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SA vs IND 2018: Rohit Sharma overtakes Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of sixes in Int’l cricket

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

The ‘Hitman’, Rohit Sharma, not only shed his poor run of form with his dazzling century but also achieved a special feat during his knock.

During his 115 off just 126 at Port Elizabeth on Tuesday (February 13), Rohit smashed four huge sixes in his innings.

The much-needed knock was also comprised of eleven boundaries in addition to the four maximums. But the trademark slog over mid-on off Tabraiz Shamsi, which went many a mile into stands, would hold a special place in Rohit’s record books.

Arguably the most elegant six-hitter presently brought up his 265th maximum in the international fold.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

With that shot over the long-on region which sailed past the rope, Rohit surpassed Master Blaster’s tally of 264 sixes in international circuit.

The Indian vice-captain now becomes the second highest six-hitter in the history of Indian cricket. The former Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, remains the undisputed king of sixes with his tally of mind-boggling 338 sixes to his name.

The fourth place in the list of six-hitters is occupied by the prince of Indian cricket, Yuvraj Singh. The left-handed batter has 251 maximums to his name, better than the tally of Sourav Ganguly who registered 247 sixes.

Rohit on a six-hitting spree this season

It doesn’t stop here for Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai Indians captain also broke the record of most number sixes in a season. Incredibly, he also holds the record for the most number of sixes in a calendar year.

Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri, Hitman, Nickname, India,
Rohit believes they are supposed to give their best on South Africa tour. Photo Credit: BCCI.

In the year 2017, Rohit Sharma smacked a staggering 65 sixes in the calendar year 2017. Now, the Indian opener broke the record for most number of maximums in a season with 57 hits over the ropes in the 2017-18 season.

Above all that, the innings at Port Elizabeth would hold a special place in Rohit Sharma’s career. The 115 came during a torrid time in the South African tour, which may also put to rest the criticism of him being only just a domestic bully.

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