Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma achieved historic milestones during the ICC World Cup 2023 match against Afghanistan on October 11, proving his prowess as one of the world’s best white-ball cricketers. In a mesmerizing performance, Rohit Sharma secured the fastest century by an Indian batter in the history of the World Cup.
Fastest Century in World Cup History
Rohit Sharma accomplished this remarkable feat by completing his century in just 63 balls, leaving spectators in awe at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. This breathtaking innings set a new record in World Cup history, surpassing Kapil Dev’s record set in 1983. Kapil Dev’s record for the fastest century by an Indian in a World Cup had stood since June 18, 1983, when he achieved it by scoring a century in 72 balls against Zimbabwe at the Nevill Ground in Turnbridge Wells.
Surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s Record
In addition to surpassing Kapil Dev’s record, Rohit Sharma also achieved a remarkable feat by breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in a World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar had previously smashed six tons in six World Cups, while Rohit now boasts seven centuries in his third World Cup, with five of them coming in the 2019 edition alone.
Rohit’s Innings and Record-Breaking Sixes
During this incredible innings, Rohit also broke Chris Gayle’s record for the most sixes in international cricket. Although Rohit eventually got out for 131 off 84 deliveries, his performance had already put India in a commanding position in the match. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten to lead India to victory.
Focusing on the Team’s Success
Following the match, Rohit Sharma expressed his commitment to the team’s success, emphasizing that individual records were not his primary focus. Despite holding the record for the most centuries in a single edition of a World Cup (5) in 2019, India had fallen short in the 2019 World Cup, losing to New Zealand in the semifinal.
Rohit Sharma’s incredible performance in the match against Afghanistan showcased his skill and determination, breaking records and setting new standards in World Cup history. His focus remains on achieving victory for the Indian cricket team in the ongoing World Cup.
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