Indian cricket team skipper Rohit Sharma has joined an exclusive list in the game. The senior batter has reached the 16,000-run mark in international cricket during India’s T20I series versus West Indies, which the visitors won 4-1. India will next play an ODI series versus Zimbabwe, which Rohit is skipping. He will next be seen in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, starting August 27. Being one of the greats in modern-day cricket, Rohit is a champion performer and has plenty of crunch numbers up his sleeves. He has led the team well after Virat Kohli stepped down. Rohit is a versatile player who is a key asset across formats for Team India. This article looks at 10 records the Hitman owns in the game.
7th Indian to smash 16,000 runs in the game
Rohit has amassed 16,000 runs in cricket at a phenomenal average of 43.46. He has piled up 43 tons and 86 fifties. The right-handed batter has smashed 1,504 fours in cricket alongside a total of 477 sixes. Sachin Tendulkar leads the scoring charts for India with 34,357 runs. He is followed by Rahul Dravid (24,208), Kohli (23,726), Sourav Ganguly (18,575), MS Dhoni (17,256), and Virender Sehwag (17,253).
Highest run-getter in T20Is
Rohit has bossed the shortest format with ease. He is the leading run-getter in T20Is, scoring 3,487 runs at an average of 32.28. He has four tons and 27 fifties. He has a strike rate of 140.26. Martin Guptil (3,446) and Virat Kohli (3,308) are the second and third-highest run-getters, respectively.
Highest individual score in ODIs
Rohit holds the record for the highest individual score in ODI cricket. The star Indian batter hit a majestic 264 versus Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 13, 2014. In fact, no other batter has scored 250 or more in ODIs. Rohit hit 33 fours and nine sixes in that epic innings against the Lankans.
Most double-centuries in ODIs
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batter in ODI history to smash a double-century. Barring Sachin, only five other batters, including Rohit, have amassed a 200-plus score in ODIs. However, Rohit is the only one with two-plus double-tons in ODIs. In fact, he has hit three 200-plus scores in the format (264 vs Sri Lanka, 209 versus Australia, and 208 versus Sri Lanka).
Most ODI tons in a World Cup edition
In the ICC 2019 World Cup, Rohit went on to amass a total of five hundreds. He achieved the mark across nine matches. Notably, he scored a record 648 runs at 81.00. His five centuries in a WC edition is the highest by any player. Rohit bettered the record held by Kumar Sangakkara (4) in the 2015 edition.
2nd-highest sixes in international cricket
Rohit is one of the most natural players when it comes to dealing with maximums. In fact, the player is the second-highest in terms of hitting sixes in international cricket. Rohit has belted 477 sixes and managed to get past Shahid Afridi’s tally of 476 in the recently concluded series versus WI. Rohit is only behind Chris Gayle (553).
Most centuries and 50-plus scores in T20Is
Rohit leads the show in terms of most T20I hundreds smashed. He has so far hit four hundreds in the 20-over format. Sabawoon Davizi, Colin Munro, and Glenn Maxwell have three T20I tons each. Rohit is also the highest-ranked player in terms of most 50-plus scores in T20Is (31). Recently, he steered clear of Kohli (30).
Third-fastest to 9,000 ODI runs
Rohit is the third-fastest to 9,000 career ODI runs. He achieved the mark in his 217th inning back in 2020. Kohli is the fastest to the mark, achieving the same in 194 innings. AB de Villiers is next, having taken 205 innings. In fact, the Top 5 list in this regard boasts of four Indians (also Sachin and Ganguly).
Joint-second highest number of ODI tons in a year
Rohit has the joint-second highest number of ODI tons in a calendar year. He shares the record of seven tons alongside David Warner of Australia and former India skipper Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record in this record, smashing nine centuries in 1998.
2nd-highest fours in T20Is; 3rd-highest number of catches
Rohit has smashed a whopping 313 fours in T20Is. This is the second-highest number in the format. Ireland’s Paul Stirling (337) has hit the most number of fours. Meanwhile, Rohit is also placed third on the list in terms of catches taken in T20Is. He has claimed 52 catches and is only behind David Miller (72) and Martin Guptill (65).