In a dazzling display of power-hitting during the ICC World Cup 2023 clash between India and the Netherlands, Rohit Sharma etched his name in the record books by surpassing AB de Villiers for the most ODI sixes in a calendar year.

Rohit Sharma leaves AB de Villiers behind

Rohit’s remarkable feat unfolded at the renowned M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, where he showcased his batting prowess with a flurry of boundaries, leaving the cricketing world in awe. The previous record, held by the South African legend AB de Villiers, stood at 58 sixes in a calendar year.

The Indian captain entered the match needing just one six to break de Villiers’ record and wasted no time in achieving the milestone. Rohit’s powerful and elegant stroke play against the Dutch saw him clear the boundary effortlessly, reaching the landmark with style. His aggressive yet controlled approach delighted the home crowd, turning the stadium into a cauldron of cheers and applause.

The historic moment occurred in the 7th over of the Indian innings when Rohit deposited a delivery bowled by all-rounder Colin Ackermann over the long-on boundary for his first six of the match, thereby breaking de Villiers’ record. The Bengaluru crowd erupted in celebration as Rohit deposited the ball into the second tier for a 92m massive six.

Here’s the video:

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The dynamic opener’s ability to score freely and consistently clear the ropes has been a defining feature of his batting, contributing significantly to India’s success in limited-overs cricket.

As Rohit continues to add feathers to his cap, his latest record-breaking achievement stands as a testament to his stature as one of the modern-day batting maestros. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide are marvelling at Rohit’s exceptional skills, eagerly anticipating more spectacular innings from the “Hitman” as the World Cup progresses.

Most sixes in a calendar year in ODI cricket:

  • Rohit Sharma – 59* in 2023
  • AB de Villiers – 58 in 2015
  • Chris Gayle – 56 in 2019

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