The ICC ODI World Cup is one of the most prestigious tournaments in cricket and takes place once every four years. Every player dreams of playing and winning the trophy for their country. Batters want to score the most runs, bowlers want to take the most wickets, and the captain of the team wants to win the tournament. Well, the captain wants to contribute in every possible way for the team, and Rohit Sharma is one of them doing so in the 2023 ODI World Cup. He becomes the third Indian captain to score a century in the ODI World Cup. So let’s take a look at the list of, Indian Captains who have scored centuries in the ODI World Cup.
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Indian Captains who have scored centuries in the ODI World Cup
Only three Indian captains have hit a century in the ODI World Cup. Kapil Dev is the first player to do so, followed by Sourav Ganguly and now Rohit Sharma.
1. Kapil Dev: 1 century
The 1983 ODI World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev, is the first Indian captain to hit a century in the ODI World Cup. He scored 175 not out in a must-win match for India against Zimbabwe. He came to bat when India was at 9 runs and had lost four wickets. Kapil Dev single-handedly carried the Indian batting lineup on his shoulder and managed India to post a total of 266 runs. He took only 138 balls to score 175 runs, and his innings consisted of 16 fours and six sixes.
2. Sourav Ganguly: 3 centuries
The second captain to hit a century in the ODI World Cup is Sourav Ganguly. Not once, not twice, but he scored a century three times as a captain, and all were in the 2003 ODI World Cup. These were all his three-century knocks in the 2003 ODI World Cup.
- 112 runs vs Namibia
- 117 runs vs Kenya
- 111 runs vs Kenya (Semi-finals)
Most importantly, he remained not out in all three innings. His innings of 111 runs against Kenya in the semi-finals of the 2003 ODI World Cup is one of the best innings he has played.
India had won the toss and had decided to bat first. Both Indian openers, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, gave India an aggressive start, which was further concluded by Saurav Ganguly. He scored 111 runs off 114 balls on a difficult pitch that included five fours and five sixes.
3. Rohit Sharma: 1 century
Rohit Sharma is the new entrant on the list with his century against Afghanistan in the 2023 ODI World Cup. After 20 years, he became the third captain to score a century in the ODI World Cup for the team. He scored 131 runs off just 84 balls, chasing a target of 273 runs. He smashed the Afghani bowlers for fun, and his innings comprised a total of 21 boundaries, of which 16 were fours and five were sixes.