India National Cricket Team captain and explosive opener, Rohit Sharma, surpassed the South Africa National Cricket Team batting great AB de Villiers to create the record for most ODI sixes in a calendar year.
The 45th and last group stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is currently underway between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and Scott Edwards-led Netherlands National Cricket Team on Sunday, November 12, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Rohit Sharma was quick to start the fireworks against the Dutch on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. He brought out an aggressive avatar and powered India to a great start. The attacking brand of cricket from the Indian openers helped the team reach 50 runs in 6 overs and 91 runs in 10 overs. This was the highest first powerplay total conceded by the Netherlands in the ongoing edition of the World Cup.
Heading into the match, Rohit Sharma had 58 ODI sixes to his name in 2023 and he just needed one more to overtake AB de Villiers record.
The Indian captain did that when he smashed Colin Ackermann for a beautiful 92-m six on the fourth ball of the 7th over. He smashed an 88.7kph delivery over the long-on for a mammoth maximum.
Rohit Sharma Breaks AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan’s Records
Rohit Sharma now has 59 ODI sixes in a calendar year, which is the most by any batsman in the history of the game. He also broke an iconic record of Eoin Morgan for most sixes by a captain in a single edition of the World Cup as he now has 23 maximums to his name. The India captain has also completed 14000 international runs as an opener.
Most sixes in a calendar year In ODI Cricket
59* – Rohit Sharma in 2023
58 – AB de Villiers in 2015
56 – Chris Gayle in 2019
48 – Shahid Afridi in 2002
47 – Md. Waseem in 2023
Most sixes by a captain in a single WC
23* – Rohit Sharma in 2023*
22 – Eoin Morgan in 2019
21 – AB de Villiers in 2015
18 – Aaron Finch in 2019
17 – B McCullum in 2015
Speaking during the toss, Rohit Sharma said that he is delighted with the way his players have performed in the marquee tournament. He elaborated:
“We are gonna have a bat. No particular reason. Whether we have batted first or bowled first, we have done extremely well. Another opportunity to play well today and tick all the boxes.
“Extremely happy with how we have played in this tournament. Hats off to the guys who have stood up at different times and taken responsibility. Same team.”
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