It was mayhem at the PCA Stadium in Mohali as Hitman of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma became the first man in the history of ODI cricket to smash three double centuries. In fact, Rohit is the only batsman in world cricket to have scored more than one double century in ODI’s. It was a sensational innings which was decorated with 13 fours and 12 sixes.
Like all his earlier innings, Rohit began cautiously and scored his first fifty of 65 deliveries. He was looking in control of proceedings, but the big shots were yet to be unleashed. Along with Shreyas Iyer, the duo shared a mammoth partnership of over 200 runs. Rohit eventually reached his 16th ODI century by taking a single. It came off 115 deliveries but what transpired in the final ten overs left everyone spellbound.
It was carnage at the display from Rohit as he toyed with the Lankan pacers smashing sixes after sixes. 11 of his 12 sixes came in the final phase of the innings. He gave special treatment to the likes of Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwwan Pradeep as they were punished all over the ground. He went berserk in the last ten overs and scored his 2nd century in a mere 36 deliveries. The Lankan bowlers were left scratching their head as Rohit went hammers and tongs on a consistent basis.
Meanwhile, former Indian swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag who was the 2nd batsman in the world to score an ODI double century congratulated Rohit on a brilliant innings. The sensational hitter of the ball reached his last century in 36 deliveries, but Sehwag made a mistake and lauded him for bringing up his 2nd hundred in only 35 deliveries.
Taking to his twitter handle, Sehwag wrote, “Wah Rohit Wah! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma !”. It was a mistake on Sehwag’s part, but you can’t deny the fact that Rohit was simply exceptional today and yet again proved why he is among one of the very dangerous batsmen in world cricket in the limited overs format.
Wah Rohit Wah ! 35 balls for the second hundred. So proud of you Rohit Sharma ! pic.twitter.com/EPWGZ2qcaG
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 13, 2017