Rohit reigns with 24th ODI ton, surpasses multiple records with Rahul
Surviving from a run-out very early on in the innings against Pakistan, Indian opener Rohit Sharma nicked to the hundred, his 24th ton in limited over cricket at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
The 32-year old brought the ton in 85 deliveries and became joint third in the list of Indian batsmen with most number of centuries in World Cup.
Living legend Sachin Tendulkar have six World Cup hundreds beside his name while former captain Sourav Ganguly have four.
With the knock, Rohit surpassed skipper Virat Kohli and former opener Virender Sehwag who have two World Cup tons to their names.
The 85-ball hundred consisting of nine boundaries and three over boundaries is also the second fastest century by an Indian batsman in the mega tournament. He scored his fifty in just 34 balls. He had also broken MS Dhoni’s record of 355 sixes by hitting his 356th six in international cricket from a Hasan Ali delivary. He also hit another six later to register his 357th six.
Rohit and the newly assigned opener KL Rahul who has opened the innings in absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, registered a couple of records as the duo put together the first 100-run opening stand for India against Pakistan in World Cups.
The previous record for the highest opening stand for India against Pakistan in World Cups belonged to Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu who put up 90-run stand in 1996.
The stand was finally broken by Wahab Riaz in the 24th over dismissing KL Rahul for 57 off 78 balls when they already partnered for 136 runs, the highest Indian partnership for any wicket against Pakistan in World Cup.
Previously the record stood with Dhawan and Kohli when they had put on 129 runs in Adelaide in World Cup 2015.