It isn’t considered regular service for Rohit Sharma if he isn’t scoring double tons in ODI cricket. Such is his reputation due to which Rohit Sharma is amongst the best opening batsmen in limited-overs cricket today. One-day international is undeniably his strongest suit, having smashed three double-centuries in 217 games. Meanwhile, the 33-year-old has revealed a cheeky anecdote with regards to his third double-ton.
Rohit Sharma is the only batsman to score more than a single double-hundred in ODIs. In 2013, he joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as only the third player to achieve the feat. In 2014 and 2017, the right-handed batsman mustered two more, including a score of 264 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Rohit’s third double-hundred in ODIs came at the PCA stadium in Mohali in December 2017 against Sri Lanka, his second against them. To witness the Mumbai batsman’s mastery, his wife was present at the stadium, and the camera’s focus shifted on to her as tears kept streaming down from her eyes. When asked by Rohit, why was Ritika crying, she revealed that she thought that the batsman had twisted his hand while completing the 196th run.
“At first, I had no idea she cried. When I came from the ground, I just asked her why did you (Ritika) cry? So she told me that she thought I (Rohit) twisted my hand when I dived for my 196th run and that was a little worrying factor for her, she got little emotional of because of that I guess.” the Mumbai batsman stated in a chat with Mayank Agarwal.
I never thought I will get to a double hundred: Rohit Sharma
The 33-year-old went on to reveal that he was going quite slow to the extent that he never thought he would breach the 200-mark. Nevertheless, Rohit felt that the pressure shifted on the bowlers after crossing 125 and only a mistake from the batsman’s side can prove detrimental. On the back of Rohit Sharma’s knock of 208, India posted 392 and went on to seal the match by 141 runs.
“To be honest I was going pretty slow, I never thought I will get to a double hundred, but once you cross 125, I feel it gets easier for you because bowlers are under pressure. Unless you make a mistake, I don’t think you can get out.” he said further.