Its Sri Lanka again this time who witness the third double-century by the Hitman, Rohit Sharma. This was his second against Sri Lanka and third in One Dayers.
Rohit, who ended his innings on an unbeaten 208, got his name etched in history books as he became the only player to score three double centuries in ODIs.
If you don’t know…
Mr. Sharma has no double century in test cricket but he has three in ODIs. First ever cricketer to do so.
Rohit started his innings on a steady note but changed gears eventually to throw kitchen sinks at the bowlers along with Shreyas Iyer (88) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) to provide the hosts with a solid base.
The right-handed batsman also registered the second highest individual score by a captain in the 50-over format. He trails Virender Sehwag, who had scored 219 against West Indies in Indore in 2011.
After this phenomenal performance, Twitter burst out with the best greetings and people who even don’t know about Twitter started wishing him best.
Let us have a look at few interesting tweets:
It is 2nd marriage anniversary of Rohit and Ritika today and he gave his wife a perfect gift no husband can ever think to present. It was a very emotional moment in the match when Rohit was a few runs away of his third ODI double-century.
But when the skipper scored the 200th run everyone out there got emotional and especially his beloved wife, tears started falling and somehow she managed to hide them by looking around.
And with this knack of hitting double-tons added to his arsenal, Rohit has become the fire-breathing dragon in international cricket. When Rohit is in the zone, he is just unstoppable, something that Sri Lanka would be familiar with, having been at the receiving end twice.
With this double-ton, Sharma crashed and burned the flurry of records:
16th hundred for Rohit Sharma
He became the fourth Indian to score the maximum number of centuries in ODIs after The Lord Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (32) and Sourav Ganguly (22).
Most number of 150+ scores in ODIs
He scored 150+ five times in 173 games, apart from three double hundreds, Rohit, the magician also has two scores of 150 or more. One against South Africa in 2015 in Kanpur, and the other an unbeaten 171 against Kangaroos in Perth.
Most number of centuries in a calendar year
This was Rohit Sharma’s sixth century in 2017, the most for him in a calendar year. Only Tendulkar (nine in 1998) and Ganguly (seven in 2000) has scored more in a year for India. Tendulkar (in 1996), Rahul Dravid (in 1999) and Kohli (in 2017) has also scored six each.
Time to put Rohit Sharma’s picture on the 200 rupee note?
People from the different regions of the country already started appealing for the same. They want Rohit Sharma’s picture on 200 rs note as he is making India proud by scoring 200s in International cricket.
That’s simply India and its quaint citizens for you.