On December 13, 2017, India’s deputy skipper in limited-overs, Rohit Sharma hammered an unbeaten 208, his third ODI double century, against Sri Lanka at PCA-IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. He is the only batsman in the history of ODIs to achieve the remarkable feat of scoring three double centuries in One Day cricket.
Rohit had slammed his first 200+ score in 2013 during a match against Australia in Bengaluru. This was followed by the opener scoring his highest ODI score, 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2014. His last ODI double century was in 2017 which was also his first score of 100-plus as an ODI skipper. Since 2017, the Indian fans are eager to witness another stunning 200+ score from the Hitman.
On the third anniversary of his third double century in ODIs, the Mumbai Indians skipper promised his fans that he would be producing more spectacular 200+ innings from his bat in the near future.
To celebrate Rohit’s 208-run score against Sri Lanka, the official Twitter handle of Star Sports had tweeted, “#OnThisDay in 2017: Sharmaji ka beta aced a test which would be out-of-syllabus for most people – a 3rd 200 in ODIs for Rohit ‘Hitman’ Sharma” Taking note of this tweet, reacting to the post, the Indian opening batsman wrote, “More to come.”
More to come 😊
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 13, 2020
Playing in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, India had missed the services of their skipper Virat Kohli and thus Rohit Sharma was essaying the role of the stand-in captain. India had lost the first game by 7 wickets and thus had to register a victory in the second ODI on December 13, 2017 to keep the series alive.
Batting first, Rohit Sharma got off to a slow start as he brought up his century in 115 runs. However, after that Rohit started to up the ante as he scored the last 100 runs in just 36 deliveries. The opener finished with unbeaten 208 runs from 153 balls with the help of 12 maximums and 13 boundaries.
Rohit Sharma’s scintillating knock helped the men in blue in posting a mammoth total of 392 on the board in 50 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka could only muster 251/8 in 50 overs and the hosts won the match by 141 runs.