IND vs BAN, 2nd ODI: Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian to hit 500 sixes in international cricket

During the second One-Day International (ODI) against Bangladesh on Wednesday, captain Rohit Sharma became the first Indian and only the second batter in history to hit 500 sixes.

After injuring his hand in the field and walking out to bat at No. 9, Rohit put up a strong fight late in the run chase. He batted brilliantly (51 not out off 28 balls) with three fours and five sixes to give India a fighting chance, but he was unable to get them over the line.

Only West Indies legend Chris Gayle has more international sixes than Rohit, who has 533. There is no other Indian batter who has more than 400 sixes. MS Dhoni, with 359 sixes, is the closest Indian player to Rohit.

Shahid Afridi (476), Brendon McCullum (398), and Martin Guptill (383) are the third, fourth, and fifth most prolific six-hitters in international cricket, respectively.

India were 65/4 in reply to a target of 272 before Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel put on a century stand to resurrect India’s innings. However, Iyer and Axar fell in quick succession, and Shardul Thakur followed, bringing Rohit to the centre. His half-century pushed India forward late in the run chase.

The Indian captain reduced the equation to 12 runs off two balls and hit a six from there, but couldn’t find the boundary off the final ball, allowing Bangladesh to win by five runs.

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