Rohit Sharma, who scored a mammoth 264 off 173 in the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens last night, the entire world stood on its feet and applauded the inhuman effort by the Indian opener. Few years back, it was almost impossible for a batsman to score 180 in One-Day matches. But in the last four years, four batsmen have crossed the magical mark of 200 in ODI’s.
Sachin Tendulkar set the tone by scoring the first ever ODI double hundred against South Africa followed by his teammate Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma. In fact, Rohit Sharma has managed to achieve this feat twice, first against Australia at Bangalore last year and yesterday against Sri Lanka. He even went on to breach the 250 mark and ended up getting out on 264 off the final ball of the innings.
After his 173 ball vigil that included 33 fours and nine sixes, he said that he still wanted to bat for 50 more overs. In the post-match presentation, he said “I wanted to bat through the course of the 50 overs and I am glad I was able to do that. For now, I will enjoy the 264. Any other milestone including 300 can wait. I am coming back after a two-month break, so was not tired at any part of the innings. The strategy was to go from 100 to 150 to 200 and 250. Eden is a good track to do that.”
He aIso praised heaps on the Eden Gardens as he said that it is a special ground to him because he made his Ranji Trophy debut here, got a hundred on my Test debut, scored an Indian Premier League hundred here.