India vs West Indies 5th ODI, Thiruvananthapuram: If Virat Kohli is the best modern-day batsman in the world across formats, it would not be an overstatement if we call Rohit Sharma ‘the best’ limited-overs opener in the world at present. Despite the presence of captain Kohli, Rohit has been able to carve out a niche for himself in white-ball cricket as he has consistently made his blade does all the talking. Also Read - Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke Heaps Big Praise on Sachin Tendulkar, Calls India Legend 'The Best Batsman I Ever Saw'
During the fifth and final ODI against Windies on Thursday, Rohit once again put on a display of his masterclass as he played a blazing knock of unbeaten 63 off 56 balls to propel the hosts to an easy victory. He hammered five boundaries and four huge maximums during his entertaining innings. The Mumbai batsman also smashed a few records during the way as he becomes the fastest to hit 200 ODI sixes in the limited-overs cricket. Also Read - Paine Rejects Clarke's 'Australia Scared to Sledge Kohli' Claim, Says Provocation Brings Out The Best in India Captain
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The 30-year old pipped the likes of – Shahid Afridi, AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and MS Dhoni to reach the landmark.
Innings taken to hit 200 ODI sixes:
187 ROHIT SHARMA
195 Shahid Afridi
214 AB de Villiers
228 B McCullum
241 C Gayle
248 MS Dhoni
343 S Jayasuriya
In the fifth ODI, India thrashed the West Indies by nine wickets in the final one-day international to clinch the series 3-1 on Thursday. India had won the first and fourth matches. The second match ended in an exciting draw while the visitors outplayed India in the third ODI to claim their first and only victory of the tour.
India played brilliantly in this match as both bowlers and batsmen did their job. First the bowlers restricted the visitors to a paltry 104 then the top-order batsmen played handsomely to wrap up the issue in just 15 overs.
Chasing 105, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (6) in the second over. Pacer Oshane Thomas clean bowled the Delhi batsman with just six runs on the board.
Unperturbed by the fall of Dhawan’s wicket, Rohit Sharma (63 not out) and skipper Virat Kohli (33 not out) played sensibly and guided India to a comfortable victory. Rohit also completed his 37th half-century.