Rohit Sharma scored his third one-day international double-century during the second match against Sri Lanka in Mohali on Wednesday, helping India surge to 392 for 4. Rohit is the only batsman in the world to score two or more double-tons in one-day internationals.
Rohit Sharma, also filling in as captain in Virat Kohli’s absence, smashed 13 fours and 12 sixes in his unbeaten 208 off just 153 balls. Rohit Sharma’s previous scores of over 200 include his 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013 and the world record highest 264, also against Sri Lanka, in Kolkata in 2014.
Rohit Sharma reached his century off 115 balls and his 150 came off 133. Such was the impact of his hitting that he needed just 18 deliveries to get from 150 to 200.
Interestingly, Rohit Sharma also equaled former India opener Virender Sehwag to score his 14th century as an opener in the 50-overs format. He now has 3 of the 7 double hundreds scored in ODIs.
While Sachin scored 45 ODI 100s as an opener in 344 games, Ganguly scored 19 centuries as an opener in 242 matches. Sehwag will now sit fourth on the elite list after Rohit scores another 100.
Fascinatingly, Rohit Sharma now also has 6 centuries in this calendar year in 20 games. Tendulkar scored more centuries in 1998 when he hit 9 centuries in 33 games. He also scored 6 centuries in 1996 from 32 games. Sourav scored 7 centuries in 31 games in 2000 — his first year as captain of the Indian team.
Twitter Erupts With Jokes As Rohit Sharma Hits his Third ODI 200
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 13 December 2017
Wah Rohit Wah ! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma ! pic.twitter.com/EPWGZ2qcaG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 13 December 2017
— Vighnesh Rane. (@Vighrane01) 13 December 2017
— 🌿 சசி🌿 (@sasi_offcl) 13 December 2017
— ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ ㅤ (@firkiii) 13 December 2017