Guwahati: Indian captain Rohit Sharma became the third-highest six-hitter in the history of the sport and slammed his maiden ODI century since January 2020 on Tuesday.
The batter achieved this during India’s third and final one-day international of the series against New Zealand at Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Rohit brought to life his “Vintage Hitman” image to the pleasure of a packed house in Indore. He scored 101 runs in 85 balls, including nine fours and six sixes. He had a strike rate of 118.82 when he scored.
Rohit escaped Michael Bracewell’s bowling and his was the first wicket that India lost just as he neared the milestone.
His 273 maximums, the third-highest total in the 50-over format, came from the six sixes he hit during the game. Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya who has 270 sixes in the format was overtaken by him with this as well.
Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has struck the most sixes in ODIs, totaling 351. Chris Gayle, a legend of the West Indies who has hit 331 sixes, is standing behind him.
After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to field first. Shubman Gill (112) and Rohit (101) scored 222 runs together as the opener. After this, New Zealand made a comeback in the game by regularly capturing five wickets.
India has a 2-0 advantage in the three-match series.