Cricket greats raise a toast to Rohit Sharma's feat at Eden Gardens

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
Rohit Sharma celebrates his ton at Eden Gardens 

mid-day spoke to these former stars on Rohit's ODI innings of a lifetime:

Kapil Dev
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.

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Sanjay Manjrekar
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.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar 

Arun Lal
Eden Gardens has another batting hero. After Mohammed Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, Rohit is the most successful batsman here.

Shoaib Akhtar
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.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar 

Sunil Gavaskar
It was a champion innings by a champion batsman. He mesmerised the Eden Gardens with his lazy elegance.

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