Rohit Sharma’s 61 against the Netherlands showcases his top form in ICC World Cup 2023.
Two sixes break records – surpassing de Villiers and Morgan.
Sharma: 503 runs, avg. 55.88, SR 121.49, with 24 record-breaking sixes.
In a dazzling display of cricketing prowess, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma showcased his impeccable form once again, leaving a resounding mark on the 45th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 against the Netherlands at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Sharma’s stellar performance unfolded as he scored a commanding 61 off 54 deliveries, steering India to a bright start in the crucial encounter. His innings, adorned with 10 boundaries, including eight fours and two sixes, not only anchored India’s innings but also etched his name in the annals of cricket history by breaking two world records.
The 36-year-old “Hitman” unleashed his power, sending two deliveries over the boundary ropes, thereby securing the record for the most One Day International (ODI) sixes in a calendar year. With this feat, Sharma surpassed the legendary AB de Villiers of South Africa, who had set the previous record with 58 sixes in 2015. Following closely behind are the likes of Chris Gayle from the West Indies (56 sixes in 2019) and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (48 sixes in 2002).
Not content with just one record, Sharma went on to surpass England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan in another department. The Indian captain now holds the record for hitting the most sixes in a single World Cup campaign by a captain, with a tally of 24 sixes, surpassing Morgan’s 22 in 2019.
As of the filing of this story, Sharma’s outstanding World Cup campaign includes a total of 503 runs at an impressive average of 55.88 and a scorching strike rate of 121.49. His innings have been punctuated by 58 fours and the aforementioned 24 sixes.
In the ongoing match against the Netherlands, India posted a formidable total of 410 runs in the allocated overs in the last group stage encounter of this mega event. The Indian playing XI featured key players such as Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, and the formidable pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
The Netherlands, led by Scott Edwards, faced a daunting task as they aimed to chase down the imposing target set by the Indian side. With Sharma’s record-breaking innings, Indian cricket enthusiasts are buzzing with excitement, eagerly awaiting the outcome of this thrilling encounter.
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