Rohit Sharma ended the year with the most runs in ODI cricket and was adjudged player of the series against West Indies on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma hit 7 centuries in ODIs in 2019, including a record 5 in the World Cup this year (AP Photo)
- Rohit Sharma ended 2019 with 1490 runs, the most by any batsman in ODIs in 2019
- Rohit also ended 2nd behind Virat Kohli on the list of batsmen with the most runs in international cricket this year
- Kohli (85), KL Rahul (77) and Rohit (63) helped IND gun down 316 vs WI in the series-deciding 3rd ODI on Sunday
Rohit Sharma capped off a record-breaking year with a swashbuckling half-century which helped immensely in India’s successful run chase against West Indies in the 3rd ODI in Cuttack on Sunday.
Chasing a mammoth target of 316 for victory, India rode on half-centuries from Virat Kohli (85), KL Rahul (77) and Rohit (63) to win the match with 4 wickets in hand with 8 balls to spare to seal the three-match series in their favour.
Rohit’s knock helped him remain on top of the list of batsmen with the most runs in ODI cricket this year, ahead of his skipper Kohli. Rohit ended up with 1490 runs in 28 ODIs at 57.30 with 7 hundreds and 6 half-centuries while Kohli amassed 1377 runs in 26 matches at 59.86 with five centuries and 7 fifties.
Kohli though, surpassed Rohit in the overall runs tally in international cricket this year to take the top spot with 2455 runs from 44 matches, while the hitman managed 2442 in 47 games.
Rohit reflected on the stupendous year that he had with the bat which saw him score a record five hundreds in the 50-over World Cup and 7 overall in ODIs, which is also the joint-second most in a calendar year.
“Extremely grateful for the year I’ve had. A World Cup victory would have been nice but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, the team came together really well. Personally I’ve enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping.
“There’s an exciting year coming up. I understand my batting really well. I want to play within my limits, knowing the game plan you want to execute is very important.
“Even in the red ball format, against South africa it was going to be challenging. Once we start traveling, we want to win games and stay on top of the table,” Rohit said after being adjudged Player of the Series for his tally of 258 runs in the three ODIs at an average of 86 with one century and a fifty.