Rohit Sharma, the double ton man has yet again proved his mettle with the bat, at the top. In the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali, Rohit hammered Sri Lankan bowlers like a hitman. He came back to the dressing room carrying the bat from the first ball of innings and scored 208*. It would not be wrong if he is called as the DOUBLE TON man. This is his 4th ODI double ton and it looks like he is hungry for making more.
Sri Lanka, with a stunning win in the first ODI of the series entered into the ground with confidence. At first, the match was progressing for India with a very slow rate. Team India was just 33/0 in the first powerplay of the match. But then, when the double ton man felt he is settled on the crease, he started to play his strokes. Indian captain was right on the mark and rose the team total to a gigantic 392/4.
Rohit Sharma is the only batsman in the world who holds the distinguished record of making a Double ton in the ODI’s twice. And in this match, he has amended his own record. Now the Double Ton man is having 3 double tons in his career. Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag and Martin Guptill are the other players’ along with Rohit who carry this honor. Not to the surprise, but there is a collective fact between all of them and that is every one of them is an opener. He still carries the honor of highest run-maker in ODIs. He has made a mammoth 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in 2014.
Talking about the match, it is an important match for Team India to keep the series alive. Because Sri Lanka is on the Lead, winning the first ODI of the series. The openers started the innings for India with a slow but careful manner. As they scored just 33 in the first powerplay which is not usual in modern cricket. As the confidence grew in both the batsmen, they played their strokes. In 22nd over, Sri Lanka got their first happy moment of the match. Shikhar Dhawan lost his wicket to Sachith Pathirana after scoring 68. After then, Rohit along-with Shereyas Iyer, who is just playing his second ODI started to punish Sri Lankan bowlers. Iyer has kept playing freely with the captain.
But this match truly belongs to the Double Ton Man i.e. Rohit Sharma. He reached his 100 in 115 deliveries and after that, rest all is an entertaining inning. It was like sixes and fours were raining at Mohali. He used the next 38 deliveries he faced to gather huge 108 runs. He hit 10th six on the very first delivery and hurried a couple on both the next deliveries to reach his 3rd Double century. Ravi Shastri, reigning coach of India was in commentary box at that time. He said no wonder why Rohit is called the Hitman. In this match, he played least no. of balls to score a double-ton than his previous such scores. He faced 153 deliveries for 208*. Previously he made 209 in 158 against Australia in Bengaluru, 2013, his first double ton. And he scored 264 of just 173 balls which is current highest score by an individual player in ODI history. He is in the middle of his career and already rose to such a huge level.
Some Facts about Rohit Sharma’s Double Ton Man to which he has reached in this match are:
- Most no. of 6s by an Indian batsman in calendar year. (43 and counting)
- 3rd Most no. of ODIs Hundreds in a calendar year for India. (Alongwith Tendulkar, Dravid and Kohli each scoring 6)
- 2nd quickest batsman for India to make a century playing as a captain. (Jointly with Gambhir and Kohli every one scoring in 2nd ODI inning as a captain)
- 2nd Highest Individual runs playing as a captain. (208*)
- 2nd Highest individual score against Sri Lanka with Highest also belonging to him. (208*)
- 2nd Most no. of 6s in an ODI by a captain. (12 in 2nd ODI at Mohali)
Rohit Sharma has years to contribute to ODI cricket and his team. The way he is playing in the game, one can also expect the feat of a triple hundred by him. It may be a bit more but who can say, he might attain this remarkable land mark. And if he does, which he might, it would be one of the greatest moment of cricket for all time, for a long time.
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