Rohit Sharma blazes away to 5th ODI century in 2017, breaches 1000-run mark

first_imgRohit Sharma followed captain Virat Kohli in smashing his fifth century in one day internationals in 2017.Rohit reached the three-figure mark off 106 balls when he took a single of the bowling off Tim Southee in the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday. The right-handed bat was eventually dismissed for 147 off 138 when he was caught by Southee off Mitchell Santner in 42nd over.The India opener played an aggressive knock and dominated the bowlers from the word go as his innings was studded with 18 fours and two sixes. The Hit-Man also completed 150 sixes in ODIs.150 sixes in ODIs for Rohit Sharma. Only four other Indians have hit more!#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017 Rohit, who now has 15 tons in ODIs, became the second batsman after Kohli to slam five hundreds this year.The 30-year-old equalled Virender Sehwag’s tally of 15 hundreds and is now the fourth highest in the list of most ODI centuries scored by Indians behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Kohli (31) and Sourav Ganguly (22).During his innings, Rohit also surpassed Joe Root to become the second batsman after Kohli to aggregate 1000 runs in the 50-overs format.1000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma in 2017. Only the 2nd after Virat Kohli (1385*) to do so this year.#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017Interestingly, this has been the fourth time in Indian cricket’s rich history that two Indian batsmen were quickest to breach the 1000-run mark in a calendar year in ODIs.Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin achieved the feat in 1997 while in 1998, Sachin Tendulkar, Azharuddin and Ganguly scored more than 10000. Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni were also the first two batsmen to complete 1000 ODI runs in 2008.advertisementlast_img

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