Last Update on: July 12th, 2022 at 10:11 pm
India captain Rohit Sharma became the first Indian batter to reach the 250 sixes milestone in one-day international cricket during his 76* run knock against England in the first ODI which was played at the Oval in London on July 12, 2022.
Rohit Sharma’s 76* consisted of 7 fours and 5 sixes, with all of them coming off his favorite pull shot, and with Shikhar Dhawan making 31*, India reached the target of 111 in 18.4 overs with the duo adding 114 unbeaten runs for the opening wicket, their 18th century stand in ODIs.
Meanwhile, the duo also went past the 5,000-run mark for the opening partnership in ODIs, making them only the second Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (6609 runs) to achieve this feat and now have the fourth most runs in 5108 in 112 innings with 18 century stands and their highest stand being 210 runs.
Earlier, Jasprit Bumrah’s 6/19 and Mohammad Shami’s 3/31 helped the Indian team bowl out England for 110 runs inside 26 overs as the hosts’ batting line-up had no answer to the swing and seam generated by the Indian bowlers, as four batters made ducks.
Rohit Sharma Becomes The Fourth Most Six Hitter In ODI Cricket
Rohit Sharma was peppered with short balls during his stay in the Oval ODI and managed to deposit five of those in the stands. And these five sixes helped him reach the 250 sixes milestone in ODI cricket, becoming the first Indian to do so.
Rohit Sharma now has 250 sixes in 231 ODIs and 224 innings in which he has made 9359 runs with 29 centuries and a highest personal best of 264. He already is the only batter to hit more than one double-hundreds in ODI cricket, having hit 3 such scores of 200 plus, and was the second captain after Virender Sehwag to hit a double-ton in ODIs.
He also became the fourth most six-hitter in ODI cricket history. Ahead of him in the third spot is Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, who hit 270 sixes in 445 ODIs. On the second spot is West Indies entertainer Chris Gayle, who has 331 sixes in 301 ODI matches.
However at the numero uno position is Pakistan’s six-hitting machine Shahid Afridi, who is the only batter to his more than 350 sixes (351) which came in 398 ODI matches.