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India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma becomes 4th Indian batsman to smash 20 ODI hundreds

first_imgRohit Sharma scored his 20th one day international century during the first ODI of the five-match series between India and West Indies at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.Rohit brought up his hundred off 84 balls with a boundary of the bowling of Ashley Nurse in the 32 over.He hence became the fourth Indian to reach the 20 hundreds in ODI cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Live updates | ScorecardRohit finshed his innings with a six to give India a comprehensive 8-wicket win. He was unbeaten on 152 is now the batsman with the most 150+ scores in ODI cricket, as he scored his 6th and overtook Sachin Tendulkar, who has five.His unbeaten 152 is the also the second-best score agianst the West Indies in the 50-over foramt, with Sehwag’s memmorable 219 at Indore in 2011.Rohit hit 15 boundaries and 8 maximums in his century. Rohit also surpassed former India captain Ganguly on the list of most sixes for India in ODIs.HITMANNNN @Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8LBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Onus was on Rohit from the get go after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by debutant Oshane Thomas in the second over of India’s chase of 323.Rohit started off slowly as he choose to take a back seat after skipper Kohli came in at No.3 and started the onslaught on the West Indies bowlers.HITMAN joins the partyBrings up his 20th ODI ton off 84 deliveries.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/DjUNt6wMCFadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018Rohit was happy to take the singles and rotate the strike. At 37, when Kohli had already surpassed him, Rohit had had enough. He hit spinner Devendra Bishoo for two consecutive sixes to bring up his fifty.READ – Virat Kohli scores 36th ODI hundred, breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s recordAfter Kohli reached his 36th ODI hundred, it was time for Rohit to unleash. He lifted Ashley Nurse for a humongous six to let everyone know at the stadium that he meant business.The Mumbai batsman has been in excellent form with the bat. He recently led Team India to their seventh Asia Cup triumph in the absence of regular captain Kohli.He was the second highest scorer at the Asia Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, as he scored 317 from five games, including an unbeaten 111 against Bangladesh in the Super 4 stage.Since Rohit is not a part of the Indian Test set up, he opted to play for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He played two matches and scored 33 not out and 17.last_img read more