An Unstoppable Hit Man Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma became the first player on the planet to cross the 200-run mark thrice in one-day internationals.

Rohit Sharma hit his third double hundred in ODI cricket as he scored unbeaten 208 runs in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Opening the batting, Rohit took 153 balls to reach his double century and hit 13 fours and 12 sixes in the inning. He is the only cricketer to scored three double centuries in ODIs and two of them have come against the same opponent — Sri Lanka. He had scored 264 runs against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014.

The opener’s feat helped India reach 392 for 4 in 50 overs. Sharma ended his innings on an unbeaten 208, thereby becoming the first captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket. The 300-plus total on Wednesday was India’s 100th in ODIs, the first team to reach the feat.The Mumbai right-hander, who began his innings cautiously, accelerated the innings a brilliant fashion. He scored his 50 off 65 balls and scored his 16th ODI century off 115 balls.

At this point, his strike rate was 86.96. But his second century off 36 balls at a strike-rate 277.78. In one over he hit Suranga Lakmal for four sixes and rocketed from to 116 to 140.

Rohit’s first ever double century came in 2013 when he scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore. In that match, he became the third Indian to score a double century in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
A year later, he made 264 at Eden Gardens. This score still remains the individual highest by a batsman in 50-over cricket.
Apart from Rohit, Tendulkar, and Sehwag, the two other batsmen to score double centuries in ODIs are Martin Guptill (New Zealand) and Chris Gayle (West Indies).

This was Rohit’s second century in his last three ODIs. He scored 147 runs against New Zealand in Kanpur in October but failed in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala on Sunday. He was out for a duck there.

Sri Lanka claimed a shock victory in the first ODI after dismissing India for only 112, but stand-in captain Rohit made a magnificent 208 not out from 153 balls in a crushing 141-run victory which set up a decider in Delhi on Saturday.Rohit was the only batsman to have scored two ODI double hundreds and added another on Wednesday, smashing 12 sixes and 13 fours with a brutal onslaught after playing himself in as India posted a massive total of 392-4.Shikhar Dhawan made 68 and Shreyas Iyer (88 from 70) scored a maiden half-century for his country in only his second ODI, the latter and Rohit putting on 213 for the second wicket before the skipper continued to cut loose.

Mathews scored a fine 111 not out, but the tourists were never going to chase down such a massive target and Yuzvendra Chahal took 3-60 as they could only muster 251-8.Rohit took nine balls to get off the mark and India were only 33 without loss after 10 overs, but that proved to the calm before the storm as Dhawan took the roll of aggressor to give the innings impetus.The powerful left hander played increasingly fluently and reached his half-century from 47 balls, but an opening stand of 115 ended when he slapped Sachith Pathirana to Lahiru Thirimanne at midwicket.

Rohit looked ominous at the other end after a watchful start, launching the hugely expensive Nuwan Pradeep (0-106) for six as he shifted through the gears and with support from the confident Iyer.The classy Rohit brought up his century off 115 balls and danced down the track to smash Pathirana for a straight six, while Iyer raced to 50 with ease, playing delightful shots on both sides of the wicket.

Rohit hit Suranga Lakmal, Sri Lanka’s hero in the series opener, for four sixes in as many legal deliveries before Iyer holed out and the stand-in skipper continued to treat the Sri Lanka bowlers with disdain, serving up a masterclass of clean hitting for a raucous crowd.

Rohit passed the 200 mark in the final over and hooked another six for good measure in an astonishing innings, which was only his third-best in ODIs.

let’s see the records:

Double hundreds in ODIs:
264 Rohit Sharma
237* M Guptill
219 V Sehwag
215 C Gayle
208* Rohit Sharma
209 Rohit Sharma
200* S Tendulkar

Highest individual scores by captains in ODIs:
219 V Sehwag v WI, Indore, 2011
208* Rohit Sharma
189 S Jayasuriya v Ind, Sharjah, 2000
186* S Tendulkar v NZ, Hyderabad, 1999

Fewest ODIs to score maiden 100 as captain (India)
1 S Tendulkar
2 G Gambhir/ V Kohli/ Rohit Sharma
4 A Jadeja
5 M Azharuddin
6 S Ganguly
Most ODI 100s in a calendar year for India:
9 S Tendulkar (1998)
7 S Ganguly (2000)
6 S Tendulkar (1996)/ R Dravid (1999)/ V Kohli (2017)/ Rohit Sharma (2017)

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