New Delhi: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are nicknamed ‘Hitman’ and ‘Superman’ respectively. Rohit due to his big-hitting abilities and Kohli because of his mind-boggling consistency. The dup have shattered plenty of individual records in ODIs. Even as a duo, Rohit and Kohli have notched up plenty of records in their playing career. In the third ODI against New Zealand at The Bay Oval, Rohit and Kohli created yet another record as they strung a century partnership to put India on course for a famous series win in New Zealand. Rohit and Kohli hit their 39th and 49th fifties respectively and shared a partnership of 113 to deflate New Zealand.However, the 113-run stand for the second wicket was their 16th in ODIs, making them the second-most prolific Indian pair and joint-third in the overall list. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have stitched 26 ODI century partnerships while Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan have hit 20 century partnerships in this format. Kohli and Rohit are level with Australia’s explosive opening duo of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist as New Zealand continued to struggle.In 176 ODIs in which the dup have batted together, Ganguly and Tendulkar’s highest stand were 258 which they achieved against Kenya in Paarl in 2001 during the tri-series which also involved South Africa. They also have two additional double century stands, which was 252 against Sri Lanka at the Premadasa stadium in 1998 while they hit 244 against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup clash in Pietermaritzburg. highlights The Sri Lankan duo of Dilshan and Sangakkara has also set the world stage alight with their partnerships. During the 2015 World Cup match against Bangladesh, the dup stitched 210 for the second wicket in Melbourne which was their highest. The only other time they went past 200 was against India during the Hobart ODI of 2012. Gilchrist and Hayden do not have any double century stands but their highest of 172 came in the 2007 World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Bridgetown, Barbados. Gilchrist slammed 149 and Australia became the four-time world champions.Kohli and Rohit have the second-best average in the entire list for duos who have batted together for over 50 ODIs. Their average of 65.35 is only trumped by Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers, who have an average of 72.34. Their highest stand is 246 which they achieved against West Indies in the Guwahati ODI of 2018. They have five double-century stands and they are the third batting duo to have more century than fifty partnerships behind Amla-de Villiers and Michael Clarke-Ricky Ponting of Australia. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma stitched their 16th century stand.Kohli and Rohit both hit fifties in Bay Oval.Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have the most with 26 century stands. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Freshman driver Orestis Apergi currently has 8 goals over five games so far this season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Following four impressive victories this past weekend at the Aggie RoundUp, the top ranked men’s water polo team looks to continue its dominance in Saturday’s match against No. 6 Pacific at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.The Trojans boast an undefeated record through 11 games, despite facing tough competition from teams such as No. 7 UC Santa Barbara and No. 8 UC Davis. The Trojan’s success in tournament play has come from the contributions of a variety of players. In last weekend’s game against UC Davis, 10 different players scored to propel the Trojans to a 16-9 victory. Freshman goalie Sam Krutonog has also been a standout for the Trojans. In their 10-3 win against UC Santa Barbara at the Aggie Roundup, Krutonog made a career-high 10 saves, resulting in his selection as MPSF Newcomer of the Week. Krutonog is the second consecutive Trojan to be nominated for this award after freshman driver Hannes Daube’s performance the previous week.Against Pacific, another challenging opponent, the Trojans seek to achieve the same focus, preparation and cooperative effort that propelled them to prior victories.“It’s a lot of mental preparation, watching a lot of game footage,” redshirt junior two-meter Sam Slobodien said. “We prepare every day in and out of the water for two or three hours. I just have to focus every day, watch game film, prepare mentally, physically, emotionally. We’re all there, we’ve trained all summer.”The Tigers, who are 5-3 on the season, are coming off of two back-to-back close losses in the Aggie RoundUp against No. 3 Cal and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara. Two of their losses this season have come against the Bears. The Tigers are led offensively by redshirt sophomore utility Luke Pavillard and junior attacker Engin Ege Colak. Ege Colak has remained one of the Tigers’ leading scorers since 2016, when he was selected as the 2016 Golden Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year.Securing a victory against this talented Pacific team is crucial for the Trojans, as they aim to defend their No. 1 spot in the NCAA rankings.“It would be huge,” said Slobodien of the opportunity to beat a top competitor. “It’s the first real matchup of the year. We’re really excited for it, and we just hope to play well. That’s what we do every time we go out there.”With so many talented players on the Trojans’ roster, the team is aiming to play cohesively and take advantage of their opportunities to put up points.“We just have to be one as a team,” Slobodien said. “We have to play unselfishly and finish our high-percentage opportunities.”Slobodien also plays an important role as a leader of his team. “My goal is to get all of the guys behind us,” he said. “We all have one common goal and that is to win a national championship.”The match begins 1 p.m. Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.