ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma Becomes The First Batsman To Hit Five Centuries In A CWC Edition
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma is in the beast mode at present as he is smashing the respectable records and becoming the boss in ODI cricket. Now, the right-handed batsman has registered the most number of centuries in a CWC edition.
On Saturday (6th July), India is playing their last round-robin stage match of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka at Leeds. After winning the toss, the Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne decided to bat first. With the help of Angelo Mathews’ century (113 runs) and Lahiru Thirimanne’s half-century (53 runs), Sri Lanka scored 264/7 (50 overs).
Chasing down that target, the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided an extraordinary start. Playing like a boss, Rohit hit his fifth century in the ongoing CWC edition.
Rohit Sharma completed this century in 92 balls after hitting 14 fours and two sixes. The right-handed batsman finally lost his wicket on 103 runs (94 balls). Before losing his wicket, Rohit and Rahul provided a giant 189-run partnership for the opening wicket.
After completing this century, Rohit became the first batsman to hit five centuries in a single CWC edition. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is now in the next position in this list with four centuries in 2015 CWC.
Rohit Sharma also hit the joint most centuries in CWC history
Also, it was the sixth century for Rohit Sharma in his Cricket World Cup career. Only the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar hit six CWC centuries before Rohit Sharma. So, Rohit is now the joint most century hitter in Cricket World Cup history.
The latest century was the third consecutive ODI century for Rohit Sharma. In the previous two matches of this tournament, Rohit scored 102 runs against England and 104 runs against Bangladesh. After Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma is now the second Indian batsman to hit three successive ODI centuries. In last October, the Indian captain Virat Kohli hit three straight ODI centuries during the home ODI series against Windies.
After Kumar Sangakkara, Rohit becomes the second batsman to hit three consecutive centuries in a CWC edition. In 2015 CWC, Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara hit four successive centuries which is also a record in ODI history.
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