In numbers: Rohit Sharma, the ODI phenomenon
With a majestic 159-run knock against West Indies in Vizag, Rohit Sharma has become the highest ODI run-scorer in 2019 and has climbed to the 4th spot among batsmen with most ODI tons.
The Hitman takes his own sweet time to begin with, a template he has religiously followed since being promoted to open the innings. Block, poke, block, single, block, block, single and once he gets into his groove, it's only crash, bang and wallop.
In theory, it is quite a simple template: take your time in the powerplay, score in singles and doubles in the middle overs, gradually begin to accelerate after the 30-over mark and peak at the death. But, there is no one in contemporary cricket who can execute this formula better that Rohit Sharma.
In his 159-run knock against West Indies in Vizag as well, he was nine off 19 balls at the end of fifth over and brought up his ton from a relatively sedate 107 deliveries. But, owing to his terrific six-hitting ability, the Indian vice-captain knows he can always catch up. Consequently, Sharma blasted his last 59 runs off just 31 deliveries.
Some of his overall ODI numbers and that in 2019 itself are breathtaking.
Most 100s in a Calendar Year as Opener
Rohit - 10 (2019)*
Sachin - 9 (1998)
G Smith - 9 (2005)
Warner - 9 (2016)
Most runs in a Calendar Year by Indian Opener
2357* Rohit Sharma, 2019
2355 Virender Sehwag, 2008
1887 Shikhar Dhawan, 2018
1868 Virender Sehwag, 2010
1840 Sachin Tendulkar, 1998
Most ODI 100s
49 - Tendulkar
43 - Kohli
30 - Ponting
28* - ROHIT
28 - Jayasuriya
Highest individual scores for India in ODIs
2013: Rohit Sharma (209)
2014: Rohit Sharma (264)
2015: Rohit Sharma (150)
2016: Rohit Sharma (171*)
2017: Rohit Sharma (208*)
2018: Rohit Sharma (162)
2019: Rohit Sharma (159)
Highest opening partnerships for India in ODIs
258 Tendulkar - Ganguly vs Ken 2001
252 Tendulkar - Ganguly vs SL 1998
231 Dhawan - Rahane vs SL 2014
227 Rohit - Rahul vs WI 2019
Players with more ODI centuries in a calendar year than Rohit Sharma:— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2019
1. Sachin Tendulkar
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Most ODI 100s since the start of 2017
18 - Rohit Sharma
17 - Virat Kohli
9 - Jonny Bairstow
8 - Dhawan/Babar/Finch/Root
Most ODI 100s in a calendar year
9 - Tendulkar, 1998 (33 innings)
7 - Ganguly, 2000 (32)
7 - Warner, 2016 (23)
7* - Rohit, 2019 (26)
It has come to a stage where every time Rohit Sharma gets past 100, fans begin to expect a double century from him. "Rohit looks in the mood today. Fancy a double ton?" echoes across drawing rooms.
When he was finally dismissed for 159 in Vizag, there was more disappointment in the fans that he missed out on a double ton than the joy of him having breached the 150 landmark.
Overambitious? Unrealistic? But that's Rohit Sharma for you.
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