After scoring 10 and 42 in the first two games against Australia, Indian opener Rohit Sharma bounced back in style to make the most of the batting-friendly conditions at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday as he registered his 29th century in the 50-over format.
By reaching the triple-figure mark, Rohit joined Virat Kohli in an elite list. The ‘Hitman’ now stands fourth in the all-time list of most centuries in ODIs, as he surpassed Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya’s tally of 28 hundreds. He now only stands behind Sachin Tendulkar (49), Kohli (43) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (30).
Rohit also became the second-quickest to the landmark, having scored his 29th century in just 217 innings. Only Kohli got to the mark faster than him – 185 innings.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 19, 2020
Just because we see it frequently we can sometimes take batting feats for granted. We have seen some extraordinary batsman ship this home season. Rohit’s the latest. 👏👏👏
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 19, 2020
Rohit Sharma just loves playing against Australia. And he doesn't mind playing at the Chinnaswamy Stadium either!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 19, 2020
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) January 19, 2020
Here it is! 29th ODI hundred for @ImRo45 and his eighth against Australia.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2020
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) January 19, 2020
Most ODI 100s against a Team:
9 Kohli vs WI
9 Sachin vs Aus
8 Kohli vs Aus
8 Rohit vs Aus*
8 Kohli vs SL
8 Sachin vs SL
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 19, 2020
Rohit Sharma v Australia in Bengaluru
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 19, 2020
Marvellous and hugely important century by Rohit. He’s kept India’s nose ahead in this run chase with magnificent strokeplay. Apart from Kapil Dev and Viru Sehwag, can’t think of another Indian batsman who hits 6s with such nonchalance. And nobody has hit them so frequently
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 19, 2020
Superb century from Rohit. Has been India's anchor this chase. Hardly any fuss once he got there. Just a gentle raise of the bat. #INDvsAUS
— Kritika Naidu (@Kritzika) January 19, 2020
Rohit Sharma brings up the first ton by an Indian in 2020, his 29th in ODIs 🙌
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) January 19, 2020
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 19, 2020
ODI 💯 number 29 ☑️
8th against Australia ☑️
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 19, 2020
🔥 This man just loves batting!🔥
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 19, 2020
29th ODI hundred for Rohit Sharma, he has overtaken Jayasuriya and one behind Punter. #Hitman
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 19, 2020