Rohit Sharma birthday special: 5 stats that prove the ‘Hitman’ is a limited overs legend

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Indian opener and IPL franchise Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma turns 32 today. Recognised as one of the most fluent and elegant batsman in world cricket, Rohit has wowed fans world over with his enticing strokeplay. While his Test career has not quite taken off, much like Yuvraj Singh, the legend of Rohit Sharma the limited overs batsman has only grown over the years.

On his 32nd birthday, we look at 5 numbers that reiterate that he is already a great in ODIs and T20s.

3,2,1 (Figure this out!): Rohit Sharma is the only player to have slammed three double hundreds in one-day cricket. He made 209 against Australia at Bangalore in 2013, 264 (highest ODI score) against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2014 and 208 not out against Sri Lanka at Mohali in December 2017. Does that make him the greatest ODI player of the present lot?

Record partnerships with Dhawan and Kohli: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are seventh in terms of highest partnership runs. In 103 innings, they have amassed 4586 runs with a highest partnership 210. They have featured in 15 100-run stands. Rohit and Kohli are ninth in the list. In 73 innings, they have 4381 runs to their name with a highest partnership of 246 and 16 century stands.

Only behind Kohli since January 1, 2013: If one looks at the ODI stats since January 1, 2013, Rohit is only behind his skipper Virat Kohli in terms of runs. In 120 matches, he has 6032 runs at an average of 58 with 20 hundreds. Kohli has 6957 runs in 136 matches, averaging 65.63 with 28 hundreds.

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Highest T20 run-scorer: Rohit is also the highest T20 run-scorer in world cricket, ahead of Kohli this time. In 59 games, he has 1800 runs at a strike rate of 140.95 with four hundreds. This is to go with his impressive IPL record.

Averaging over 100 in an ODI series: Starting January 1, 2013, Rohit Sharma has averaged over 100 in an ODI series thrice. 122.75 during the home series against Australia in 2013/14 with two hundreds, 110.25 in the series in Australia with two tons again and 129.66 during the series against West Indies in India in 2018/19, again with two centuries.

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