Rohit Sharma: Emulating Gayle's Legacy with Record-Breaking Sixes

Rohit Sharma Shatters Six-Hitting Records with 84-Ball 131 Against Afghanistan

In a dazzling display of power-hitting, Rohit Sharma catapulted himself into the history books with a stunning 84-ball 131 against Afghanistan. The Indian captain not only led his team to an impressive eight-wicket victory but also etched his name as the leading six-hitter in international cricket, surpassing the legendary Chris Gayle.

At the outset of his innings, Rohit Sharma trailed behind Chris Gayle, with just two sixes separating them. However, he obliterated that gap just 31 balls into his innings, dispatching Naveen-ul-Haq over deep midwicket with his signature front-foot pull. Speaking to bcci.tv after the match, Rohit attributed his incredible six-hitting prowess to the inspiration he drew from Gayle himself.

“Universe Boss is Universe Boss,” Rohit commented, adding, “I have taken a leaf out of his book. Over the years, we have seen him; such a six-hitting machine he is wherever he plays. We both wear the same jersey – No. 45. I am sure he is happy about it because jersey No. 45 has done it [broken his record].”

Chris Gayle acknowledged Rohit’s achievement on Twitter, to which the Indian captain responded in his own unique and playful manner.

Rohit took a total of 453 games to break this remarkable record, surpassing Gayle, who had achieved 553 sixes in 483 international matches. Reflecting on this milestone, Rohit expressed his surprise and humility, stating, “When I started playing this game, I never thought I would be able to hit sixes like that, let alone that many sixes. Obviously, a lot of work has gone into it over the years. So I am quite happy with the work I have. I am the sort of person who will not be satisfied. I want to continue to do what I have been doing. My focus is on that. Yeah, it is a small happy moment for me.”

India has enjoyed a strong start to their World Cup campaign, securing two victories in as many matches and currently holding the second position on the points table, just behind New Zealand. Rohit, however, emphasized the need to take each game as it comes and not get ahead of themselves in this unique World Cup format.

“It is a very different format that we play now, the World Cup – nine league games and then the semi-finals and final. We played a brilliant game today; the bowlers did an exceptional job to restrict them under 280 because the wicket was good to bat on. For us, what was important was to look at every game that came our way and not to look too far ahead.”

Reference

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/icc-world-cup-2023-i-have-taken-a-leaf-out-of-gayle-s-book-rohit-after-breaking-the-record-for-most-sixes-1402621

https://www.sport.co.uk/news/ive-taken-a-leaf-out-of-gayles-book-rohit-after-breaki/952474/

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