Rohit Sharma smashed his fifth T20I century during the final match of the series against Afghanistan.

Rohit Sharma had endured the toughest possible outings with the bat in the first two matches of the series against Afghanistan. In Mohali, he was out for a duck after a terrible mix-up with Shubman Gill, whereas in Indore, Fazalhaq Farooqui sent him packing first ball. Justifiably, all eyes were on the Indian captain after he opted to bat in the final T20 at Bengaluru, deviating from his decision to bowl first in the previous two games. And what a decision it turned out to be. Not only did Rohit shrug the monkey off his back, but also entered into the record books, smashing a whirlwind century off just 64 balls. In the process, Rohit went past his India and Mumbai Indians teammate Suryakumar Yadav and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who have four centuries each.

It wasn’t an ideal situation for Rohit to begin with. India endured their worst Powerplay outing of the series as the side lost four wickets – including star batter Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson for a duck. However, Rohit showed great resilience as he took on the challenge, steering the innings alongside Rinku Singh (69*), who also showed his range outside of being a finisher.

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