Rohit Sharma who had a nightmarish first ODI against the visitors just days ago, played a stunning innings of 208 runs. With this, he is the first captain to score a double century and also the first batsman to hit a third double hundred. Mohali stadium was lit up by Rohit’s blitzkrieg. He went back to the pavilion with 208 runs to his credit playing all 50 overs. He had 13 fours and 12 sixes to his name.It was an innings where every nook and cranny of the ground was explored. He didn’t spare any of the bowlers. India posted a target of 393 for Sri Lanka. Interestingly, after making his double ton, Rohit sent a kiss to his wife Ritika, who was in the stands, as it is also his wedding anniversary. Rohit took a mere 36 balls to go from 100 to 200 run mark. His mother, Purnima Sharma, expressed her happiness and said,”I & his father felt very pleased that he scored double century. It was also his wedding anniversary so our happiness was doubled. As a mother, I feel very proud that my son is captain of cricket team.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017
Earlier, on November 13, 2014, Rohit Sharma shattered the record books when he blasted his way to the highest-ever individual score in one-day internationals. He became the first person to score more than 250 runs in One-Day international cricket. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. His innings of 264 is the highest score by a batsman in an ODI, surpassing 219 by Virender Sehwag. The only other batsmen to make double centuries are Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill and Sachin Tendulkar. Moving on from the individual record to the team stats, India for the 100th time crossed the 300-mark.
Meanwhile, apart from the hitman, his partners in the crime were Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. Both the batsmen had their share in the massive total. On one hand, where Dhawan, scored 68, Iyer played impressive 88-runs innings.