Rohit Sharma scores second double century in ODI career

Indian opener Rohit Sharma has scored the second double century of his career. He scored 264 runs in 173 balls and has notched his name in record books for various categories.

In his comeback match, Team India batsman Rohit Sharma became the first batsman in the world to score two double centuries in ODI cricket. Playing against Sri Lanka, Rohit scored a mammoth 264 runs in a single handed effort to give India their fourth successive win.

Before this, Sharma had scored 209 runs against Australia. He then became the third Indian to score 200+ runs. And now, in the history of the game, only Indian batsmen have scored 200 or more runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Rightly, it was first the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar who scored the magical 200 runs. That was against South Africa at Gwalior. He had remained not out on exactly 200 runs.

Another prolific Indian batsman Virender Sehwag broke Sachin’s record and scored 219 runs.

Rohit Sharma became the third batsman who once again crossed 200 runs in a 50-over match. Batting against Australia, he scored 209 runs. It was another innings that was the talk of the town for many days after that. Even that innings and match was full of records as Rohit stroked 16 sixes.

However, the latest score by Rohit Sharma was one of its kinds. He became the first batsman to score more than 200 runs twice and even crossed an infidel mark of 250 runs. He was out off the final ball of the innings on 264 runs, 5 runs short of becoming the highest scorer in List A.

In this match, played on November 13, Thursday, Rohit hit 33 fours and 9 sixes. He was slow to start. He scored his half-century off 72 balls. He picked up pace as he scored his century off exactly 100 balls. Off the next 25 balls, he had reached 150 runs. This was a record as Rohit became the fifth batsman to score 150 or more runs for India.

On 151rst ball, Rohit registered his name as the first batsman to score 200 runs in ODIs. Only 15 balls later, Rohit had reached 250 runs. In these 15 balls, he had stroked seven fours and three sixes. This means in 10 balls only, he scored 46 runs.

It needs least mention that Rohit Sharma was the man of the match for his record-breaking innings. However, that was not without some ‘help’ from the Sri Lankan fielding as Rohit was dropped as many as three times. However, luck was on his side and ‘fortune favors the brave’, after all.

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