Rohit becomes the first Indian to take an incredible batting milestone in the ODIs | locust
The Indian team recorded a remarkable victory against England in the first ODI of the series at the Kennington Oval. The Rohit Sharma-led side eliminated the hosts with just 110, with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah taking six wickets, while Mohammed Shami picked three. Bumrah’s figures of 6/19 in 7.2 overs were the best of his international career in the fifty-over format, as he was named player of the match. However, Indian fans also breathed a sigh of relief when captain Rohit also made a blistering comeback in the game.
Chasing the lowly target, Rohit produced a fine display of power-hitting skill as he hit 7 fours and 5 sixes en route to an unbeaten 76 on 58 deliveries. During the innings, Rohit also created an Indian record while becoming the fourth batter in ODI history to achieve the remarkable feat.
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During the innings, Rohit broke the 250th six of his ODI career, becoming the first Indian batter to reach the milestone. Only Shahid Afridi of Pakistan (351), Chris Gayle of the West Indies (331) and Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka (270) managed more sixes than the Indian captain.
Among active cricketers, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill – with 184 sixes – is closest to Rohit in the fifty-over format. Moreover, Rohit has the highest number of sixes among active cricketers.
Here is the list of players with the most sixes to their name in the ODIs:
- Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – 351
- Chris Gayle (Caribbean) – 331
- Sanath Jayausuriya (Sri Lanka) – 270
- Rohit Sharma (India) – 250*
- MS Dhoni (India) – 229
Rohit forged an unbeaten 114-run partnership alongside star flyhalf Shikhar Dhawan, who remained wary throughout the innings for his 31-of-54 unbeaten deliveries.
The second ODI of the three-game series will take place at the iconic Lord’s on Thursday.
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