Kolkata, Nov 13: India batsman Rohit Sharma set two world records in One Day International cricket history by hitting his second double century here at the Eden Gardens today.
He is the first batsman in ODIs to hit two double hundreds and on way to the landmark also registered the highest ever individual score in 50-over international cricket, beating Virender Sehwag's 219. Today's was Rohit's 5th ODI hundred. (Rohit 264 off 173, Gavaskar 36* in 174)
Rohit, on Thursday, scored a magnificent 264 against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI to set records. The right-hander had previously hit 209 in Bangalore last year, against Australia. This was his comeback match after being sidelined due to an injury since August.
The 27-year-old smashed records on way to a brilliant 264 (173 balls, 33x4, 9x6). India amassed 404/5 thanks to the opener's history-making knock. Rohit's outstanding innings ended on the final ball when he was caught at long off by Mahela Jayawardene off Nuwan Kulasekara. He was dropped on 4 by Thisara Perera.
So far, there have been 4 double hundreds in ODIs and all belong to India. Sachin Tendulkar was the first and then Virender Sehwag. Now, Rohit has two.
It was a day when Rohit punished all Sri Lankan bowlers. He started off slowly in the company of Ajinkya Rahane but found his rhythm later. He took 72 balls to score his first 50 but accelerated after the half century. He toyed with the bowling attack, smashing the visitors to all parts of the historic Eden Gardens ground, which is celebrating 150 years.
This is how Rohit progressed to each 50
1st 50 off 72 balls
2nd 50 off 28 (100 in 100)
3rd 50 off 25 (150 in 125)
4th 50 off 26 (200 in 151)
5th 50 off 15 (250 in 166)
Double Hundreds in ODIs
264 - Rohit Sharma Vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 2014
219 - Virender Sehwag Vs West Indies, Indore, 2011
209 - Rohit Sharma Vs Australia, Bangalore, 2013
200 Not Out - Sachin Tendulkar Vs South Africa, Gwalior, 2010