Rohit Sharma notched second double hundred
Rohit Sharma notched up his second double hundred in ODIs, becoming the first batsman to reach the landmark, and also sped past Virender Sehwag’s 219 registering the highest individual score in ODIs getting out for 264 off 173 balls in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday.
Rohit, 27, who had returned to competitive cricket after a fractured finger that he sustained in August, scoring a 111-ball 145 against Sri Lanka in a practice game ahead of the ODI series made the most of the opportunity given to him in the fourth ODI. Regular opener Shikhar Dhawan was rested and opening in place of the Delhi batsman, Rohit played like a man on mission.
During his epic knock the opener hit 33 boundaries and nine sixes and scored runs at a strike-rate of 152.66. The knock also helped India notch up their fifth team score of over 400. India eventually went on to make 404 for 5 with Virat Kohli being the second highest-scorer in the innings with 66.
Rohit surpassed the previous highest individual score of 219 set by Sehwag in 2011 against West Indies. He though missed out on the becoming the highest individual scorer in List-A games, missing the landmark by just four runs. Ali Brown of England holds the record with the score of 268.
“It’s important to look at the team score, because that’s how you will build your innings, you need to know where your team stands,” Rohit said, after his 264 off 173 balls powered India to 404 for 5 against Sri Lanka. “It’s important to know what the score is and how many overs have been bowled, and how many overs of each bowler are left. I think it’s very important to think when you’re batting, and that’s what I did.”
Rohit was playing his first match for India in two and a half months, having been sidelined by a finger injury and a shoulder strain. He had shown signs of hitting the top form straightaway in his return to competitive cricket – the warm-up game in Mumbai against the Sri Lankans before this series – when he scored 142 off 111 balls. After that break, Rohit joked, he was relieved to get time in the middle. “After a few months’ break, so I’m not really tired, I was ready to bat another 50 overs,” he said, adding that the pitch made it necessary for him to not throw away his start.
“But yeah, jokes apart, I was determined and dedicated to getting a big one. Once I got to fifty, I knew that I had to convert, because it was a good batting wicket. The scores here, even 300-350, are easily chaseable. We wanted to get a big score and that made me stay there as long as possible.”
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Batting conditions, ordinary bowling attack notwithstanding, it takes some doing getting 264 off 173 balls. Well done Rohit!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) November 13, 2014