World Cup 2023: Indian captain Rohit Sharma shatters records in the clash against Afghanistan
By siliconindia | Thursday, 12 October 2023, 12:43:24 PM IST
Rohit Sharma, the captain, has stated that it is his duty to ensure a strong start and maintain the mindset of applying pressure on the opposition without faltering in the wake of his remarkable accomplishment of scoring the fastest century by an Indian player at a Cricket World Cup. The 36-year-old opener's brilliant batting performance saw him reach his century in just 63 balls, breaking the previous record of 40 years held by the legendary Kapil Dev. This was the fastest century by an Indian player at a Cricket World Cup.
"When I know I am batting at the top of the order, it is my duty, it is my job to make sure that we achieve that good start, especially in the chase because it helps put the team into a comfortable position early on. And that is something I have done over the years and I love doing that. And, when it works out, it looks really good, but sometimes it doesn't work out. But I want to back myself to keep doing that because that is important, not to lose the mindset of trying and putting that pressure on the opposition", Rohit said after the match.
Rohit's groundbreaking performances saw him create records, as his century against Afghanistan made him the player with the most centuries in ODI World Cup history, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's long-standing world record. He created the record in just three ODI World Cup against Sachin Tendulkar’s record of creating them across six editions of the tournament. He also became the second Indian to score centuries in three consecutive World Cups after Sachin. This was Rohit Sharma’s 31st century in ODI cricket, which means he is the third-highest century-getter in ODI cricket history, upstaging Ricky Ponting (30).
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