Even though India lost the 4th ODI against Australia at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday evening, it didn’t stop Rohit Sharma from making a unique record. The recently appointed vice-captain of the Indian cricket team who is often hailed as one of the finest batsmen of modern-day cricket, became the first batsman in the ODI history to hit 50 sixes against Australia. The Mumbai Indians skipper had 48 sixes to his name before the Bangalore ODI started.
Chasing a target of 334 runs, Rohit (65) and Ajinkya Rahane (53) got India off to a brilliant start by adding 106 runs for the opening wicket in 18.2 overs. During his knock, Rohit looked in sublime touch before being dismissed as a result of a terrible mix-up with skipper Virat Kohli in 23rd over of the innings. To reach this landmark, Rohit smoked Aussie pacer Kane Richardson over deep midwicket. His 49th six was a pull shot off Pat Cummins that sailed into the stands at deep mid-wicket.
At one stage, it looked like Rohit might seal the game for India. He blasted yet another six off Travis Head but on 65, was run-out after Virat Kohli had punched a good length ball to point but some sharp fielding from Steve Smith resulted in Rohit being sent back from the striker’s end.
Rohit is now only the third player in ODI history to hit fifty sixes against a one specific team. Sanath Jayasuriya smashed 53 sixes against India while Pakistan’s dashing batsman Shahid Afridi achieved this feat against three sides. He smashed 63 sixes against Sri Lanka, 51 against India and fifty against New Zealand. Of course, considering that Rohit is a long way from retirement, he will definitely overtake these stalwarts.
Going by his record, Rohit certainly enjoys batting against Australia, especially at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. He had previously blasted 16 sixes during his knock of 209 against Australia in 2013 at the same venue. That still remains to be the joint-highest in ODIs, with AB de Villiers.