Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were on a roll as the duo shattered one record after the other during the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur.
While Rohit blasted his way to 147, Kohli fell in the 47th over for 113 with India’s score at 302/4.
Shikhar Dhawan fell in the seventh over and then the Team India captain and vice captain got together to forge a 230-run stand from 211 balls for the second wicket at the Green Park to take India to a commanding position.
This was the fourth time they have scored a 200-plus run stand in ODI cricket. They have now surpassed the pairs of Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly, Kohli-Gautam Gambhir and Upul Tharanga-Mahela Jayawardene, who all have three double century stands to their names.
While these two got India to a fantastic position, they individually have also piled up some impressive statistics during the winners take all contest.
KOHLI LEADS THE WAY
Kohli went past the 2000-run mark in all formats of the game in 2017 and also became the fastest batsman to reach 9000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the feat in 194 innings — 11 less than AB De Villiers, who was leading the pack so far.
Not only that, Kohli has now become the fastest captain to reach 5000 runs in the history of the game (all three formats combined), overtaking Ricky Ponting in the process. He now has hit the highest number of runs as the skipper in ODI cricket.
His 32nd ODI ton was the 49th century he had hit in international cricket and in the process, he also surpassed Rahul Dravid to be second in the list for most hundreds for India. The list is headed by Sachin Tendulkar, who has 100 international centuries.
This was the 28-year-old’s sixth ton of the calendar year. Before him Sachin Tendulkar, Gary Kirsten and Rahul Dravid have hit the same amount of tons in a year. David Warner and Sourav Ganguly have hit seven centuries in a year while Tendulkar leads the pack with nine in a calendar year.
HITMAN JOINS THE PARTY
While his captain shattered one stat after the other, Rohit was not far behind.
Rohit’s 138-ball 147 was his 15th ODI ton and he has now equalled Virender Sehwag in the list of most ODI tons for India. Tendulkar (49), Kohli (32) and Ganguly (22) have more than him.
His century knock also took him past the 1000-run mark in ODI cricket this year. He now has 1076 runs from 18 matches. He is second to Kohli, who has 1451 from 26 games.
Incidentally, this was the Hitman’s first-ever ton against the Black Caps in any format of the game.
He also hit his 150th six during his 147-run knock at Kanpur.