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Making history at the World Cup, Rohit Sharma is the only Indian to ever pull off this unusual feat

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Rohit Sharma struck 50 or more ODI sixes in a calendar year, making him the first player from India and third overall.

Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, is playing brilliantly in the current ODI World Cup. On Sunday in Dharamsala, during India’s game against New Zealand, the seasoned opening batsman accomplished an uncommon achievement. After hitting 50 or more ODI sixes in a calendar year, Rohit became the first player from India and the third overall. Only AB de Villiers of South Africa and legendary West Indies batsman Chris Gayle have hit or more maximums in a calendar year before Rohit. After smashing New Zealand pacer Matt Henry for a six in the second over of India’s 274-run chase, Rohit accomplished the feat.

Batters with 50 ODI sixes in a calendar year

58 – AB de Villiers (2015)
56 – Chris Gayle (2019)
53 – Rohit Sharma (2023)

Rohit scored a blistering 46 runs in the 12th over, but Lockie Ferguson removed him with India needing to reach a target of 274 runs.

“Very good tournament beginning. Half the job is done. It’s crucial to maintain balance. To avoid planning too far ahead. It’s critical to remain in the now. Shami seized the chance wholeheartedly. He is a skilled bowler and has expertise in these circumstances. We were looking at more than 300 at one point. We are proud of our back end bowlers. I’m having fun with my batting. Both are different personalities but we (Him and Gill) compliment each other.

Glad we came out on top. Very little to say. This is what Kohli has done for us for a very long time. He believed he could complete the task. We lost a couple of wickets in the middle, but Jadeja and Kohli got us back,” Rohit stated following the game.
Earlier, in Sunday’s top-of-the-table match at Dharamsala, Daryl Mitchell struck a brilliant century to lead New Zealand to 273 all out against India.
Following their invitation to bat first, New Zealand lost their opening pair early on, but Mitchell (130) and Rachin Ravindra (75) combined for 159 runs to turn the tide of the innings.

The two beat Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth’s 1987 record of 136 to create the highest stand between the two nations at a World Cup for any wicket.

In his maiden tournament debut, Mohammed Shami, a fast bowler, recorded figures of 5-54 to help India rally in the last ten overs.

Despite Ravindra’s departure in the 34th over, Mitchell continued to push for his sixth tonne in an ODI.

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