The ninth match of the World Cup 2023 was played between India and Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Rohit made a big record in this match. He has become the batsman in the world who has hit the most number of sixes in international cricket. In this matter, he left behind former West Indies batsman Chris Gayle.
With this, Rohit Sharma equaled David Warner in completing a thousand runs in the fewest innings in the ODI World Cup. Warner had also completed thousand runs in the match against India in the same World Cup. He also achieved this milestone in 19 innings.
Before entering the IND vs AUS match, Hitman needed three sixes to hold the record of most sixes. Chris Gayle had hit the maximum number of 553 sixes in international cricket. He did this in 551 innings of 483 international matches. At the same time, Rohit achieved this record in his 473rd innings of only 453 international matches. The name of Chris Gayle's autobiography is 'Six Machine', but now Rohit Sharma has become the new Six Machine of international cricket.
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Rohit broke Gayle's record by hitting a six off Naveen Ul Haq in the eighth over of the Indian innings against Afghanistan. Rohit now has 556 sixes in his name in 453* international matches. Rohit had completed 50 runs in 30 balls against Afghanistan. After this he completed his century in 63 balls. He was out after scoring 131 runs in 84 balls with the help of 16 fours and five sixes. Rohit was clean bowled by Rashid Khan.
Rohit has scored seven centuries in the World Cup. In this matter, Rohit has left Sachin Tendulkar behind. As soon as he scored a century against Afghanistan, Rohit left Sachin behind and became the first batsman to score seven centuries in the ODI World Cup.
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With the century against Afghanistan, Rohit has completed 31 centuries in ODIs. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting had also scored only 30 centuries in his ODI career. As soon as the Hitman scored a century against Afghanistan, he overtook Ponting and became the batsman with the third highest number of centuries in ODI history.
After scoring 22 runs in this match, Rohit also completed a thousand runs in the ODI World Cup. He completed a thousand runs in 19 innings of the World Cup. With this, he equaled David Warner in terms of completing a thousand runs in the Lowest innings in this tournament. Warner had also completed a thousand runs against India in the same World Cup. He also achieved this milestone in 19 innings.
This was Rohit's 29th century as an opener in ODIs. In this matter, he has come second after Sachin Tendulkar. Sanath Jayasuriya is at third place in this list. He had scored 28 centuries as an opener.
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