ODI World Cup 2023: During IND vs. AFG, spectators light up Arun Jaitley Stadium with "Vande Mataram
Not only did Rohit Sharma put on an incredible batting display at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday, but the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) also produced an unforgettable moment during India's innings in the World Cup match.
Something extraordinary happened during the drinks break following the 17th over, with India comfortably leading the chase and Rohit Sharma playing brilliantly. The 34,800 spectators at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium erupted into a chorus of "Maa Tujhe Salaam," a classic song by AR Rahman, as the floodlights were turned out. The mood was lovely and lively as the moving torchlights danced over the surface. It was a magical moment that turned the Delhi stadium into a raucous celebration.
With 12 boundaries and four sixes in his spectacular performance, Rohit Sharma became the fastest Indian batsman to reach a century in a World Cup match. He finished with 131 runs. With 156 runs off of 112 balls, he and Ishan Kishan forged an incredible partnership that helped India easily reach a total of 273-2.
The stadium was electrified by the fans' passionate rendition of 'Maa Tujhe Salaam' and Rohit's explosive batting, which heightened the intensity of the World Cup match. It was an occasion that genuinely honoured the passion of the supporters and the spirit of cricket.
At the post-match presentation, Sharma remarked, "It was a good win for us, as it is important to get momentum going at the start of such a tournament."
"I just backed myself to play my natural game, and it was a good pitch to bat." In run-chases, it is my responsibility to get things started and try to put the opposition under pressure. Obtaining another World Cup hundred is a unique feeling, Sharma continued.
Pakistan, India's bitter rivals, will meet on Saturday at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium.