohit Sharma is known for rising to the big occasions and his performances during the 2019 World Cup was a prime example. Rohit rescued Mumbai in the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy final against Uttar Pradesh which took place in Hyderabad. He scored 141 in the first innings as Mumbai recovered from 55/4 to reach 402/10. Sharma smashed a quick 108 in the 2nd essay to extend their lead to 524 runs.
His twin centuries in the final helped Mumbai claim the title with a 243-run victory. Rohit Sharma thus became only the 6th player to score hundreds in both innings of a Ranji Trophy final and is the only player to do so across the last 25 seasons. Sachin Tendulkar was the last player before Rohit to achieve this feat as he smashed 140 and 139 respectively during the 1994-95 final against Punjab.
Tendulkar scored both the tons at a strike rate of over 100 as he brought up his hundreds in 83 and 66 balls respectively. Bombay (now Mumbai) won the title on basis of the 318-run first-innings lead. Interestingly, during 2008-09 final, Sachin was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck which was his lone duck in an Indian domestic first-class match.
Syed Mushtaq Ali in 1944-45 (109 & 130 for Holkar vs Bombay), Vijay Hazare in 1949-50 (130 & 101 for Baroda vs Holkar), Hanumant Singh in 1966-67 (109 & 213* for Rajasthan vs Bombay) and Surinder Khanna in 1978-79 (111 & 128 for Delhi vs Karnataka) are the other four players to score twin centuries in a Ranji Trophy final.
1. Youngest Indian to become the all-format centurion
Towards the end of the 2006-07 domestic season, Rohit Sharma became the first-ever Indian to score hundreds in all three formats of professional cricket. He was four weeks away from turning 20 at that point by virtue of which he holds a unique record. That hundred helped Rohit to complete the set of a first-class ton, List A century and T20 hundred at the age of 19 years and 339 days. Sharma remains the youngest Indian player to score centuries in all three formats in official cricket.
He scored his maiden hundred in professional cricket during the 2005-06 season’s Deodhar Trophy. Representing the West Zone team, Rohit struck an unbeaten 142 from only 123 deliveries with 14 fours and 3 sixes while chasing North Zone’s total of 278/9. He was only 18 years and 307 days old when he helped West Zone win the game by 8 wickets with 25 balls to spare. Rohit scored his maiden first-class century during the 2006-07 season’s Ranji Trophy, the tournament that marked his debut for Mumbai.
He reached his hundred on the opening day of the match against Gujarat at the Wankhede. He was only 19 years and 239 days old then but had enough skill to covert the start into a double century. Rohit got out after scoring 205 from 267 balls with 23 boundaries. Karnataka’s Devdutt Padikkal came close to breaking Rohit’s record of being youngest Indian to complete this set during 2019-20 season. He got tons in Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare tournaments but had a best score of only 99 in Ranji Trophy.
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