At Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, delivered a stellar performance, notching up his 31st ODI century with exceptional speed, setting the stage for a dominant Indian victory over Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup match.
Rohit Sharma reached his century in a mere 63 balls, establishing a new record for the fastest century by an Indian in the history of the World Cup. Previously, this milestone belonged to Kapil Dev, who achieved it in 72 balls against Zimbabwe in 1983. Rohit Sharma’s remarkable accomplishment saw him outpace the former all-rounder’s record by a notable nine balls, solidifying India’s commanding position in their pursuit of 273 runs. In the end, India secured victory by 8 wickets, making it a resounding win.
During his innings, Rohit Sharma not only secured the century but also achieved two additional impressive milestones. First, he crossed the 1000-run mark in World Cup matches, making him only the fourth Indian cricketer to reach this landmark, following in the footsteps of Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and Sourav Ganguly. Furthermore, Rohit Sharma’s performance was marked by three sixes, elevating him to the status of the leading six-hitter in international cricket, surpassing none other than the ‘Universe Boss,’ Chris Gayle.