The Indian skipper played an impressive knock as his century sealed India's eight-wicket win over Afghanistan in match No.9 of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Rohit Sharma scored his 31st century in ODIs to smash Sachin Tendulkar's World Cup record.
Rohit's 31st ton was his seventh century in the ODI World Cup. The 36-year-old surpassed batting legend Tendulkar, who previously held the record for most World Cup centuries. Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah bagged four wickets to restrict Hashmatullah Shahidi and his team from registering a big total. Bumrah recorded his career-best figures (4 for 39) in the ODI World Cup.
“Two fine performances by Bumrah and Rohit, who were well supported by the bowling and batting units respectively. The 2 games have seen different players contributing and that sets things up nicely for the 14th of October. Look forward," Tendulkar said on X.
The God of Cricket scored 6 centuries in 44 innings of the ICC event. Rohit Sharma set and broke plenty of records on Wednesday. The Indian skipper managed to break Tendulkar's record by registering the seventh ton only in his 19th innings. Rohit also got past Chris Gayle by smashing 556 sixes - the most by any player in international cricket. He has also scored the third-most centuries in ODI cricket. The senior batter is only behind Virat Kohli (47) and Tendulkar (49) on the elite list.
He also became the joint-fastest batter to score 1,000 runs in the ODI World Cup. Both David Warner and Rohit completed 1,000 runs in 19 innings at the World Cup. Rohit's 63-ball ton is the fastest by an Indian at the ODI World Cup.