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Rohit Sharma hits first ODI hundred in three years, equals Ponting’s century tally

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Rohit Sharma ended a three-year wait for a century in a One-Day International during India’s third ODI against New Zealand at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday.

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The Indian captain had last scored a century in the ODI format against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 19th January 2020.

Rohit scored his 30th ODI century equalling Ricky Ponting’s tally of third most centuries in the format. He reached the century mark in just 83 balls making this his second fastest century in ODI cricket.

The 35-year-old extended his impressive record at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, snapping a 1,101-day drought since the last ODI century. In December 2017, he also recorded his fastest T20I century in just 35 deliveries against Sri Lanka at this venue.

Rohit also equalled Sanath Jayasuriya (28 hundred) to hit the second most centuries in ODI cricket as an opener.

Invited to bat first by Tom Latham, Rohit scored 212 runs with Shubman Gill for the opening partnership, making it the fifth biggest opening partnership for India in one dayers.

Gill also scored a century, marking the tenth time in India’s history that both openers have scored hundreds. The most recent was against the West Indies in Vishakhapatnam in 2019, when Rohit and KL Rahul both scored hundreds.

Rohit was finally dismissed for 101 in the 27th over as Michael Bracewell claimed his wicket with low-kept delivery that crashed onto the stumps.

MOST CENTURIES IN ODI CRICKET

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    Sachin Tendulkar – 49 centuries in 452 innings
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    Virat Kohli – 46 centuries in 261 innings
  • ⦿Rohit Sharma – 30 centuries – 234 innings
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    Ricky Ponting 30 centuries in 365 innings
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    Sanath Jayasuriya – 28 centuries in 433 innings

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