Kolkata: Rohit Sharma was a name on everyone's lips at the Eden Gardens yesterday. And for good reason. For, not often does a batsman help himself to a double century in one-day international cricket.
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Rohit's 264 in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka here yesterday may cause the publisher of a recently-released book on the Eden Gardens to update his edition fairly quickly. Such is the significance of this knock.
Rohit Sharma celebrates his ton at Eden Gardens
mid-day spoke to these former stars on Rohit's ODI innings of a lifetime:
Who says Diwali has gone? Rohit Sharma dished out some fireworks with his bat. It was a fascinating innings. It looked as if he had a Midas touch.
People might say this was not a great attack and the Sri Lankans were 0-3 down but nobody can take away any credit from Rohit. He batted like a champ and don't forget he was making a comeback.
Eden Gardens has another batting hero. After Mohammed Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, Rohit is the most successful batsman here.
Where will the bowlers pitch the ball now? I feel sorry for all the bowlers in the world because a batsman has reached 264. Rohit has proved now that 300 is well within reach.
It was a champion innings by a champion batsman. He mesmerised the Eden Gardens with his lazy elegance.