Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Team India skipper Rohit Sharma is in great form in the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The aggressive right-handed batsman achieved a rare feat during the match against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday. 

The Indian captain became the first Indian player, third overall, to hit 50 or more ODI sixes in a calendar year. Rohit achieved the feat after hitting New Zealand pacer Matt Henry for a six in the second over of India’s 274-run chase.

Prior to Rohit, only South Africa’s AB de Villiers and West Indies great Chris Gayle had struck or more maximums in a calendar year. While AB de Villiers hit 58 sixes in 2015, Chris Gayle struck 56 sixes in 2019.

During India’s run chase, Rohit hit a quickfire 46 before Lockie Ferguson dismissed him in the 12th over.

“Good start to the tournament. Job is half done. Important to stay balanced. Not to think too far ahead. Important to stay in the present. Shami took the oppurtunity with both hands. He has the experience in these conditions and is a class bowler. At one stage, we were looking at 300 plus. Credit to our bowlers at the back end. I am enjoying my batting,” said Rohit after the match.