India star Rohit Sharma, on Tuesday, created history by slamming his fourth century in T20Is during the second T20I against Windies in Lucknow.
Rohit Sharma has now become the player with most centuries in the shortest format of the game. He became the first player to score four tons, thus going past New Zealand’s Colin Munro who has scored three centuries. In the same game, he surpassed skipper Virat Kohli to become the highest run scorer in T20Is for India.
His previous century had come back in July of this year when he was 100 not out against England in Bristol. In that very game, he had become the second Indian and fifth overall to cross the 2,000-run mark in T20Is.
Rohit began the proceedings in Lucknow on a cautious note, conceding a maiden first over. However, once he hit a four in the third over, there was no looking back. Both he and Shikhar Dhawan got into their grooves to set the tone.
Rohit reached his fifty in the 13th over before Fabian Allen ended his 123-run stand with Dhawan by dismissing the latter. The right-hander remained till the end, scoring 111 from 61 balls. His knock was studded with 8 fours and 7 sixes as he powered India to finish 195/2 from 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma is now the second-highest run-scorer with 2203 runs, in T20Is behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill. He overtook New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik.
He also put himself joint third highest on the list of most sixes in an innings. He equaled Yuvraj Singh’s feat of 7 sixes against England in 2007. Interestingly, Rohit is the holder of this record too for his ten sixes against Sri Lanka in Indore last year.
He is also India’s most prolific six hitter in the T20Is. Rohit also went past New Zealand great Brendon McCullum on the list of most T20I sixes. Rohit now has 96 sixes as compared to McCullum’s 91 sixes.