Rohit Sharma, Double Centuries have a special relation. Let’s explore it!
The Hitman, Shaana, King of Sixes and what not. Rohit Sharma has been ruling the hearts of Cricket fanatics for a while now. And why not? The man is a delight to watch when in form. The ease in his batting with impeccable class is indeed something very rare and equally special. Rohit ranks second in the ICC ODI ranking of Batsmen which is evident from his consistent match-winning performances. Although everyone knew about Rohit’s potential and supported him in the initial years of his struggling career, Rohit has been irreplaceable ever since he took the role of opening the innings in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. There is no looking back ever since then. Year after year, Rohit has improved his shortcomings and performed at the highest level consistently.
The 32-year old is current Vice-Captain of the Indian Cricket Team and Captain of reigning IPL Champions, Mumbai Indians. In fact, he has led the IPL giants to record 4 IPL Titles, while himself being a part of 5 title runs (one with the Deccan Chargers in season 2). In his 12-year ODI career till now, he has broken and established numerous records with most recent being the record 5 centuries in the ICC World Cup 2019. But out of all his unbelievable achievements, the most memorable and mind-boggling is definitely the 3 double centuries that he has. The 3 most gigantic knocks in the history of ODI cricket by arguably the most dominant player after reaching the 3rd figure mark in individual score. Let us look back at all the 3 Rohit Sharma double centuries and the records associated with all of them.
3208 against Sri Lanka
I’m sure this is the closest one to Rohit’s heart. It was a must-win game for team India as Sri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0. In fact, Rohit was leading the Indian side in the series for the first time in the absence of a rested Virat Kohli. Unlike last time, Sri Lanka invoked this destruction upon themselves by opting to field first and letting Hitman begin the show on a good looking batting surface.
Well, everything was perfectly set up for the Indian captain and he gifted not just wife, but the whole nation with one of the most dominant performances of all time on his marriage anniversary. All the 3 batsmen of Indian top order scored more than 50 runs with one of them scoring 4 times the number. Rohit scored a 153-ball 208 to go out unbeaten for the first time after scoring a double century, helping India post a huge total of 392/4. Although this time there was no Virat runout, former Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews ensured to leave some coincidence to the previous match scoring a century. India won the game comfortably by a margin of 141 runs.
2209 against Australia
This is probably the most crucial knock of the 3 mega-scores. The Australian team was on a long tour to India ending with a big 7-match ODI series. The dominant Indian side had just bagged the only left ICC Trophy on their, claiming the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. It was a batsmen series for sure, all the first innings’ scores being more than 300 runs. It is the 7th match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and the series tied at 2 each. As the chasing team won 3 out of 4 ODIs and the sole t-20 in the series, Australia opted to field first after winning the toss. They definitely could not foresee what was about to follow.
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The in-form Indian opening pair did not disappoint, giving India a dominant start with a 100-run partnership. But Dhawan played the wrong line and got plunged in front of the wickets by Doherty. In comes the hottest Indian Batting talent, at no. 3, Virat Kohli. He was coming off scoring the fastest and the second fastest ODI century by an Indian in the same series, helping India chase 350+ scores in the 2 matches they won. But the stars seemed to have aligned for Rohit for the day. He slipped while sneaking a quick run and silenced the crowd by creating a rare Virat Kohli duck in the runout. Rohit definitely felt responsible for it. He ensured to stay long enough, scoring enough runs to compensate for the huge loss.
James Faulkner gave it all he had, scoring his first century in ever domestic or international cricket, but the Aussies ran out of wickets as India won the match by 57 runs. And also championed the series 3-2 with Rohit bagging both Man of the Match and Man of the Series Awards for his absolutely amazing performances.
1264 against Sri Lanka
I am sure everyone who did not watch the first innings of the match must have laughed it off after hearing the figure. 264 by Rohit, I must have heard it wrong. Probably it is India’s score in the first innings. But the following image speaks for about every such individual (including me) who looked at the score afterwards.
The hitman actually burst the Sri Lankans for a tremendous 264 runs off 173 balls in an ODI match. At the end of the inning, there remained neither a shot nor a part of the ground which Rohit did not explore, just standing long at the crease with his mighty bat. Coincidentally, Virat Kohli got run out in this innings as well; this time after scoring a decent 66 off 64 balls. Rohit had a lot to say to his critics with this innings as he was returning to the lineup after recovering from a fracture in a finger. Rohit missed the unbeaten mark as he got out off the last ball of the innings after amassing a total of 404/5 for India.