Hosts India thrashed Afghanistan in their second game at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Indian captain and opener Rohit Sharma had a great role in India’s big win against Afghanistan. During that match, Rohit broke many top records, including the most international sixes record, the fastest century by an Indian in ODI World Cup record, most ODI World Cup centuries record, etc.
Delhi hosted the ninth game of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, where Afghanistan chose to bat first. Jasprit Bumrah’s incredible bowling performance (10-0-39-4) led India to restrict their opponents to 272/8 (50 overs) on a flat batting track.
In reply, India comfortably chased the target in 35 overs after losing both the openers. Rohit Sharma smashed a 63-ball hundred and scored 131 runs in 84 balls with the help of 16 fours and five sixes. He had a 156-run opening partnership with Ishan Kishan, who scored run-a-ball 47 runs. Also, Virat Kohli scored 55 runs in 56 balls, while Shreyas Iyer scored 25 runs in 23 balls.
Rohit Sharma’s major records during Afghanistan match at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023
Most international sixes
Rohit surpassed Caribbean legend Chris Gayle (553 international sixes) to record the most sixes in international cricket history. At the end of the match, Rohit hit 556 international sixes.
Most sixes by an Indian batter in ODI World Cup history
Breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s 27 ODI World Cup sixes record, Rohit becomes the new record holder for most sixes by an Indian batter in ODI World Cup history with 28 sixes.
Fastest ODI World Cup century by an Indian cricketer
Rohit broke Virender Sehwag’s record for the fastest ODI World Cup century by an Indian cricketer. While Sehwag scored a century in 81 balls against Bermuda in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Group Stage, Rohit completed his century against Afghanistan in 63 balls.
Most ODI World Cup centuries
With his seventh ODI World Cup hundred, Rohit surpassed legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (six centuries) to set up the new record for most centuries in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history.
Second-highest score by an Indian captain in the ODI World Cup
After Kapil Dev (one century) and Sourav Ganguly (three hundreds), Rohit became the third Indian captain to score a century in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history. Rohit’s 131-run knock was the second-highest individual score by an Indian captain in the ODI World Cup history. The record is 175 not out by Kapil Dev against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on June 18, 1983.
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India recorded the fastest 250+ chase in ODI World Cup history
Meanwhile, India chased the 273 runs target in 35 overs, and it was the fastest 250+ chase in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup history. New Zealand were the previous record holder during their 283-run chase in 36.2 overs against England in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 opener.