Rohit Sharma creates a host of records during knock against Bangladesh in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Indian Opener Rohit Sharma once again showed his class by slamming his 26th ODI hundred to become the first batsmen to hit four centuries in the ongoing ICC World Cup and also became the leading run-getter in the tournament thus far.
He reached the hundred with a single off the last ball of the 29th over, bowled by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. In the process, the 32-year-old equaled Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara's all-time record of hitting four centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
It also means that Rohit Sharma now has the best hundreds per innings in the ICC World Cup, he has scored five centuries in 15 innings which is better than Ricky Ponting - 5/42, Sachin Tendulkar- 6/44 and Sangakkara - 5/35.
The Indian team vice-captain, popularly known as the hitman for his audacious stroke-making abilities, opened the innings with KL Rahul after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Rahul and Rohit stitched a tournament-high opening stand of 176 runs.
This is also India's highest opening partnership in World Cup, beating 174 runs stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma against Ireland at Hamilton in 2015.
Rohit Sharma overtook Australian opener David Warner as the leading scorer of the ongoing tournament. He now has 544 runs in seven innings against David Warner's 516 runs from eight innings.
Rohit Sharma also overtook MS Dhoni as India's most prolific six-hitter in the 50-over format. He now has 230 maximums as against Dhoni's 228. The all-time record still belongs to Pakistan's Shahid Afridi(351) followed by West Indies' Chris Gayle(326) and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (270).