Rohit Sharma is one of the best batsmen in international cricket. He is an even greater opener. He is an artist with a bat. Rohit never fails to enthrall his fans with his sumptuous shots. Hitman as he is popularly known is known for his power-hitting abilities. Sharma plays exceptionally well in all formats of the game. He is a pivotal part of whichever team he plays in. When it’s Hitman’s day, nothing and nobody can stop him. His records speak about his exceptional talent. There must be no country playing international cricket, that must be spared of his wrath. Rohit’s pull-shot is a treat for the eyes. He plays in a manner that these impossible-looking records are achieved so effortlessly. There are numerous unforgettable innings of the Hitman. However, today we will be looking at the 5 Best Innings of Rohit Sharma.
5 Best Innings of Rohit Sharma of All Time
5) 50 vs South Africa, Durban, 2007
2007 was the year Rohit Sharma made his international debut. In T20 WC 2007, Rohit made some crucial knocks. Particularly, this innings of 50* was the one that continued India’s journey in the ICC tournament. Eventually, India went on to win the title. This match was a must-win. As a result, India played Semis against Australia. South African bowlers were giving India a hard time. With 3-33, the team was struggling. Undoubtedly, Rohit came to be India’s savior. He scored an unbeaten 50. It was with 7 fours and 2 sixes that he went on to score 50.
Also, Dhoni scored a quick 45 off 33 deliveries. Resultantly, India had put 153/5 on board. This was not a safe total to chase. However, Indian bowlers were excellent that evening. RP Singh took 3 wickets giving only 13 runs. Further in the series, he scored an important and quick 30 off 16 balls in the final. As a result, India won the inaugural T20 WC.
4) 122 vs South Africa, Southampton, 2019
If Rohit Sharma ever writes a biography, a plethora of words will be used to describe the year 2019. His performance in the 2019 ICC WC was phenomenal. Hitting 5 centuries in a single edition of the World Cup, Rohit made another record. South Africa had scored only 227 and it seemed to be an easy chase for India. But India lost Dhawan’s wicket early. It was followed by Virat’s wicket. The South African bowlers were making optimum use of the conditions and were dominating team India. All India needed was a calm approach. Rohit did exactly the same. India went from a win seeming difficult to win the match by 6 wickets. At first, Rohit drove on his luck. However, as he was set, he started playing his best shots. His 122* off 144 deliveries with 13 fours and 2 sixes, led to India’s easy win.
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3) 209 vs Australia, Bangalore, 2013
The year 2013 had established Rohit as the run-making machine that he is. The tie-breaking 7th ODI was a must-win for India. 2 matches of the series were abandoned due to rain. In the final ODI, India got a good start. As the best opening duo, Shikhar and Rohit were taking the best advantage of the small boundary and fast outfield. Rohit slowly and steadily reached his 100 in the 37th over. It was only after this that he unleashed his inner Hitman. In the upcoming overs, he became the only 3rd person to hit a double-century in ODI. All three were scored by Indians.
He also made a record of hitting most sixes (16) in an innings. However, this was later broken by Eoin Morgan. Rohit also smashed 12 fours, scoring 209 off 152 deliveries, with a strike rate of 132.27. It was a miscommunication with Rohit, that Virat Kohli was run out. However, Rohit made up for this, by leading to India’s win by 3-2. In addition to Player of the Match, he was also conferred with Player of the Series.
2) 208 vs Sri Lanka, Mohali, 2017
It seems Rohit has something against Sri Lanka. Because two of his ODI Double-tons are against Sri Lanka. In the second ODI, Rohit made his third ODI double-century. He makes talking about 3 double tons seems very natural. Something only hitman can do. India batting first scored 392/4. India got a firm start with Dhawan and Rohit. Dhawan went on to score 68. After Shikhar’s wicket, Shreyas Iyer supported Rohit in the best possible manner, scoring 88 himself. Even this time, Rohit started it slow. He reached 100 in the 38th over. Once he was established, he started playing his best shots. He smashed 208 not out of 153 deliveries. He had hit 13 fours and 12 sixes.
This innings became all the way more special, coming on Rohit and Ritika’s 2nd anniversary. He dedicated his 3rd double-ton to her. Sri Lanka, batting second could not chase the target. And India won by a massive 141 runs.
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1) 264 vs Sri Lanka, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, 2014
This has to be the most memorable innings the Hitman has ever played. Not just Rohit’s best, but this is one of Cricket’s best innings ever. This inning will be written in cricket’s history in golden words. 264! Rohit made something unimaginable his reality. The reality that makes him one of the best ODI players ever. He became the first batsman ever to hit a 250+ score in the ODIs. Still remains to be the only person ever to do so. This time it was Sri Lanka, destined to face his wrath.
The way he starts, no opponent can know he’s going to thrash them like anything in the coming overs. He achieved the first 50 runs in 73 balls. Following this, he picked up the pace. Hitting unbelievable 33 fours and 9 sixes, he scored 264 off 173 deliveries. While achieving this, Rohit made several records. He became the first person to hit a double-ton twice in ODIs. He later broke his own record, by hitting another double-century. Rohit also holds the record for highest fours (33) in an inning. The highest individual score in ODI is Rohit Sharma’s 264 off 173 deliveries.
“I said in the press conference yesterday that once Rohit gets going he is very dangerous. Today is the kind of day I can tell my kids I was there.”Virat Kohli on Rohit’s 264
5 Best Innings of Rohit Sharma of All Time
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