10Most Sixes in an ODI Innings
It was the Diwali eve in 2013 in Bangalore where 40,000 cricket fans flooded the Chinnaswamy stadium to witness India taking on the mighty Australians. Rohit Sharma made it one of the most memorable Diwalis for the Indians with some breathtaking stroke play, engaging the spectators in catching practice in more instances than any ODI in the history.
Promoted to open the batting earlier in the same year, Sharma was part of 6 hundred plus partnerships with Shikar Dhawan and he had all the plans to better that record. But when he walked in neither Sharma nor the spectators knew that he was destined for something extraordinary that day. Even when the duo got India to yet another magnificent start with 113 off 20 overs, there was no hint of an upcoming carnage from Sharma as Dhawan was dominating the partnership. After Dhawan’s dismissal, Kohli was run out for a duck. Raina offered some support but he too fell for Doherty while Yuvraj was sent back by Faulkner. India were 207 for 4 in the 34th over when Dhoni joined Sharma. As the responsible captain he always was, Dhoni proved to be the next partner who will offer India a partnership with Sharma. They added 167 runs in 15 overs for the 5th wicket with Sharma leading the way. He smacked the Australian bowling all over the park with sixes flying in to the stands. It was Diwali fireworks happening at the Chinnaswamy stadium. When he whacked his 11th six, he broke Dhoni’s record for most number of sixes in an ODI by an Indian and 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 followed to break the world record held by Shane Watson. Well, the best part, both the previous record holders were in the ground witnessing the carnage. Sharma scored his first 50 in 71 balls, the next 50 in 43 balls and the last 109 runs off 44 balls.
With that 209 he became the third batsman to score a double century in an ODI. This innings by Rohit Sharma will be remembered as one of the most entertaining in the ODI history and the best Diwali gift the Indian fans received.