In a spectacular display of cricketing excellence, India, led by the dynamic duo of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, shattered records and made history during their eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup 2023. This match, held at the iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, witnessed an array of breathtaking performances that etched the names of these cricketing legends in the annals of the game.
A Record-Breaking Feat by Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian cricket team, played an innings for the ages. His remarkable 84-ball 131 set the stage for India’s emphatic chase. In the process, he achieved a multitude of records that will be etched in cricket’s history books for years to come.
Surpassing Chris Gayle’s Sixes Record
Rohit Sharma’s innings saw him surpass Chris Gayle’s record for the most international sixes. With a staggering tally of 553 sixes in just 473 innings, Rohit displayed his prowess as a boundary-clearing machine. Gayle’s record, achieved in 551 innings across formats, now finds itself eclipsed by Rohit’s monumental achievement.
The Fastest World Cup Century by an Indian
Rohit Sharma’s 63-ball hundred rewrote the history of World Cup centuries by an Indian. Surpassing Virender Sehwag’s 81-ball ton against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup, Rohit’s century was a spectacle of power, precision, and grace.
A Record Seventh World Cup Century
Rohit Sharma’s innings also witnessed him breaking the tie with Sachin Tendulkar for the most World Cup centuries by an Indian. With his seventh ton in just 19 innings across three editions, Rohit stands as a symbol of consistency and class.
Joining the Elite Club of 1000 ODI World Cup Runs
Rohit Sharma’s remarkable performance catapulted him into an elite club. He equaled David Warner to become the joint-fastest batter to reach 1000 ODI World Cup runs, doing so in only 19 innings. In doing so, Rohit became the fourth Indian to achieve this feat, joining the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Virat Kohli.
Setting the Record for World Cup Chases
Rohit Sharma’s 131 runs in this match represented not only a personal milestone but also a record in ODI World Cup history. It was the highest score by an Indian in an ODI World Cup chase, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar’s 127* against Kenya in 1996.
Continued Century-Making Brilliance
With his 31st hundred in ODI cricket, Rohit Sharma solidified his position as the third-highest century-maker in ODI history, moving past Ricky Ponting (30). In the context of openers, Rohit’s 29 ODI centuries also propelled him to second place, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with 45 centuries.
A Calendar Year of Sixes
Rohit Sharma’s prowess in clearing the boundary was underscored by his achievement of going past 50 international sixes in a calendar year. Remarkably, he achieved this feat for the fourth time in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2023. In this aspect, he surpassed Chris Gayle’s record of three such instances (2009, 2012, and 2019).
In the first PowerPlay, Rohit Sharma’s 76 runs set a new standard for Indian batters. It surpassed the previous best of 70 runs by Robin Uthappa against West Indies in 2007. This display of dominance in the early overs highlighted Rohit’s exceptional talent and ability to seize control of the game.
Age Is Just a Number
At the age of 36 years and 164 days, Rohit Sharma became the oldest captain to score a World Cup hundred. His remarkable fitness and unwavering focus shattered the stereotype that age could be a barrier in cricketing excellence.
Records in Successful Chases
Rohit Sharma’s performance also carved his name into the records for successful World Cup chases. With three centuries in such matches, he now holds the record for the most hundreds in successful World Cup chases.
More Sixes and Records
Rohit Sharma’s relentless pursuit of records continued as he became the first batter to hit 350 sixes in Asia. This remarkable feat exemplifies his aggressive and boundary-clearing style of play. Furthermore, he surpassed Sachin Tendulkar for the most sixes among Indians in ODI World Cups, reaching a total of 28 sixes.
Virat Kohli’s Records
While Rohit Sharma stole the limelight with his remarkable feats, Virat Kohli also left his indelible mark on this match. Kohli’s performance saw him break Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in ICC World Cups (ODIs and T20Is), accumulating 2311 runs in 53 innings. Sachin, who featured exclusively in 50-over World Cups, scored 2278 runs from 45 innings.
Moreover, Kohli’s consistency in successful ODI run-chases resulted in him overtaking Sachin Tendulkar for the most fifty-plus scores. With 46 such scores to his name, Kohli showcased his ability to anchor chases and steer India to victories.
Averages Across White-Ball Tournaments
Virat Kohli’s remarkable record extends beyond World Cups. He is the only player to maintain a 50-plus average in all ICC white-ball tournaments, including the Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup, and ODI World Cups. In ODI World Cups, Kohli’s batting average stands at an impressive 50.86. This consistency across formats and tournaments underscores his status as one of the most reliable and prolific batters in international cricket.
Jasprit Bumrah’s Best ODI World Cup Bowling Figures
While the batsmen were stealing the spotlight, India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, demonstrated his prowess with the ball. His spell of 4/39 in this match marked his best ODI World Cup bowling figures. Bumrah’s accuracy, pace, and ability to pick up crucial wickets have made him a key asset for the Indian cricket team.
The Collective Triumph of Team India
Beyond individual records, this match was a testament to the collective brilliance of Team India. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s performances were the highlights, but it was the combined efforts of the entire team that secured a resounding eight-wicket victory.
As India continues its journey in the ODI World Cup 2023, these records and achievements serve as a reminder of the exceptional talent and dedication of Indian cricket. The world watches in awe as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and their teammates script history and etch their names in the record books.
The IND vs. AFG match in the ODI World Cup 2023 will be remembered not only for India’s emphatic win but also for the trail of records left in its wake. Rohit Sharma’s breathtaking century, Virat Kohli’s consistency, and Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling brilliance illuminated the game of cricket. As the tournament unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate more such moments that define the beauty of the sport and set new standards for excellence. With India’s star-studded lineup, the future promises more records, more victories, and more cricketing history in the making.