Rohit Sharma has impinged himself as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever played white-ball cricket. And, he has done that by carving out a unique niche for himself: score daddy hundreds. Such is the reputation of Rohit Sharma that whenever he gets to a hundred in One-day International, fans as well pundits immediately start the countdown to the next 100.
And, they have good reasons to do so. Sharma is the only batsman in the history of One-day International cricket to hit not one, not two but as many as three double-hundreds, the last of which came on the auspicious occasion of his marriage anniversary, on this day in 2017.
Three years after he pummelled the Sri Lankan bowlers to the tune of a world-record 264, Rohit Sharma did an encore of his heist; this time mauling the hapless Lankan attack to all corners of the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. And, to make the occasion even more special, he achieved the feat as an Indian captain. He was leading the team in the absence of Virat Kohli, who was resting for the ODI rubber.
It was a typical Rohit Sharma; an innings which was once again a reflection of calm before a Tsunami of fours and sixes. Sharma reached his first hundred 100 runs in 115 balls during the 40th over of the Indian innings. What happened next was total annihilation as Sharma pulled off his ‘Hitman’ moniker, smashing the next 108 runs in a mere 38 balls. Sharma remains unbeaten on 208 off 153 balls and he went on to become only the second captain in the history of the game to smash a double ton in ODI cricket. He joined swashbuckler Virender Sehwag [219 vs West Indies, 2011] in the elusive list.
Rohit has three double tons in 50-over cricket but it seems he is still not content with it. The Indian opener fired a warning to bowling attacks around the world that many more double-hundreds are on their way in upcoming days. He did that while commenting on a post shared by Star Sports on the occasion of the 3rd anniversary of his 208.
More to come ?
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 13, 2020