For once, the Indian fans had once again started celebrating Rohit Sharma’s imminent double-century but the batsman edged the ball to wicketkeeper Shai Hope off Sheldon Cottrell when he was batting of 159. With a play of more than six overs left, Rohit had a bright chance of scoring his fourth double-century but missed out.
The only Indian to score more than one double-century in ODIs, Rohit has three double-centuries alongside his name. He first achieved the feat in 2013 against Australia and followed up with heroics against Sri Lanka in 2014. In December 2017, Rohit scored his third double-century which came against Sri Lanka. But today wasn’t the day as he missed the mark in his penultimate ODI in 2019. Here is how Twitterati reacted to Rohit’s 159 –
Stop what you are doing. Watch Rohit Sharma teeing off
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 18, 2019
Players with more ODI centuries in a calendar year than Rohit Sharma:
1. Sachin Tendulkar
End of list. pic.twitter.com/prhEMvArXp
— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2019
Only Rohit Sharma can slightly disappoint you even after scoring 159. #INDvWI
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 18, 2019
Most sixes in a calendar year:
75 Rohit Sharma in 2019*
74 Rohit Sharma in 2018
65 Rohit Sharma in 2017
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) December 18, 2019
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 18, 2019
Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman in the odi history to score 7 ODI 💯 against 7 different countries in a year..
— ً (@AmanCric19_) December 18, 2019
Rohit sharma simply unstoppable after his ton, can hit almost every ball to boundary.
Probably best ever accelerator game has ever seen
— Akki (@CrickPotato) December 18, 2019
— SagarPradhan #MI (@Sharmaji_fan) December 18, 2019
Rohit played a knock of 159 off 138 and played a pivotal role in giving a great start to India. He and KL Rahul added 227 runs for the first wicket in 37 overs. He took his time at the start and once the vice-captain was in form, Rohit played some good shots and reached the three-figure mark before his partner.
Rahul too completed his century but was dismissed on102. He was soon followed by captain Virat Kohli, who was dismissed on a golden duck off Kieron Pollard.
Rohit was dismissed in 44th over but that did not have much impact on team’s run-rate as Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer played big shots all around the ground. Rishabh smashed 24 runs in the 46th over bowled by Cottrell – he hit two sixes and three fours in that over.
After 48 overs, Team India has registered a score of 368 and will look to put up a total of above 380. Vizag is also a good chasing ground and the Indian bowlers will have their task cut out in the second innings. West Indies lead the series 1-0.