India vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been breaking records for fun in ICC World Cup 2019. 5 centuries – the most by any batsman in a single edition of World Cup – most runs (647), you name it and he has it all.
Such has been Rohit’s brilliance with the bat in this showpiece event that for once, the spotlight has shifted away from India captain Virat Kohli and is firmly on Rohit. It is expected to remain the same when India take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 on Tuesday at Manchester.
Rohit is on verge of breaking two World Cup records and both of them belong to Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit, who has 647 runs to his name in just 8 innings in this World Cup is just 27 runs away from eclipsing Tendulkar to become the highest run-scorer in a single edition of the world event.
Tendulkar had scored 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. The second on the list is Australia’s Matthew Hayden, who had scored 659 runs in 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
If Rohit manages to score 53 more runs against New Zealand in the first semi-final then he will also become the first cricketer to score 700 runs in a World Cup.
Rohit, who made significant gains in the ODI rankings, closing on Virat Kohli for the top spot, also has a chance to become the first to score 7 centuries in World Cups. Currently, Rohit jointly holds the record for most centuries in World Cups with Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored 6 tons in 6 World Cups. Rohit, however, has a far better 100/match ratio. He has already scored 6 hundreds in is playing only in his second World Cup.