India vs New Zealand: Rohit ‘Record’ Sharma would be looking to add feather to his crown as India take on New Zealand in semi-final 1 at Manchester. Indian opener Rohit Sharma has the opportunity of surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s 16-year-long standing world record. Rohit Sharma needs 26 runs to overtake Sachin and become the highest run-getter in a single edition of a World Cup. Tendulkar did it way back in 2003 when he scored 673 in South Africa to power India to the finals under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. Rohit has already scored 647 runs in the group stages already and as India get ready to take on the Blackcaps, Hitman would have this stat at the back of his mind.

With the kind of surreal form he is in, one would back him to get those 26 runs nine out of 10 times. Rohit has already slammed five centuries in the tournament helping India finish the group stages as the leader of the points table. Rohit pipped Kumar Sangakkara with his century in the match against Sri Lanka to register most centuries in a single edition of a World Cup. India would be hoping one more big performance from hitman which could help India reach the finals.

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For India, Rohit Sharma has been the star with the bat and with substantial support from KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli he has made sure the top-order score the bulk of runs for the team. On the bowling front, Jasprit Bumrah has been the leader of the pack, emerging as the best bowler in the world right now. Mohammad Shami, despite coming in late, has proven his worth and possess a great threat for the Kiwi batsmen.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have looked to base their game on team effort instead of personal brilliance. But few of the players have still managed to stand out from the rest of the pack. For instance, Kane Williamson with 481 runs has been their leading batsman by quite some margin. Lockie Ferguson has been the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis, while Trent Boult has also shown his class in the initial overs.