ODI World Cup 2023: India annihilates Afghanistan by 8 wickets, with Rohit Sharma leading from the front.
In the ICC World Cup 2023 match played in Delhi, India's captain, Rohit Sharma, set a new record for batting prowess and guided his side to an overwhelming eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan.
Afghanistan made the decision to bat first and scored a respectable 272 for eight. Hasmatullah Shahidi's tenacious 80 and young Azmatullah Omarazai's valiant 62 laid the groundwork for their innings.
However, Rohit Sharma's brilliant batting drove India's response. With his remarkable variety of strokes on display, Rohit's 131 runs from just 84 balls was nothing short of a cricketing masterpiece. In just 63 balls, Rohit scored his seventh century in World Cup cricket history. In just 35 overs, India was able to achieve the 273 target thanks to his incredible innings, greatly increasing their net run-rate in advance of their eagerly awaited World Cup matchup with archrival Pakistan on October 14.
From the beginning, Rohit's aggressive nature was evident as he ambled down the track to hit a wide long-off for a flat six in the fifth over, marking his 1000th World Cup run. Interestingly, it was the fastest century ever recorded by an Indian in the 50-over World Cup's history.
Ishan Kishan, who saw Rohit's skill as a non-striker and scored 47 runs off 47 balls, provided excellent support for the entirety of Rohit's innings.
With his skillful strokeplay and ability to hit sixes, Rohit Sharma captivated the audience at Feroz Shah Kotla. His astounding form and dominance over the Afghan bowlers were demonstrated by his total of 16 boundaries and five sixes.
The only bowler from Afghanistan to have any effect was Rashid Khan, who took wickets of both Rohit and Kishan. However, India had the upper hand in this match, scoring 154 runs in just 18 overs.
India won easily thanks to Virat Kohli's undefeated 55 off 56 balls and Rohit Sharma's outstanding century. During the chase, Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq of Afghanistan showed comradery and respect for one another, which is encouraging for the cricket community.
Thanks to Shahidi and Omarzai's 121-run partnership earlier in the game, Afghanistan's batting performance was noticeably better than it had been in their tournament opener against Bangladesh.
India's bowlers, under the captaincy of Jasprit Bumrah, responded admirably, limiting Afghanistan to a formidable but attainable total. The most impressive bowler was Bumrah, who finished with his best-ever figures in a World Cup match of 4 for 39.
All in all, it was an exciting match showcasing the finest of cricket, with Rohit Sharma's tournament-high century going down as one of the highlights.