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Rohit Sharma breaks Kane Williamson’s record for most runs by a captain in World Cup edition.

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand
November 19 2023
Rohit Sharma batting in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs in 31 balls against Australia in the World Cup final.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has continued his assault in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. As team India takes on Australia in the World Cup final at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking spree is on. Rohit got off to a flier against Australian pace attack and smashed a few magnificent boundaries. Even after losing Shubman Gill early in the powerplay, Rohit’s approach has been positive.

Indian skipper has left behind Kane Williamson to become the captain with the most runs scored in one edition of a World Cup. Rohit Sharma needed 29 runs to break Kane Williamson’s record of 578 runs. Williamson had a magnificent run in the 2019 World Cup in England and led his team to the World Cup finals. New Zealand lost against England in the finals by the ‘barest of margin’ and the championship was announced to England on a better boundary count.

Rohit Sharma overtakes Kane Williamson

Rohit departed just three runs short of his half-century, but he snatched the record from Kane Williamson with his 47-run knock in the final against Australia. Rohit also failed to complete his second successive 600-run milestone in the World Cup. Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs on 31 balls with 4 fours and 3 sixes in his innings. His World Cup 2023 tally ended at 597 runs in 11 innings with one century and three half-centuries, his best score standing at 131 against Afghanistan.

Rohit scored 647 runs in the 2019 World Cup, with five centuries in 10 games. He also overtook Chris Gayle in the semi-finals to become the leading batter in six-hitting in the World Cup. Rohit Sharma has smashed 54 sixes so far in his three World Cup editions, while Chris Gayle had 49 under his name. He is also the leading six-hitting batter in international cricket with 582 sixes. Rohit overtook Gayle when he played a century knock against Afghanistan in Delhi.

Team India suffered two quick blows. Right after Rohit’s wicket, Australian skipper Pat Cummins exposed Shreyas Iyer behind the wicket as he went for a tentative poke outside the off stump. Team India posted 80 runs on the board with two wickets down inside the first powerplay. Glenn Maxwell dismissed Rohit Sharma, who was looking to play a big shot against the off-spinner. Shubman Gill scored only four runs and was caught at mid-on by Adam Zampa.

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