South Africa v India, 5th ODI; Rohit Sharma scores his 17th ODI century

South Africa v India, 5th ODI;17th ODI century was a long time coming, says Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma announced his return to form after a stunning century at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth in the 5th ODI vs South Africa to bring up his 17th ODI century. Rohit became the 19th overall and only the 4th Indian batsman to achieve the feat.

Resurrected from the dead in 5th ODI

Rohit Sharma had impressed the Indian audiences till late December of 2017 with his excellent performances in the India & Sri Lanka series. However, the batsman went into a quite shape as soon as the South Africa tour started. Many were calling for Rohit Sharma to be axed for the 5th ODI, specially after he failed in 4 consecutive One Day Internationals (ODIs). However, in a typical Rohit Sharma style, the stylish Mumbai batsman completed his 17th ODI century.

However, it could have been all so different had Tabraiz Shamsi held on to a simple catch at third man when Rohit was on 96. The India opener tried to play a ramp shot over third-man and failed to time the ball properly, however, the Mumbaikar got a second life which he utilized in the best way possible by bringing up his 17th ODI century in 107 balls, in the 5th ODI, leading India to bag their ODI series-win against South Africa, a historic feat.

However, Rohit’s century came at some cost after he was involved in 2 run-outs of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. This was the 27th time Rohit Sharma has been involved in a runout in ODI cricket where he got out 12 times and led to his partner’s wicket on 15 occasions.

Fun Facts about Rohit Sharma’s 17th ODI century

1. Rohit Sharma’s last two double centuries in ODI cricket came on the 13th.

On 13th November, 2014 against Sri Lanka, he scored 264 runs off 173 balls.
On 13th December, 2017 against Sri Lanka, he scored 208* runs not-out off 153 deliveries.

2. Third-most ODI Centuries as an Indian opener

Scoring his 17th ODI century, Rohit registered his 15th ODI century as an opening batsman. Doing so, Rohit overtook Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Virender Sehwag (14), while he remains behind – Sourav Ganguly (19) and Sachin Tendulkar (45) in the feat.


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