The cricketing world had to wait for three and a half decades of ODI cricket to see a small Indian registered the first ever double hundred. Sachin Tendulkar, aged 37 then, scored the first-ever double century in ODI cricket, and since then it is not an impossible task as many others have also scaled that milestone.
The introduction of T20 cricket and broader bats ensured it is not far-sight anymore. It pushed par-scores with every passing game and the double century column kept finding new entrants. Rohit Sharma has made it a habit of scaling the landmark doing it thrice so far. Moreover, three Indian National Cricket team have achieved this feat- the most by any country.
On this context, let us take a look at the fastest double centuries in ODI cricket:
8) ROHIT SHARMA (156 balls vs Australia, 2013)
This was Rohit Sharma’s first ever double-hundred as he became only the third Indian to achieve this feat. The run fest at Bengaluru saw Rohit play a scintillating knock to entertain the crowds and guide India to a 57-run victory over Australia.
Batting first, Rohit Sharma single-handedly powered the home side 383 runs with an outstanding 209 runs knock. Shikhar Dhawan – his opening partner gave Rohit important support as the Mumbai batsman reached the milestone in 156 balls. He absolutely ran a carnage over the Aussie bowlers to achieve the feat.
The Indian team managed to defend that target and beat the visitors by 57 runs.