On this day (December 13), three years ago, India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma hammered an unbeaten 208, his third ODI double century, against Sri Lanka at PCA-IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. He is the only batsman in the cricket fraternity to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring three double centuries in One Day cricket.
Rohit had slammed his first 200+ score in 2013 while playing against Australia in Bengaluru. This was followed by the opener scoring his highest ODI score, 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014. His last ODI double hundred was in 2017 which was also his first score of 100-plus as an ODI skipper. Since 2017, the Indian cricket fans are eager to witness another stunning 200+ score from the Hitman.
On the third anniversary of his third ODI double hundred, the Mumbai Indians skipper promised his fans that he would be producing more spectacular 200+ knocks from his bat in the near future.
To celebrate Rohit’s 208-run score against Sri Lanka, the official twitter handle of Star Sports had tweeted, “#OnThisDay in 2017: Sharmaji ka beta aced a test which would be out-of-syllabus for most people – a 3rd 200 in ODIs for Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma” Taking note of this tweet, the Indian opening batsman was quick to react saying, “More to come.”
Here’s the tweet:
More to come 😊
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 13, 2020
Rohit Sharma’s third ODI double hundred at a glance
Playing in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, India were without the services of their skipper Virat Kohli and thus Rohit Sharma was essaying the role of the stand-in captain. India had lost the first game by 7 wickets and thus had to register a victory in the second ODI on December 13, 2017 to keep the series alive.
Batting first, Rohit Sharma got off to a slow start as he brought up in his ton in 115 runs. However, after that Rohit picked the pace as he scoring the last 100 runs in just 36 deliveries. The opener finished with unbeaten 208 runs from 153 balls with the help of 12 maximums and 13 boundaries.
His scintillating knock helped the Indian side in posting a mammoth total of 392 on the board in 50 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka could only muster 251/8 in 50 overs and the hosts won the match by 141 runs.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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