Kolkata, Nov 14: Rohit Sharma blasted his way into record books with a brilliant 264 off 173 balls at the Eden Gardens yesterday (November 13). But, 39 years back, an Indian legend took more number of deliveries than Rohit's and do you know how much he managed to score in a ODI?
It is worth mentioning how another Indian opener struggled to put bat to ball in a 60-over international in the 1975 World Cup in England.
While Rohit blazed to 264 off 173 deliveries, Gavaskar took 174 balls and scored just 36 not out!
Of course the game has changed drastically since then, with small boundaries, rule changes and better bats.
Rohit hit 33 boundaries and 9 sixes against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI while Gavaskar managed just 1 boundary in that knock of unbeaten 36.
Gavaskar's strike rate was a mere 20.69, considered worse even for Test matches. Rohit, on Thursday had a strike rate of 152.6.
Rohit's 33 fours in an innings is a world record. And his 264 is also the highest ever individual score in ODI, surpassing Virender Sehwag's 219. Rohit is also the first batsman in ODI history to hit two double tons. His previous double hundred was against Australia in November, 2013, where he smashed 209.
On June 7, 1975, England batted first and scored 334/4 in 60 overs. In reply, India batted out the allotted overs and could muster only 132/3. Gavaskar carried his bat for 36. His was the second highest score for India after GR Viswanath (37).
After Rohit's stupendous knock, India amassed 404/5 in 50 overs and Sri Lanka were bundled out for 251, losing to Rohit by 13 runs!
Here is a comparison of the two innings
Sunil Gavaskar - 36 Not Out (174 balls, 1x4, Strike Rate 20.69) - Scorecard
Rohit Sharma - 264 (173 balls, 33x4, 9x6, SR 152.60) - Scorecard