Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, is one of the best white-ball hitters of this generation. But he wasn’t as terrifying when he initially started this job. In actuality, he only hit two hundred over the first six years of his ODI career. In 2013, when he was promoted to the position of the opener by the team’s captain, MS Dhoni, his career took a significant transformation. He took the opportunity and started on his mission to develop into a white-ball giant. Following Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the same series, Rohit became the third Indian batsman to record a double century in an ODI after reaching 100 against Jaipur. To tie the late Australia captain Ricky Ponting for the most hundreds in the history of 50-over cricket, the graceful right-handed batter now needs only one more century.

Rohit has now amassed 29 hundred and 9537 runs, with an average of roughly 49, in 237 games. While scoring at a 42-run average, Ponting finished with 13704 runs and 30 centuries in 375 games. Can Ponting and Rohit be compared to one another? Former India opener Gautam Gambhir concurs and considers the Indian captain to be superior to the illustrious Australian batter.

“He has gotten this many hundreds in the previous four or five years, which is a surprising truth. Before the last five or six years, Rohit Sharma was less trustworthy. Without a doubt, he made $2,000 during the preceding five, six, and seven years.” Gambhir delivered a comment on Star Sports before the start of the second One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka.

Gambhir is right about Rohit’s century graph. Rohit scored 19 ODI hundreds in the span of only five years, from 2017 to 2020. He didn’t get a century since January 2020, when he played Australia. For more than three years, he has fallen one century shy of Ponting’s total.