Rohit Sharma surpasses Virat Kohli: India vice-captain has now surpassed his captain after third consecutive century in this World Cup.
India vice-captain Rohit Sharma has continued his golden run in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Playing against Bangladesh, Sharma scored his 26th ODI century to lay a solid foundation for the others to follow.
In what was his third consecutive ODI century, it was also his fourth of the tournament. Having scored 544 runs at an average of 90.66 and a strike rate of 96.96 including four centuries and a half-century, Sharma is now the highest run-scorer of the tournament.
Sharma has also joined hands with former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who had become the first batsman to score four centuries in a World Cup (2015). Overall, Sharma has scored five centuries in the World Cup at a staggering rate.
Most 100s in World Cup:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) July 2, 2019
Rohit Sharma surpasses Virat Kohli
Other than surpassing some of the great of the game, Sharma has also surpassed his captain in Virat Kohli. Since the start of 2017, Sharma has scored more ODI centuries than Kohli. While the latter has scored more runs, Sharma tops the number of centuries.
In 60 ODIs since the start of 2017, Sharma has scored 3,423 runs at an average of 67.11 and a strike rate of 95.32 including 16 centuries and 13 half-centuries. In the same period, Kohli has scored 3,681 runs in 58 ODIs at an average of 80.02 and a strike rate of 99.03 including 15 centuries and 16 half-centuries.
5th century in 15 World Cup innings for Rohit Sharma. Amazing hunger and consistency. #IndvBan
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 2, 2019
The fact that the next batsman on this list is England opening batsman Jonny Bairstow (8) speaks highly of the manner in which the two Indian batsmen have batted in the last two and a half years.