So, it was at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, putting India to bat first after Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera won the toss, Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian side in the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, who was in Italy for his marriage, after a poor start in the first ODI at Dharamsala made a stunning comeback with his 3rd Double century.
Rohit Gurunath Sharma or the “HITMAN” becomes the first batsman in the history of cricket to score three double-centuries. What a knock from Rohit!!! The amazing record of Rohit’s three double-centuries in ODI is unlikely to be touched in a hurry, as no other batsman has even two. It was raining sixes at Mohali with Rohit blazing 208 runs in 153 balls with a strike rate of 135.95 scoring the third double century and second against Sri Lanka. The Hitman was completely unstoppable on the field. He gave a wonderful gift to his wife Ritika Sharma on their 2nd marriage anniversary on 13th December 17 and what a day it was for Ritika.
On this proud moment let’s have a look at his three double-centuries and some amazing Twitter reactions:
#1 209 in the year 2013:
After Sachin and Sehwag from team India, it was Rohit Sharma on 2 November 2013 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore against Australia. Batting first, Sharma shared stands of 112 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan, 72 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina, and 167 with M.S Dhoni taking India to a grand total of 383 for 6. India won that match by 57 runs, with Sharma scoring 209 he made his first ever double century with a strike rate of 132.28 and what a moment it was for India.
#2 264 in the year 2014:
It was Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 13 November 2014 where Rohit once again proved that he can be destructive with his bat by hitting his second double century Rohit scored 264 runs with superb strike rate of 152.60. Batting first, HITMAN shared stands of 202 for the third wicket with Virat Kohli, and 128 with Robin Uthappa on the way taking India to a mammoth total of 404 for 5. India won by 153 runs as Lankan batsmen were bowled out for 251. With this knock, Rohit Sharma became the only batsman till date to score more than one double century in one-day cricket.
#3 208 in the year 2017:
It’s an early New year’s gift to the Indian cricket fans and 2nd marriage anniversary gift to his wife and sports manager Ritika Sharma. What an innings it was HITMAN!!! With 13 fours and 12 sixes, Rohit was a delight to watch. It is very rare and only a few players like Rohit can make batting look so easy. The first man in the history to score a double century for the third time in ODIs with a strike rate of 135.95 Rohit Sharma scored 208 runs off 153 balls showing the world why he is the HITMAN for Indian batting order. Batting first, Sharma shared stands of 115 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan and 213 for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer taking India to a total of 392 for 4. India wins the match by 141 runs and it was all about Rohit Sharma.
Here are some Twitter handed-picked reactions soon after Sharma created a history with third double century:
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017
— Anuradha (@AnuRadha9082) December 13, 2017
— @Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msd_msdhoni) December 13, 2017
I was dancing like anything 😅…what a batting by HIT-MAN😘😘
— Harshad (@harshbongane) December 13, 2017
— manohar bodake (@ManoharSpeaks) December 13, 2017