India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma on December 13 created a history after he became the first batsman on earth to score three double centuries in One Day Internationals. Rohit achieved this landmark during the second ODI match against Sri Lanka in Mohali. Rohit took 151 balls to register his name in the records book.
Coming into the match, the Mumbaikar was the only batsman to have hit two double tons. At the PCA Stadium in Mohali, Sharma played an unbeaten 153-ball 208, comprising 13 fours and 12 sixes.
Earlier, BCCI named Rohit Sharma captain of the Indian side for 3 ODIs and 3T20Is against Sri Lanka after permanent skipper Virat Kohli asked for a break from the International cricket.
Let’s have a look at his double century records:
Rohit’s first double ton was against Australia in 2013 in Bengaluru. In his 158-ball 209, the Mumbai right-hander also made a world record of 16 sixes.
One year later, Rohit went on to score another double century. This time it was against Sri Lanka. Rohit scored 264 in 2014 at Eden Gardens, making him the highest individual ODI scorer.
After three years on December 13, 2017, Rohit led from the front with his third ODI double century to help India post a mammoth 392/4 against Sri Lanka in the second ODI at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium. During the course, Rohit also became the first captain to score a double century in white-ball cricket.
The flow of emotions when Rohit scored his 3rd ODI double ton! https://t.co/fTWWIQ4I0L
— Faizal Khan (@faizalkhanm9) December 13, 2017
A captain’s knock. @ImRo45 has looked in full flow and has marched on to a well-made century. ODI Century no. 16 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/qWtwNpp7dr
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017
Making his ODI debut in 2007 against Ireland, Rohit is behind Virender Sehwag in terms of highest individual scores by captains in ODIs. Sehwag had scored 219 against West Indies in 2011.