The game of cricket, with evolving around the shorter to shortest format in the course of time, the mental set up of batsmen has also been switched to dire hitting. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ওয়ানডেতে ত্রিপল সেঞ্চুরী সম্ভব!]
There was a time when a double hundred in a fifty over game seemed to be fantasied by cricket fans but now even an outrageous thought of making a triple hundred has also come into the light. It is, however, no one but Rohit Sharma, the constructer of most number of double tons in ODIs, who dreams of the possibility of thrashing a triple ton in a limited over game. “Anything is possible on a day when things go your way. 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’,” he said. “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,” Rohit said. “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,” Rohit added. “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,” he added. India’s little master Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar was the first batsman to hit a double hundred in fifty over match. he was just 200 not out against South Africa in 2010 breaking Saeed Anwar’s historic 194 off just 146 deliveries against arch rival India in 1997. Rohit Sharma also said, “After you score a century, it’s highly unlikely that bowlers will look to get you out as much as they’ll try to curb the run flow. It’s only if you commit a mistake that you’ll be walking back. Like in my case, after I reach a hundred, a potential out swinger is not what’s worrying me. I’m entering a zone from where only my mistake will allow me to fail.” The Mumbai borne batsman holds the record of highest score in ODI cricket that is 264 that he did against Sri Lanka in 2014. In 2017 calendar year, Sharma added 1293 runs. Apart from Sharma, West Indies’ master hitter Chris Gayle, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and India’s Virender Sehwag all scored respective double centuries in one day international cricket. India is now currently on tour to South Africa where they will play five limited over matches in their tour to South Africa after the three Test match series which will start from January 5 this year.