India vs Sri Lanka: Rohit Sharma becomes first player to hit two double-hundreds in ODI
Rohit Sharma on Thursday comes back to International cricket with a great double hundred and shatters records in ODI against Sri Lanka at Kolkata's favourite Eden Gardens. He likewise turns into the first player to hit 250 and two double hundreds in an One Day International match. He scored his first ODI double against Australia last November in Bangalore.
The right-handed batsman got himself out off the last ball of the innings, attempting to clear the straight boundary. Be that as it may veteran Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene took a smooth catch off Nuwan Kulasekara. By then, he had effectively scored an amazing 264 races to turn into the highest scorer in an ODI innings. He is the third player, all Indian, to hit double hundreds in the 50-overs format. Others were batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
Interestingly, all the four innings have come in India, all scored by Indian openers. Little Master was the first to accomplish the accomplishment, when he scored an unbeaten 200 (149 balls, 25 fours and seven sixes) against South Africa on 24 Feb 2010. Virender Sehwag turned into the second player to hit a double ton on December 8, 2011 against West Indies. He scored 219 with the help of 25 fours and seven sixes. Rohit Sharma's first double touched base on November 2, 2013 against Australia. He scored 209 off 158 balls.
The 27-year-old skilled batsman was making a rebound to the Indian One Day International squad after a injury lay-off. He keep going played for India on August 27 against England at Cardiff. During the England tour, he got injured with fracture on the center finger of his right hand.
With India having effectively won the five-match series against Sri Lanka, the Indian team management selected to turn and give playing time to whatever number players as would be prudent in front of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In this manner, accumulated Rohit into the Indian fold.
India have won the initial three matches in Cuttack, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. After today's Kolkata fixture, the last ODI will be played at Ranchi.