MOHALI: India skipper Rohit Sharma (208 not out), who piloted India to a mammoth 392 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, became the first cricketer to score three double hundred in the One-Day International (ODI).
Coming into the match, the Mumbaikar was the only batsman to have hit two double tons. At the PCA Stadium here, Sharma belted an unbeaten 153-ball 208, comprising 13 fours and 12 sixes.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017
It was his sixth score of more than 100 in ODIs this year, tying with Virat Kohli (also this year) and Sachin Tendulkar (1996). The latter, though, holds the record of maximum nine centuries by an Indian in 1998.
Rohit was engaged in two big partnerships — 115 runs for the opening wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 67; 9×4) and then 213 for the second wicket with rookie Shreyas Iyer (88 off 70; 4×9, 2×6).
Rohit’s first double ton was against Australia in 2013 in Bengaluru. In his 158-ball 209, the Mumbai right-hander also made a world record of 16 sixes.
One year later, Rohit went on to score another double century. This time it was against Sri Lanka. Rohit scored 264 in 2014 at Eden Gardens, making him the highest individual ODI scorer.
Making his ODI debut in 2007 against Ireland, Rohit is behind Virender Sehwag in terms of highest individual scores by captains in ODIs. Sehwag had scored 219 against West Indies in 2011.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 13, 2017
Wah Rohit Wah ! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma ! pic.twitter.com/EPWGZ2qcaG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 13, 2017
No other player has more than one ODI 200… @ImRo45 now has THREE!
— ICC (@ICC) December 13, 2017
— Martin Guptill (@Martyguptill) December 13, 2017
Absolutely unbelievable batting by @ImRo45 …take a bow skipper..
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 13, 2017
@ImRo45 😳😳😳 wow weeeeee!!!
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) December 13, 2017
Sunil Gavaskar: Convert 1s into 2s
Rohit Sharma: Convert 100s into 200s
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 13, 2017
— News18 (@CNNnews18) December 13, 2017