Video: Jason Roy flattens Sri Lankan attack with his record 162

Around 15 months ago, English cricket team was in a dire need of transformation. Having lost to Bangladesh in a crunch ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 game and getting knocked out of the tournament, they needed to take a fresh guard. They had been long criticised for their old school approach in limited-overs cricket, and it was time to change it.

Under Eoin Morgan, the team has scripted a fantastic comeback since then. Players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes, David Willey et al have added that zing to the squad. One man, however, who stands apart is the opener Jason Roy. Time and again this 25-year old has given tremendous starts to his side and helped win matches. His aggressive style represents this new age England cricket team, which plays bold, fearless cricket. Also Read: Infographic: Jason Roy’s 162 and some remarkable feats

One Wednesday, Roy was once again at his attacking best as he tore apart the Sri Lankan attack and almost single-handedly helped his team chase down over 300 runs within 42 overs. His knock of 118-ball 162 was laced with 13 boundaries and three hits over the fence. Starting the chase on a bit cautious note, Roy cut loose once he got set in the middle. He then punished the Sri Lankan bowlers — Nuwan Pradeep in particular — and went on to ensure England’s win by staying till the 38th over of the 42-over match.

In the process, he amassed second highest individual score by an English batsman in ODIs after Robin Smith (167 not out in 1993.) He also became the fifth opening batsman for his country to score two ODI hundreds in the same bilateral series. Though he is yet to play for his country in the longest format, he may well end up as a legend in the shorter formats if he continues the same way.