If you ask any cricket expert or a fan that who is the greatest ODI batsman off all-time, many would say Sir Viv Richards, most would say Sachin Tendulkar, some would pick other batsmen. One name that will appear in almost all the experts and fans list would be that of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
His statistics are second to nobody, having already scored 43 ODI Centuries he is way past all the modern greats like Ponting, Sangakkara and many more. For anyone to have played more than 50 ODI innings, he has the highest batting average and we don’t even need to state the fact that he is the greatest chaser in the history of ODI Cricket.
Having already achieved so many milestones, are there any records that Kohli hasn’t broken? Well, his partner in crime and currently the second-best limited overs batsman in the world Rohit Sharma has some records to his name that can make it tough for even someone like Kohli. Today, let’s look at 5 such records of Rohit Sharma.
1. Double century in ODI Cricket
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)
When someone thinks about Rohit Sharma, the first words that comes to their mind is ‘double hundreds’. No other batsman has ever scored more than one double hundred and then there is Rohit who already has three to his name and there might be a few more to follow given his form and penchant for big scores.
Virat’s highest score in ODI Cricket is 183 which came against Pakistan in a big run chase and as it turned out it was also the last ODI game for his idol Sachin Tendulkar. Since then Virat has had a few opportunities but was never successful in scoring a double hundred. A part of the reason why he hasn’t scored a double hundred is also that Virat usually plays the anchor role while letting the other partner be the aggressor.
After getting past his century, Rohit takes off like very few batsmen in the world can. His second hundred is usually in less than 40 balls and he hits the ball 360 degrees across the field. Virat on the other hand is very conservative and doesn’t take many risks even after getting to a 100.
2. Captaining an IPL winning side
Rohit Sharma, Ritika and Samaira. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Whenever captaincy in IPL is talked about, MS Dhoni is the first name that pops up in most people’s mind and yet it is Rohit Sharma who has been the most successful IPL captain ever. He has led Mumbai Indians to four IPL winning titles and ironically three of them have come against the Dhoni-led CSK in the finals.
Virat, on the other hand, has been with RCB since the inception of IPL and has been their captain since 2013 which is the same year Rohit got the captaincy of MI and still couldn’t deliver a trophy for his franchise. His performance with the bat have been out of the world but his captaincy has surely been debatable when it comes to RCB.
Despite of being a part of the most decorated top order in the history of the IPL consisting of Gayle, De Villers and himself and all the backup players required his captaincy record in IPL has surely been nothing short of a disappointment. While Rohit would be looking to win an unprecedented 5th IPL next year, Virat will is still looking to open his account.
3. Five centuries in a single World Cup
Rohit Sharma century. (Photo Source: Twitter)
There is perhaps no one better when it comes to scoring centuries consistently in the modern game than Virat Kohli. But when it comes to World Cup where Kohli has scored just two centuries in the three World Cups he been a part of, Rohit on the other hand has six to his name in just the two World Cups he has played so far.
Virat was supposed to be India’s biggest match-winner in the 2019 World Cup but yet it was Rohit match after match winning it for India and doing so scored 5 centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. It was also a tournament where the Indian Skipper went century less.
The next World Cup is 4 years from now and who knows what kind of form Virat would be when it finally arrives. Having said that, no matter what, 5 centuries in a single World Cup is something very difficult to break even for someone of the caliber of Virat. If he does manage to break it, then we are surely in for a treat.
4. Century on Test debut
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
If there is one format where Rohit has struggled the most it is Test Cricket. He is in and out of the side regularly and hasn’t really got a long run ever. He was supposed to make his debut is 2010 against South Africa, but due to an ankle injury just prior to the game, got ruled him out and he had to wait three more years until 2013 to finally make his Test debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series.
As fate would have it, he made his debut at his favourite hunting ground Eden Gardens and scored 177 against the West Indies. Virat too made his test debut against the West Indies in 2011 and scored 4 and 15 in 2 innings and was out to Fiddle Edwards in both the innings who troubled him a lot throughout the series.
As of today, Virat is the No.1 ranked Test batsman in the World and Rohit is struggling to even find a spot in India’s playing 11. The fact remains that no one can change history and it will always say that Rohit scored a century in his debut Test and Virat didn’t, no matter how many runs Virat scores in his career.
5. Most sixes in ODI cricket for India
Rohit Sharma. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
The reason why Rohit is considered such a dangerous batsman is his ability to hit sixes at will. He has hit second most sixes ever in an ODI innings when he cleared the boundary 16 times against Australia at the Chinnaswamy stadium in 2013 while scoring his first double-hundred.
He has now hit the most number of sixes ever by an Indian surpassing MS Dhoni’s record and currently stands at 232 hits over the ropes and is at the 4th position in all-time most sixes record. He is also the leader of the most number of sixes hit in the history of T20I Cricket, even ahead of the ‘Universe boss’ Chris Gayle himself.
Virat on the other hand relies more on hitting fours and keeping the ball on the ground rather than hitting it in the air. His game is more based on picking singles and converting ones into twos and hence is far behind Rohit’s tally with 120 sixes so far in his ODI career.
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