India’s Rohit Sharma, warming up for his tour of South Africa next month, has matched David Miller’s record for the fastest Twenty20 international century.
The opening batsman needed 35 balls to reach the landmark in India’s victory over Sri Lanka. He ended up hitting 10 sixes and 12 fours before being dismissed for 118 from 43 deliveries in Indore on Friday.
It matched the 35-ball record set by Miller against Bangladesh in October, when he hit nine sixes, including five off successive balls from Mohammad Saifuddin, and seven fours at Senwes Park.
The previous fastest T20 international century was made off 45 balls by fellow South African Richard Levi against New Zealand in Hamilton in 2012.
Rohit is on a roll: In mid-December he slammed his third double-century in ODIs, with an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka in Mohali.
Only four other batsmen have achieved the ODI double-century milestone: Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have one each, while Sharma has now scored three.
Rohit’s 35-ball hundred helped take India equal the second-highest ever score in T20 internationals, three short of Australia’s record of 263-3 against Sri Lanka last year.
India won the first game by 93 runs on Wednesday, with the final match in Mumbai on Sunday ending a series that delayed their arrival in South Africa, and causing the cancellation of the Boxing Day Test and the traditional New Year Test at Newlands.
They begin their tour of South Africa on 5 January, where they will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20s.