2017 the Career-High Year for India’s ‘Hitman’

Posted By : Anantha Narayanan K

The Indian Cricket team has ended a magnificent 2017 by winning all the ODIs played making it the best year in limited-over format. Likewise, the year has been the career-high year for an Indian batsman too. He is none other than the ‘Hitman’ of cricket, Rohit Sharma. There is no wonder in Ravi Shastri using the word hitman to describe the Indian Vice Captain in his commentaries, because Rohit has been proving his aggressiveness in all formats of the game, especially in the shorter formats where he served up sizzlers for even the best bowlers in the world. In 2017, this mercurial Mumbai batsman has rewritten the cricket history by breaking a plethora of records, both his own and others, and made it the best year in his decade-long career.

Rohit Sharma, known for his ferociousness in front of the stumps, has been one of the most sophisticated batsmen of India ever. After Sachin’s retirement in 2013 many of the 90s’ generation have started showing less affinity towards watching cricket. Rohit has been one among the very few Indian players who have brought the spirit of cricket back to the hearts of millions through his power-packed performance. Over the past couple of years Rohit, with his bat, has been compelling Indians to watch the display of a vibrant brand of cricket that took Indian team to heights. Rohit's massive sixes have driven the audience crazy, showing them that loose deliveries were meant to be hit beyond the boundary disregarding its distance. He has once again proved his batting abilities by setting the new record of three double centuries in ODIs during the second match with Sri Lanka in December at Mohali when he scored 208 not out off 153 balls.

With 3 IPL titles for Mumbai Indians, Rohit has already proven his captaincy. The world has witnessed the brilliant captain in him when Rohit led India to a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka in the recently concluded T20 series. Even while having the reins of the team in his hands, Rohit has never shown a tendency to control his menacing nature with bat. At Indore, during the second T20 match against Sri Lanka he once again scalped Lankan bowlers to hit a 35-ball ton and shared the T20 world-record of fastest century with South Africa’s David Miller. Moreover, Rohit's century is the fastest by an Indian across all formats and his 118 of 43 balls is also the highest score by any Indian in T20Is.

Rohit Sharma has also broken the world-record for hitting maximum international sixes in a calendar year with 65 sixes, a record previously held by South Africa’s AB de Villiers with 63 sixes in 2015. From 21 ODIs matches, he has scored 46 sixes and smacked 16 sixes from 9 T20s, in 2017. He has scored 3 sixes in Tests. Rohit Sharma has also become the first captain to win 3 IPL trophies when his Mumbai Indians won the 2017 edition of the league, beating Rising Pune Supergiants by 1 run in the final.

With his unbeaten 208 in Mohali, Rohit has also become the third player to score the most number of 150s in ODI cricket, sharing the record with Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner who have hit 150 five times. Interestingly, each of Rohit Sharma's five 150 plus ODI innings have come in five consecutive years. His 150+ scores are 209 v Australia in 2013, 264 v Sri Lanka in 2014, 150 v South Africa in 2015, 171 v Australia in 2016 and 208 v Sri Lanka in 2017. With his sparkling records the ‘Hitman’ is sprinting ahead like a beast on the loose.