After three double tons, Rohit Sharma optimistic of a triple century in ODIs
"I know how to do it" - Rohit Sharma.
Updated - Jan 2, 2018 4:17 pm
The latest Indian cricketer to don the captaincy reigns, Rohit Sharma enjoyed a scintillating 2017 with the bat. Taking charge of the captaincy duties for the first time ever, Rohit led the Men in Blue to comprehensive victories in the limited overs leg during the series against Sri Lanka. With the bat as well, the 30-year-old was impeccable as he entered the record books with some sublime innings.
Earlier during the ODI leg against the Islanders, the talismanic right-hander scored a historic third double hundred to guide India to a comprehensive victory in the 2nd ODI in Mohali. Rohit is the only cricketer to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen who have achieved a double century in ODIs are Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – with only one each.
Rohit has achieved the feat not once, not twice but thrice. The Mumbai batsman also holds the record of scoring most runs in an ODI innings which is 264. The 30-year old batsman wreaked havoc at Sri Lankan bowlers in 2014 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata to flirt around the triple ton mark in ODIs.
Rohit opens up about the possibilities of scoring a triple
In a recent interview to Times of India, Rohit did not rule out the chances of a triple century in ODI as he said, “I was asked after scoring 264 was if I could’ve touched 300. In T20s too, you score a hundred and the question is if a 200 is possible. I want to keep telling them, ‘guys please relax’. Only 36 runs separate a 264 and 300, so what’s the big deal? That’s how it’s seen. In my mind, I can understand where they’re coming from. But, on a personal front, I never think like that.”
He added, “If you’re playing on a good (batting) pitch, take advantage. If you’re playing on a challenging track, take your time. Simple. The only difference is that because I’ve done it thrice (200+), I know how to do it also. So the only advantage I perhaps enjoy is that I’ve been there thrice. But let me tell you one thing: If you are a top order batsman and you continue to bat with the mindset that you’ve got to stay there for the entire 50 overs, anything is possible on a day when things go your way.”