Rohit Sharma continues to score again an ODI double-century, where no ODI batsman has ever scored more than one till this time. At Mohali Stadium On Wednesday, Indian stand-in captain hit his 3rd double-century to heighten his stature as an ODI opener level perfection.
In November 2013, Rohit had become the third batsman from India after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to score an ODI double-century, hitting around the ground with 209 runs in 158 balls including 16 sixes & 12 fours. A year following, at Eden Gardens that too against Sri Lanka, he grabbed the highest score title of 264 runs in 173 balls in ODI matches – inclusive of nine sixes and 30+ fours.
-Martin Guptill – 237*
-Virender Sehwag – 219
-Chris Gayle – 215 &
-Tendulkar 200* are the batsmen standing amongst Rohit Sharma, who bagged ODI double-century previously. It is no fluke that all were an opener batsman. Including the current century, Rohit Sharma adds one more to his ODI century-list, taking to 16 nos.
On Wednesday, it was the 2nd ODI which had to be won by India to keep the 3-match series stirring. Rohit scored 100 in 115 balls, then progressed to hit 6 sixes, a four and reached 150* – making 50 runs in just 18 balls. Out of 6 sixes, 4 came continuously in Suranga Lakmal’s over.
Before the 47th over, Rohit made 161 in 137 balls. At the end of it, he had the strike and was at 177*, 23 runs away from the double-century, lifted the score to 347 from 329 with two fours and a six. In the last 2 overs, Rohit managed to get eight balls and stroked 25 runs to enter into an immersable score of 201* in 151 balls.
Rohit covered in the applause and greeted by all at the ground. The 4th ball turned into a six more, accompanied by a run and ended his innings at 208*. He bagged 13 fours and 12 sixes.
Out of his 16 ODI centuries, Rohit scored 150+ runs in five and 130+ in four. A massive inning by Rohit Sharma ended with a 141-run win over Sri Lanka by India.