Rohit Sharma was in the limelight just 10 days back for hitting his 3rd double century in ODI cricket and yet again he has forced everyone to turn their attention towards him. His love for the Sri Lankan bowling just doesn’t seem to end as he smashed a century in the 2nd T20I in Indore off just 35 balls and equaled David Miller’s record of the fastest hundred in the shortest format of the game.
The Hitman was on a role from the outset and unleashed his big hits on the opposition bowlers. The ball kept sailing over the boundary ropes and the capacity crowd in the Holkar Stadium was entertained to the fullest. After reaching his half-century off 23 balls in the 9th over, he went into top gear and went ballistic. In the next 13 balls, he brought up the 3 figure mark in 12th over.
He ended up scoring 118 off 43 balls that included 12 fours and 10 sixes. His opening partner KL Rahul too took a leaf out of Rohit’s book and struck some lusty blows. He made 89 runs off 49 balls with 5 fours and 8 sixes but narrowly missed on a hundred.
Due to the magnificent striking, India posted a mammoth total of 260/5 which turned out to be the joint second highest score in the format. Team India struck 21 sixes in the inning which became the joint best alongside Windies. Sri Lanka, in reply, bundled out for 172 and handed India a victory by 88 runs and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.
Rohit Sharma’s 118 became the highest score by an India in T20Is and also the fastest century by an Indian in professional T20 cricket as he went past Yusuf Pathan’s 37-ball hundred in the IPL. He became the only captain to hit 10 sixes in a T20I inning and has reached a total of 64 sixes this year across all formats, which is the most by any player in a year.
Fastest Centuries in T20 Internationals
|David Miller||South Africa||35||Bangladesh||Potchefstroom||2017|
|Rohit Sharma||India||35||Sri Lanka||Indore||2017|
|Richard Levi||South Africa||45||New Zealand||Hamilton||2012|
|Faf du Plessis||South Africa||46||Windies||Johannesburg||2015|
|Glenn Maxwell||Australia||49||Sri Lanka||Pallekele||2016|
|Chris Gayle||Windies||50||South Africa||Johannesburg||2007|
Highest Scores in T20 Internationals
Most Sixes in a T20I Inning
-Stats as of December 22, 2017