Rohit Sharma. (Source: Twitter)

On 28th May 2010, Rohit Sharma scored his maiden One-day international century against Zimbabwe played in the first match of the Tri-series played at Bulawayo. He made his ODI debut for India on 23rd June 2007 against Ireland at Belfast.

Indian stand-in captain Suresh Raina won the toss and decided to bat first. Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik provided a steady start to put on 56 runs. Vijay, Virat Kohli and, Dinesh Karthik went in quick succession which left India at 61 for 3.

Coming at number 4, Rohit Sharma took some time to settle in the innings taking singles and hitting occasional boundaries. He and Suresh Raina rescued India from a tough situation putting on 67 runs for the 4th wicket. The right-handed Rohit completed his fifty off 85 balls. He upped the ante and created pressure on the Zimbabwean bowlers.

It was an amazing knock by Rohit who reached his maiden ODI century with a six off Ray Price bowling. The talented batsman from Mumbai was finally dismissed for 114 off 119 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. His knock helped India post 285 for 5 in 50 overs. Despite his efforts, India lost the match by six wickets.

Transformation of Rohit into one of the best batsmen in ODI cricket

After being asked to open the innings in the 2013 Champions Trophy tournament played in England, Rohit Sharma has completely transformed into one of the best batsmen in ODI cricket right now. He holds the record of the highest individual total in ODI cricket which is 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.

Rohit is the only player in the world to score 3 double centuries and has 8 150 plus scores in ODI cricket. The explosive opener has the 2nd most number of 125 plus scores. He also holds the record of most centuries in a World Cup edition. During the 2019 WC held in England, Rohit Sharma surpassed Kumar Sangakkara record of most centuries in WC edition.

So far, Rohit Sharma has played a total of 224 ODI matches (217 innings) and scored so far 9115 runs with an amazing average of 49.27. During his career, he made 29 centuries and 43 half-centuries to his name.

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