India's 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma turns 33. Let's relive his three double tons in ODIs
Rohit, popularly known as the 'Hitman' made his ODI debut on June 23, 2007, but the batsman came into his known once he became the full-fledged opener in the limited formats
As the ace cricketer Rohit Sharma turns 33 today, let us go down the memory lane and relive the three double tons scored by the right-handed batsman in the ODI format.
Rohit, popularly known as the 'Hitman' made his ODI debut on June 23, 2007, but the batsman came into his known once he became the full-fledged opener in the limited formats.
Opening the batting, Rohit played his natural game and dominated the bowling attacks from the very start of his innings.
It is a testament to Rohit's aggressive batting abilities that the batsman has three double tons to his name in the ODI format.
Now, let's relive Rohit's three double tons in the 50-over format.
209 vs Australia, Bengaluru, 2013
Batting first, Rohit was slow off the mark and he took his time in building the innings. However, as soon as he got the scheme of things, Rohit started to go after the spin bowlers and in no time went past the 100-run mark. After reaching his century, he shifted gears and went on to bring up his first double century in ODIs. He went on to play a knock of 209 off just 158 balls. This innings helped India post 383 runs on the board, and the effort helped the side win the match by 57 runs.
264 vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata, 2014
Rohit went on to score 264 runs off just 173 balls against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata and this knock remains the highest score by any batsman in the 50-over format to date. The 32-year-old was given a reprieve when he was just on a score of four runs, and the batsman went on to make the most of it as he scored 260 more runs to make the Sri Lankan bowlers toil on the field.
208 vs Sri Lanka, Mohali, 2017
Batting first, Rohit Sharma went on play a knock of 208 runs off just 153 balls to take the Men in Blue's score to 392/4. The right-handed batsman's innings was studded with 13 fours and 12 sixes. This effort helped India win the match by 141 runs.
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Rohit Sharma finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer after registering 648 runs from just nine matches at an average of 81.00.
During the tournament, he had also become the first batsman to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
Rohit, who is now the vice-captain of the ODI team, has played 224 ODIs, 108 T20Is and 32 Tests so far.
The limited-overs vice-captain has so far scored 14,029 runs across all formats.
In the longest format, he has also reinvented himself as the batsman started opening the batting in Test cricket last year.
Rohit would have been in action for the Mumbai Indians had the Indian Premier League (IPL) commenced from March 29.
However, the tournament has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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