The Indian opener Rohit Sharma continued his love with Eden garden yesterday as he ensured that his team gets past the winning total before he comes back to the dressing room. Rohit sailed his team past a big total of 187 against the home team Kolkata Knight Riders. He led the Mumbai batting from the front and scored 84* in which he cleared the ropes twice and also smashed ten boundaries.
His love with Eden Gardens has been there right from the start of his career i.e. from his Ranji days till today.
Recently in the first practise match of the World T20, he played a superb innings of 98 runs and helped Indian team to post a huge total on the board against West Indies. Unlucky Rohit missed the second ton of his T20 career by just 2 runs but still he will be a happy man as his valuable innings helped India to win the match.
Eden has always been a dream ground for Rohit no matter whichever format he is playing. He made his Test debut on this ground in the historic last series of Sachin Tendulkar. All the spotlight and media attention was on Sachin Tendulkar but Rohit Sharma stole the show with his innings as he scored a century on his test debut and achieved the rare feat. He played a mammoth innings of 177 runs and helped Indian team to post a total of 453 runs on the board. India won that match by an innings and 51 runs.
The next year in the same month Rohit Sharma shattered all the ODI records and played a devastating innings of 264 runs against Sri Lanka on his lucky ground. Opening the innings for India he scored 264 runs which included 33 fours and 9 sky towering sixes. He became the first man on the planet to score two double centuries in ODI, the record which is still unbroken. That innings went down to the history books.
Not only in international cricket, in Ranji Trophy too Rohit has a good record on this ground. In Ranji Trophy 2010/11 he played an innings of 200* not out against the hosts Bengal. Riding on his double century Mumbai went onto post a huge total of 621 runs on the board.
Talking of T20 cricket; in the final of IPL last year Rohit Sharma scored a quick fire 50 runs in just 26 balls to help his team cross the 200 run mark and Mumbai Indians went onto win the IPL trophy for the second time in the history of IPL.
Surely these stats show that Rohit loves to bat on this ground The atmosphere and air of Eden Garden suits him perfectly as whenever he bats here he always break one or the other record. In total, he has 391 runs to his name at his dream ground at an average of 55.85. Yesterday too he showed that why he is called the King of Eden Garden.