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Rohit Sharma races to his 30th ODI century

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma scored a much-awaited century against New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the series on January 24th. He ended his century drought to register his 30th ODI hundred, and gave India a strong start while opening the batting alongside Shubman Gill at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

Rohit’s last ODI century came three years ago in January 2019 against Australia. Despite scoring 83 against Sri Lanka earlier this month and 51 in the second ODI against New Zealand, he finally reached the three-figure mark, treating his fans with an 83-ball century. He hit nine fours and six sixes before being dismissed by Michael Bracewell’s delivery in the next over.

New Zealand won the toss and invited India to bat first after losing the opening two matches. Rohit and Shubman Gill gave India another good start and seemed settled from the beginning. Though he struggled to convert his starts into big scores, Rohit finally managed to end the drought.

The cricket fraternity was quick to celebrate Rohit’s century and took to Twitter to express their emotions. His Indian Premier League franchise Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore congratulated the player for his 30th ODI hundred. Former cricketers Irfan Pathan and Yuvraj Singh also posted messages on their Twitter handles, with the former saying, “this was coming.”