Rohit Sharma’s 7th World Cup ton makes records tumble in Delhi

It was the Rohit Sharma show against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley stadium. Chasing a target of 273 Afghanistan might have fancied their chances of challenging the Men in Blue but all hopes of scripting an upset were thrown out of the window as Rohit Sharma took strike. The right-hander was on song from the first ball as he played his trademark pull shorts against the Afghan medium pacers. 

He looked in full control while batting and broke several records on the way to his seventh World Cup century, which is the most by any player in World Cup history. 

Here’s a look at all the records broken during the match.

556- Rohit broke Chris Gayle's record to become the batter to hit the most sixes in international cricket. The Indian captain has hit 556 sixes so far

31- Rohit with his ton against Afghanistan went past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting to be third on the list of players with the most hundred in ODI cricket, He has scored 31 centuries in this format and is only behind Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli who has 49 and 47 centuries respectively

7- Rohit has now scored seven World Cup centuries which is the most by a batter in ODI World Cup history. He went past Sachin Tendulkar who scored 6 centuries. Rohit has taken only 19 innings to get to this milestone

Most hundreds in World Cups

7 - Rohit Sharma

6 - Sachin Tendulkar

5 - Ricky Ponting

5 - Kumar Sangakkara

29- Rohit is now second on the list of openers with most centuries in ODI cricket which is led by Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar has scored 45 centuries while opening the batting whereas Rohit Sharma has 29 centuries to his name as an opener

He now has three World Cup hundreds in a successful chase, another record, surpassing Gordon Greenidge, Ramiz Raja, and Stephen Fleming, who had two each. 

63- Rohit scored his 31st ODI century off just 63 balls which is the fastest in terms of balls faced by an Indian in the World Cup, breaking the record previously held by Virender Sehwag, who did it in 81 balls against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007. It is also the second-fastest hundred in a World Cup chase

Fastest hundreds in World Cups (by balls faced)

49 - Aiden Markram (SA) vs SL, Delhi, 2023

50 - Kevin O'Brien (IRE) vs ENG, Bengaluru, 2011

51 - Glenn Maxwell (AUS) vs SL, Sydney, 2015

52 - AB de Villiers (SA) vs WI, Sydney, 2015

57 - Eoin Morgan (ENG) vs AFG, Manchester, 2019

63 - Rohit Sharma vs AFG, Delhi, 2023

It is also the fifth-fastest hundred for India in ODI cricket in terms of balls faced

Fastest ODI hundreds for India (by balls faced)

52 - Virat Kohli vs AUS, Jaipur, 2013

60 - Virender Sehwag vs NZ, Hamilton, 2009

61 - Virat Kohli vs AUS, Nagpur, 2013

62 - Mohammad Azharuddin vs NZ, Baroda, 1988

63 - Rohit Sharma vs AFG, Delhi, 2023 

India scored 94 runs in the first powerplay which is the second most runs scored by them in the first 10 overs

Highest PP scores for India (where data available*)

97/2 vs SL, Hobart, 2012

94/0 vs AFG, Delhi, 2023

91/1 vs SL, Colombo, 2021

87/0 vs SA, Nagpur, 2011

83/1 vs WI, Port of Spain, 2019

 Rohit Sharma scored 131 runs which is the highest score for an Indian batter in a successful chase in the World Cup. The previous highest score was 127 runs scored by Sachin Tendulkar against Kenya in the 1996 World Cup

Highest targets successfully chased by India in World Cups

288 vs Zimbabwe, Auckland, 2015

275 vs Sri Lanka, Mumbai WS, 2011 Final

274 vs Pakistan, Centurion, 2003

273 vs Afghanistan, Delhi, 2023

265 vs Sri Lanka, Headingley, 2019

Afghanistan has now lost 14 consecutive ODI World Cup matches which is the second most consecutive matches without a win. Zimbabwe unfortunately lead the chart with 18 World Cup matches without a win from 1983 to 1992

Most consecutive defeats in ODI World Cups

18 - Zimbabwe (1983-1992)

14 - Scotland (1999-2015)

14* - Afghanistan (2015-2023)

11 - Canada (2003-2011)

10 - Netherlands (1996-2003)

India gunned down the 273-run target in just 35 overs, making it the fastest 250-plus chase in World Cups in terms of the run rate. Three of the top five have now come within the first week of the ongoing edition.

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