Rohit Sharma ‘touched by all the love’ a day after historic third ODI double hundred

first_imgRohit Sharma said he was still in a different zone a day after creating history with his third ODI double hundred. India’s stand-in captain smashed an unbeaten 208 as the hosts hammered Sri Lanka by 141 runs in the second ODI to draw level in the 3-match series.Rohit has two other double hundreds. His first, a polished 209 vs Australia in Bengaluru in 2013 had come in a series-decider while his second, a world-record 264 had been scored in a comeback match, also vs Sri Lanka in 2014.On Wednesday, Rohit, leading India for the second time had some pressure. After a crushing defeat in Dharamsala, India needed to win to stay alive in the series. After seeing off a tough passage of play on a cold and gloomy afternoon in Mohali, Rohit accelerated, first to get to his hundred in the 40th over. He then changed gears completely to bring up the second hundred in 36 balls as India finished with 392/4.WATCH FULL VIDEOA day after the stunning knock, Rohit tweeted to say it still felt like a dream.Touched by all the love pouring in! It still feels like a dream. Im just happy to have been able to register a win for our team and make our special day a little more special for the Mrs ??- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 14, 2017 After the match, Rohit had dedicated the double century to his wife Ritika Sajdeh, who watched her husband create history from the stands. The two previous double hundreds had come before Rohit had tied the knot with Ritika in December 2015.Explaining his ability to score double hundreds in ODIs, Rohit said there was no secret formula.advertisement”That is my style of play,” Rohit said in the post-match press briefing. “You are set and seeing the ball nice and hard and you have understood what the bowlers are trying to do by then, and it’s all about trying to play with the field once you get past 100. It’s all about you not making a mistake and getting out. I am not saying it’s impossible or difficult, but it’s very unlikely the bowlers are going to get you out once you have scored a hundred.””There is no secret or formula to it. You just have to bat and not make any mistake. The ground is good, the pitch is nice and hard, so you can trust the bounce and play the shots,” Rohit said.MUST WATCH: The Hitman @ImRo45 interview courtesy Head Coach @RaviShastriOfc in his style after the epic knock in Mohali. #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 14, 2017No man had scored a double hundred in one-day internationals up until 2010. As many as seven have been scored since and three of them belong to Rohit. The other four – Tendulkar, Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill have one each.last_img read more