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Rohit Sharma’s Record-Breaking Century In T20Is Rescues India With Rinku Singh
By CricShots - Jan 17, 2024 9:02 pm
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India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, etched his name in T20 International history by becoming the first batter to achieve five centuries in the format. After consecutive ducks in the first two matches against Afghanistan, Sharma made a stunning comeback with a century in the third T20I. His remarkable innings of 121 runs off 64 balls, featuring 10 fours and 6 sixes, played a pivotal role in rescuing India from a precarious position at 22/4.

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Rohit Sharma scored his 5th T20I century

Sharma’s last T20I century was in 2018 against West Indies, where he scored an unbeaten 111 at Lucknow. This century, however, surpassed his previous record, highlighting his dominance in the shortest format.

The skipper, along with Rinku Singh’s aggressive 69, led India to a commanding position against Afghanistan’s bowling attack in Bengaluru. The remarkable turnaround showcased Sharma’s resilience and ability to bounce back, ultimately steering India to a formidable total in the third T20I.

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Eventually, India registered a mammoth score of 212/4 in their quota of 20 overs owing to some brutal hitting from both Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh in the slog overs. For context, they amassed as many as 103 runs in the last 5 overs including 36 runs in the final over. Also, Rinku also amassed his second T20I fifty and on both occasions, he came out to bat in the powerplay overs.

Here is the video of Rohit Sharma’s century moment:

Earlier in that day, opting to bat first after winning the toss, Rohit Sharma explained, “We have bowled in the first two games, so we want to bat first. Nothing to do with the pitch. We want to try different things, different combinations.”

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In terms of team composition, the playing XI for India sees the exclusion of Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, and Jitesh Sharma, making way for Sanju Samson, Avesh Khan, and Kuldeep Yadav. Meanwhile, Afghanistan has excluded Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Fazalhaq Farooqi from the playing XI.

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