India opener Rohit Sharma, known for his big-hitting prowess, is a sight to behold in white ball cricket. His success in the past few years has been instrumental for the India team who took some huge strides in limited-overs cricket. The vice-captain played a match-winning knock of 87 in Mount Maunganui against New Zealand in the second game after falling cheaply in the first ODI in Napier.

The 31-year old continued his blazing form in the series with another important knock for the visiting side during the third ODI versus Kiwis. Although it was not a fluent innings as per Rohit’s standards but during his stay, the Mumbai batsman equalled the record of MS Dhoni, hitting 62 off 77 deliveries that included 3 boundaries and 2 huge maximums. Chasing a tricky target of 244 to win on a slow surface, Rohit joined Dhoni at the top in hitting most sixes for Team India in one-day internationals.

Most sixes for India in ODIs:

  • 215 MS Dhoni
  • 195 S Tendulkar
  • 189 S Ganguly
  • 153 Yuvraj Singh

Surpassing the likes of Virender Sehwag, Dhoni and Suresh Raina, Rohit hit the most maximums for India against New Zealand in New Zealand.

Most Sixes in New Zealand in #odi Cricket for #TeamIndia —

  • 17* – R Sharma
  • 16 – V Sehwag
  • 14 – MS Dhoni
  • 13 – S Raina
  • 12 – S Tendulkar

Hardik Pandya, despite the tribulations of the past few weeks, made a significant contribution to India’s impressive bowling effort which shot New Zealand out for 243 in the third ODI on Monday. After the lift on his suspension for sexist remarks on a TV show, Pandya, during the middle overs, delivered figures of two for 45 in 10 overs and choked the run flow.

The Baroda all-rounder stood vindicated during another controlled bowling effort by the visitors  and New Zealand couldn’t really accelerate against the Indian attack on a pitch that was a touch slower compared to the second ODI. Only Ross Taylor (93 off 106 balls) and Tom Latham (51 off 64 balls) stood through the 19-run fourth wicket.

Sealing the third seamer’s spot for the World cup, Mohammed Shami (3/41 in 9 overs) once again provided the initial breakthrough as Colin Munro (7) edged one to Rohit Sharma in the slip cordon.