In a spectacular display of cricketing prowess, Rohit Sharma dazzled with an extraordinary performance, securing a record-breaking century and leading India to a resounding eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup. Opting to bat, Afghanistan’s Hasmatullah Shahidi’s gritty 80 and the youthful Azmatullah Omarazai’s courageous 62 propelled them to a commendable 272 for eight. Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional bowling earned him four wickets, marking his best-ever figures in a World Cup match.
However, it was Rohit Sharma who stole the spotlight, especially in the initial ten overs. His century, achieved in just 63 balls, stands as the fastest ton by an Indian in World Cup history. Displaying an enviable range of strokes, India’s skipper was an unstoppable force, ultimately amassing a staggering 131 runs off 84 balls.
This remarkable seventh World Cup century, achieved in record time, allowed India to surpass the target in a mere 35 overs. This victory not only secured a crucial win for India but also significantly bolstered their net run-rate, setting the stage for a highly anticipated showdown against arch-rivals Pakistan in their third World Cup fixture on October 14.