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Rohit Sharma can go past Ganguly, Tendulkar in the Windies ODI series

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

After a dominant series win by 2-0 over Windies, team India now faces the opposition in the 5-match ODI series. While several records were broken in the longest format of the game by the Indians, there’s another approaching milestone for Rohit Sharma. The vice-captain of the side has a chance to surpass 2 of the greats of Indian cricket.

Rohit can go past Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar in terms of the number of sixes. So far in his ODI career, Rohit has struck 186 sixes. Ganguly has a record of hitting 190 sixes while Tendulkar hit 196 maximums. Going by the form Rohit showed in the Asia Cup, it seems certain that he will overtake the two former cricketers.

The opener currently stands 4th amongst the Indians for the most number of ODI sixes. The former captain MS Dhoni is leading the charts with 217 sixes. Overall, Shahid Afridi holds the record for the most number of sixes. The former Pakistani all-rounder has 351 sixes to his name.

The India-Windies series will feature 5 ODIs starting October 21. The visitors were blown away in the Test series and one might not expect them to come out hard in ODIs either. Rohit Sharma has been in an outstanding form in the format and he should surpass Ganguly and Tendulkar.

He is not too far away from Dhoni either. Currently, he is 31 sixes shy of Dhoni. With the wicketkeeper-batsman reaching the fag end of his career and Rohit having plenty of years ahead of him, the latter has a great opportunity to lead the table amongst the Indians.

Most number of sixes in ODI cricket

Player Country Mat Inns Sixes
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 398 369 351
Chris Gayle Windies 284 279 275
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 445 433 270
MS Dhoni India 327 278 217
AB de Villiers South Africa 228 218 204
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 260 228 200
Sachin Tendulkar India 463 452 195
Sourav Ganguly India 311 300 190
Rohit Sharma India 188 182 186
Eoin Morgan England 211 197 169

– Stats as of October 17, 2018


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