In a must-win clash against the West Indies, the Indian opener Rohit Sharma stepped up for the occasion with a big hundred. Rohit smashed 159 from 138 deliveries with 17 fours and five sixes helping India finish on 387/5 after they were invited to bat first. The 32-year-old started off slowly and struggled to get going in the first half of the innings. However, he accelerated in the last 20 overs. Rohit shared a record 227-run partnership with KL Rahul from only 37 overs.
Here are the records and numbers that Rohit Sharma created during his 159-run knock in Vizag:
1 – Rohit Sharma became the first opener in International cricket to smash ten centuries in a calendar year. Sachin Tendulkar in 1998, Graeme Smith in 2005 and David Warner in 2016 scored 9 tons apiece while opening the innings.
Rohit is also only the 4th Indian with 10+ International hundreds in a calendar year. Sachin Tendulkar struck a record 12 tons in 1998 while Virat Kohli had 11 hundred apiece in 2017 and 2018. Rahul Dravid also hit 10 centuries in Internationals in 1999.
1 – Rohit now has seven centuries in ODI cricket in 2019; all against different oppositions. He struck hundreds against South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka during the CWC 2019 and an ODI ton against Australia at the start of the year. He thus became the first player to score ODI tons against seven different oppositions in a calendar year.
3 – Rohit is now the first player to record three 150+ scores in ODI cricket against an opponent. He struck two 150+ scores during the last year’s home ODI series against the West Indies. There are ten other instances of a player recording exactly two 150+ ODI scores against an opposition.
7 – Rohit’s seven ODI centuries in 2019 are the joint 2nd most ODI tons by any player in a calendar year. Sachin Tendulkar had as many as nine centuries in 1998 while Sourav Ganguly and David Warner hit 7 tons apiece in 2000 and 2016 respectively.
7 – Rohit Sharma has recorded a 150+ score in ODI cricket in every calendar year since 2013. His highest ODI score every year has been India’s highest ODI score in every year in these seven calendar years.
8 – The 159-run knock in Vizag is Rohit’s 8th ODI score of 150+ runs; the most 150+ ODI scores for any player. David Warner stands next on the list with six scores of 150+.
77 – Rohit has smashed as many as 77 maximums in International cricket in 2019. These are the most International sixes by any player in a calendar year. Rohit broke his own record which he set in 2018 with 74 sixes. Even before 2018, Rohit held this record with 65 sixes during the year 2017.
190 – Sharma has hit as many as 190 sixes in International cricket in India. These are the most number of International maximums by any player on Indian soil surpassing MS Dhoni’s 186 sixes.
213 – Rohit Sharma is only the 5th player to score 28 centuries in ODI cricket. He needed 213 innings for his 28th ODI ton; the 2nd fewest innings to get there after Virat Kohli (189).
2379 – Runs Rohit has amassed in International matches in 2019; the most by any player this year. These are also the most number of International runs by an Indian opener in a calendar year surpassing Virender Sehwag’s 2355 runs in 2008. In fact, only Sanath Jayasuriya (2387 runs in 1997) scored more International runs in a calendar year while opening the innings than Rohit in 2019.
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