On his way to a record-breaking hundred, Ohit Sharma exuded polish and elegance, leading India to a decisive eight-wicket victory against Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup on Wednesday.
After deciding to bat, Hasmatullah Shahidi's tenacious 80 and the youthful Azmatullah Omarazai's brave 62 helped Afghanistan reach 272 for eight. In a World Cup game, Jasprit Bumrah concluded with his best-ever statistics after taking four wickets. All of that, though, was overshadowed by Rohit's performance, especially in the opening 10 overs. Afghanistan loses to India by 8 wickets.
Sharma and Ishan Kishan (47), who formed the opening partnership, put on 156 runs in 18.4 overs, while Virat Kohli (55*) and Shreyas Iyer (25*) concluded the chase.
Four of Rashid Khan's teammates went for eight or more runs per over, making him the only Afghan bowler to make any progress (2/57 from eight over).
The fastest World Cup century by an Indian was finally achieved by him, coming in 63 balls. India's captain Rohit (131 off 84) was unstoppable and displayed his enviable variety of strokes throughout a stunning batting display. His sixth World Cup century, a record, came off 63 balls and helped India bat down the goal in 35 overs, greatly enhancing their net run rate in front of their third World Cup match against Pakistan on October 14.
Most sixes in international cricket ✅— ICC (@ICC) October 11, 2023
Most hundreds in @cricketworldcup history ✅
Fastest-ever Cricket World Cup hundred by an Indian ✅
Rohit Sharma eclipsed several records during his 131 ?#CWC23 #INDvAFG pic.twitter.com/P6E6M50LeJ
With his five sixes in Delhi, Sharma broke Chris Gayle's previous record for the category and now leads with 556 sixes in all three international cricket formats.
Sharma passed Ricky Ponting to take third position in the list of all ODI centuries after scoring his 31st ODI hundred.
A significant milestone was reached by the former Indian captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday during the ninth match of the ICC World Cup 2023. Local idol Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar's World Cup batting record while playing for India in their second ICC match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
The 34-year-old surpassed all previous scorers in the history of the ICC World Cups (50-over and T20Is). At the ICC World Cup, Kohli outperformed Tendulkar in his 53rd innings. In World Cup cricket, the former India captain has passed Tendulkar's record of 2278 runs. In the 2011 ICC World Cup, the legendary batter made his World Cup debut. India, a two-time winner of the World Cup, last won the illustrious competition in 2011.