The opener also set the record for most international centuries by an opener and most sixes in a calendar year.ttmum
For the seventh straight year, Rohit Sharma ended up recording the highest score by an Indian in ODIs after smashing another daddy hundred in the second match against West Indies at Vishakapatnam on Wednesday.
In just 138 balls, Rohit Sharma was at his destructive best as he blazed 159 at a strike rate of 115.21, helped by 17 fours and 5 maximums, the latter count meant that he had scored the most sixes in a calendar year, a record he has set and broken for the past two years.
"I have said it many times, once you get past your 100, you should bat as long as possible," Rohit Sharma said. "As long as a set batter is out, you can get how much ever you want. I have played 200 plus ODIs, it is my responsibility to get as many runs as I can for the team."
Players with more ODI centuries in a calendar year than Rohit Sharma:— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2019
1. Sachin Tendulkar
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Cautious at the beginning, Rohit Sharma paced his innings and reached his half-century in 67 balls, bringing it up in style with a boundary off Keemo Paul. Having decided that he had had enough of the prodding and pushing, Rohit Sharma unleashed his attacking side, hitting a boundary almost every over after his fifty.
Rohit Sharma, an ARCS Andheri pick in Season 1 of T20 Mumbai, raced to 98 with a four and six and brought up his century in the next over with a single in 107 balls, holding his bat aloft in celebration. It was his tenth international ton in 2019, the most for an opener in any calendar year.
The 32-year-old, known for his big innings, did not stop after reaching three figures as he continued to cart the Windies bowlers all over the park despite losing KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli at the other end.
Shreyas Iyer, captain of NaMo Bandra Blasters in T20 Mumbai, made his way to the crease as Rohit Sharma continued on his merry way, bringing up his 150 off 132 balls with a six off Jason Holder, racing to the landmark from his century in just 25 balls.
He was eventually dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell when he attempted a drive away from his body and the thin edge was pouched by Shai Hope behind the wickets. During his innings, he had forged a 227-run partnership for the opening wicket with KL Rahul and a 60-run fourth-wicket stand with Shreyas Iyer.
However, the run-scoring only ballooned after Rohit Sharma fell. Rishabh Pant came in and hit four quick sixes and Shreyas Iyer, who had hung around for a while, also took inspiration from the wicket-keeper.
Shreyas Iyer hit four sixes and a four off Roston Chase in the 47th over as the duo looted 31 runs, the most India had scored in an over in ODIs.
Most runs off an over in ODIs for India:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 18, 2019
31 - S Iyer/R Pant off R Chase (WI), Vizag, 2019*
28 - S Tendulkar/A Jadeja off C Drum, Hyderabad, 1999
27 - Z Khan/A Agarkar off H Olonga, Jodhpur, 2000#INDvWI
Shreyas Iyer brought up his fourth-consecutive ODI half-century, all of which have come against West Indies, off just 28 balls and eventually fell for a momentum-building 53 (32b, 3x4s, 4x6s) as India finished with a mammoth 387-5 on the board. With Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer had put on 73 runs for the fifth wicket in just 24 balls.
India went on to win the match by 107 runs as West Indies folded for 280, courtest Mohammed Shami's three-wicket haul and Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick.
💥 What. A. Game! 🤙🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/7QJDHcEw67— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) December 18, 2019