The modern day cricket has witnessed many players with an exceptional ability of making double hundreds in ODI cricket, but I guess at this moment there is no one even close who can break the record of Rohit Sharma’s double centuries in one day international cricket format. ODI cricket has always been one of the favorite formats of Rohit Sharma as he smashed not one, but three double century which came against Australia and Sri Lanka.
Rohit has all the virtues including his timing, power, and temperament in his batting in order to become one of the great in white ball cricket. The fact I am glorifying him because he deserves it. I mean as a batsman, it’s always a dream to cross the mark of 200 runs in whichever format he can in his life whereas Rohit Sharma has done that thing like 3 times till now in his career. Therefore, let’s revisit and look to his 3-double hundreds knocks in ODI cricket.
List of Rohit Sharma Double Hundreds In ODI Cricket
1st Double Hundred – 264 Runs vs Sri Lanka
It is the most iconic and greatest inning ever played by an Indian batter in 50-over format cricket. Rohit Sharma was absolute beast and portrayed his white ball game in a aggressive way in front of the world by playing the knock of 264 runs in just 173 balls against Sri Lanka in 2014.
India got the chance to bat first on batting wicket of Eden Gardens where Rohit alone scored 264 runs out of total score of 404 runs of India. Sri Lankan bowlers, Prasanna, Perara, and Angelo Mathews were looking clueless in front of Rohit’s massive storm.
The moment Rohit Made 264 runs, he not only became the first Indian to score highest odi runs but also from International cricket. This knock was enough for all those who were doubting Hitman’s white ball striking in the game.
The match was being played on Oldest stadium of India, Eden Gardens which is quite small in terms of boundary length but we cannot overlook Hitman’s 264 runs inning. If anyone thinks that, Rohit played such an impressive knock because of Eden Gardens small boundary lengths then let me ask you, why did not any other batter has made double hundred on that same ground so far?
It’s all just baseless opinion which people sometimes throws on a player’s great performance. I personally feels that, as of now there are only few players who can break 264 runs record of Rohit Sharma those are Shubhman Gill, Harry Brook, and Babar Azam as they have enough time in white ball cricket to break this record out.
2nd Double Hundred – 209 Runs vs Australia
Yet another evergreen inning of Rohit Sharma’s career against mighty aussies which came in 2013 in Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy cricket ground features on 2nd place in the list of Rohit Sharma Double Century list.
Every Indian cricket fan knows what happens when there is a match between two most entertaining teams of world cricket that too in Chinnaswamy stadium which is considered as heaven for batters and hell for bowlers. Therefore, Indian batting unit set the target of 383 runs for guests.
India’s innings started with two most iconic openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan where they both made 100 plus opening partnership. Later, Rohit alone from the one end kept the scorecard of India busy as he ended up scoring 209 runs in 158 deliveries with the strike rate of 132.27 against Aussie bowlers.
The fact that the Virat Kohli who was inform batsman at that time got run out because of Rohit Sharma’s bad call, but Rohit compensate his mistake and the runs of Kohli as well in his one inning of 209 runs.
Moreover apart from Rohit’s inning, James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell both played an extremely well from Australian side where both scored 116 and 76 runs respectively but could not pulled out victory as it was clearly the day of Rohit Sharma to score a double hundred.
3rd Double Hundred – 208* Runs vs Sri Lanka
Probably Sri Lanka would be Rohit’s favorite team to play against, as he shattered his 3rd double century in his ODI career in 2017 in Mohali cricket ground. There is a reason why people call him as “Hitman” Sharma for his monstrous and eye catching hitting. He made 208 runs by facing 153 balls against Lankans. Therefore, it’s counts as final knock in Rohit Sharma Double Century list.
The day december 17, 2017 was completely belonged to Rohit to put the magnificent show for the crowd and fans who watched that live. Interesting thing was Rohit completed his century in 40th over and ended up scoring double century (208) by the end of 50th over. He was playing Lankan bowlers like they were some under 19-bowlers, that’s why maybe he hit 13 huge sixes.
Even after having three-200 plus knocks till now in 50 overs format, everyone expects more and more in every ODI match whenever he crosses a century. That’s the kind of benchmark he has made for himself over the years.
Moreover, Many experts feels that there is still chance for his 4th double century in one day cricket that’s because now he knows the pattern and path of converting a century into double hundred. He has quite good experience when it comes to playing till the end of innings. Hence the 4th double century of Rohit can come in any upcoming ODI match.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the last ODI double century of Rohit Sharma?
Rohit Sharma made his last ODI double hundred in 2017, 17 december against Sri Lanka by scoring 208* runs in 153 deliveries.
How many Indian players has scored double century in ODI cricket?
These are the five Indian batters who has successfully crossed the mark of 200 runs in ODI format. Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Shubhman Gill, and Ishan Kishan.
When did Shubman Gill made double hundred in ODI cricket?
On 18th Jan 2023, Gill smashed his first ever ODI double century in against New Zealand by scoring 208 runs in 149 balls in the Hyderabad Cricket Stadium.