Rohit Sharma may have smashed three double centuries in ODI cricket but the one against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 13 December – scored as India’s captain – will probably be the one he cherishes the most.
With his wife watching from the stands, the 30-year-old opener scored an unbeaten 208 in 153 balls on his second wedding anniversary. With this, he has become the first-ever cricketer to score three double centuries.
His wife Ritika was seen in the stands nervously cheering on each as Sharma scored the boundaries and sixes, eventually tearing up when he got to the landmark.
Rohit has established and enhanced his status as one of the finest limited overs batsman of his generation. He holds the world record score of 264 against the team he loves most thrashing, Sri Lanka and made his maiden double ton of 209 against Australia in Bengaluru back in 2013.
In all the seven double-hundreds that have been scored, three of them belong to the Mumbai swashbuckler. The other four double-hundreds have been scored by Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle. Rohit’s 208 not out against Sri Lanka is the second highest individual score by a captain, with the top spot being occupied by Sehwag with his 219 against West Indies in 2011.
After Sachin Tendulkar’s 49, Virat Kohli’s 32 and Sourav Ganguly’s 22, Rohit is in line with his 16 tons. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit made an impressive start after Sri Lanka winning the toss and putting the hosts to bat first.With a wicket similar to Dharamsala, the Lankans may have been expecting the same result like Dharamsala, but the tables have today turned.
Sadly for Shreyas Iyer, he was closing in on his maiden ODI ton, but was dismissed at 88. Iyer would be proud as he and Rohit helped project a scoreline that the Sri Lankans would have a tough time chasing.