It was an incredible year for Rohit Sharma with the bat in all formats of the game. The flamboyant batsman knocked big tallies for the team to make things fall in place, more often than not. Especially, in limited-overs form of the game, Rohit Sharma went berserk in the middle to break quite a few records to his name. Now, he surpasses Sanath Jayasuriya to break 22-year old record for India.
Batting for India in the second innings of the third ODI at Cuttack against West Indies, Rohit Sharma filled the gap of those 9 runs with a couple of beautiful boundaries and a single to beat the record of Sanath Jayasuriya. He surpassed the Sri Lanka legend to score highest runs by an opening batsman in a single calendar year, across the formats.
Rohit Sharma had a sensation year:
The record for the most runs in a year across formats had previously been held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who had scored 2387 runs at the top of the Sri Lanka batting order in 1997. The third highest run-getter as an opener in a single calendar year is Virender Sehwag, who scored 2355 runs across all formats in 2008.
Rohit Sharma started the innings in Cuttack with 2,379 runs under his belt this year. He quickly smashed the remaining nine runs to outsmart the tally of Sanath Jayasuriya to etch his name on a beautiful record. Ahead of the series against West Indies, Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally looked in the safe position, as there is almost a 180-run difference between them.
However, in the 2nd ODI against Kieron Pollard’s men, with the series at stake, Rohit once again rose to the occasion to score a massive 159-run tally on the board. It was also the highest score registered by a batsman in the calendar year for India. Following the knock, the record was in a real spot of danger, with only nine runs required, which he did it with ease in the final ODI.
As far as the match is concerned, the West Indies Cricket Team posted a stern total of 315 runs on the board, after losing the toss. The young Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard unleashed themselves to knock the Indian bowlers to all corners of the park in Cuttack.