Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma has entered the record books after notching up his second T20I century against Sri Lanka on Friday. With this feat, he became the joint-fastest centurion equaling South African batsman David Miller’s record. Both batsmen took 35 balls to reach their respective centuries.
Weeks after scoring his third double hundred in ODIs, Rohit continued his dominance with the bat in the limited-overs format. Rohit hit a mind-boggling 11 fours and 8 sixes in the run-up to his century.
Here’s a look at the quickest T20I hundreds:
35 balls – Rohit Sharma and David Miller
45 balls – Richard Levi
46 balls – Faf du Plessis and KL Rahul
47 Balls – Aaron Finch/Chris Gayle
Rohit was dismissed for 118 runs off only 43 runs. He hit 12 fours and 10 sixes to reach his 118 at an astonishing batting strike-rate of 274.42. He was foxed by Sri Lanka’s Dushmantha Chameera’s slower delivery and was caught by Akila Dananjaya. India finished the innings with their highest T20I score of 260/5 in 20 overs.
Earlier on Wednesday, Rohit became the second Indian after Virat Kohli to score 1,500 runs in T20 Internationals. Rohit got to his landmark in the first of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka played at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack.
Having started his international career at the age of 20, Sharma quickly came to be pegged by many analysts as a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team in the next decade. He made his ODI debut on 23 June 2007 against Ireland. In 2013, he started playing as an opening batsman for India ODI team, and performed consistently.
In December 2017, India captain Virat Kohli was rested for the ODIs and T20I against Sri Lanka, in preparation for India’s tour to South Africa at the end of the year. As a result, Rohit was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career.