India opener Rohit Sharma notched up his 24th ODI century during his team's ICC Cricket World Cup league match against Pakistan in Old Trafford on Sunday. This was Rohit's second ton in this World Cup, as he put up a 136-run partnership with KL Rahul for the opening wicket. The right-hander reached the landmark in just 85 balls.
Sharma, who made 122 in India's opening win over South Africa and 57 against Australia, went to fifty in just 34 balls against Pakistan.
He got there in style with a six over long-on and a cut four, off successive deliveries from recalled leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
With fans all around the globe witnessing the much-talked about game, here is how Twitter reacted to his century:
Indeed Rohit's century was a superhit!
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 16, 2019
Can you add any more adjectives to describe his ton?
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 16, 2019
Batting becomes easy when 'Hitman' is around!
Where do you think Pakistan have gone wrong?
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) June 16, 2019
Bhajji applauds Rohit!
With inputs from AFP
Rohit Sharma also conceded that "incomparable" Sri Lankan pace legend Lasith Malinga, who has opted out of this year's IPL, will be severely missed by his defending champion team given his "unbelievable" past performances.
"It is not easy to play long innings here. It takes a lot out of you to play in these conditions. Maybe I was a bit tired in the end and it was a lesson for us that one set batsmen needs to bat deep till the end," Rohit said.
The Indian cricket team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, won the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup on this day 13 years back.