Rohit reveals he scored his first double-century as he ignored Dhoni
In ODI cricket, where it is difficult to score a double century, India star opener Rohit Sharma has scored three double centuries alone. The first of which came in the very last match of the series against Australia in 2013.
Rohit played an innings of 209 off 158 balls, hitting the likes of Clint McKay, Nathan Coulter Nile, James Faulkner and Xavier Doherty. But if Rohit had listened to skipper MS Dhoni that day, he might not have scored a double century.
Rohit said this in a live chat with Ravichandran Ashwin about 7 years after that match. On that day, he had the opportunity to break the record of 219 runs of Virender Sehwag. But with 3 balls left in the innings, he returned with 209 runs with 12 fours and 16 sixes.
Recalling his first double century, Rohit said, “Honestly, I never thought I would be able to score a double century in ODIs. The wicket was helpful that day and the small boundary of Bangalore also helped.”
“I remember the game was stopped for 30 minutes after the start of the match due to rain. Shikhar (Dhawan) returned in the second over after the resumption. Then there was a misunderstanding with Kohli, he too was run out and went to the pavilion. I still don’t know who made the mistake. But then I realized that I had to play till the end and make a big total. There were a lot of runs in that series.”
Rohit made a huge partnership of 167 runs off just 94 balls with captain Dhoni. During that partnership, Dhoni repeatedly said to play slowly. But Rohit did not listen to him. And because he did not hear it, he was able to reach a double century. Otherwise this record might not have been possible.
Rohit said, “I remember when Dhoni came on the wicket, he kept telling me not to play big shots. Since I was a set batsman, he wanted to see me on the wicket for a long time. So risky shots were forbidden to play. But I realized the ball looked great at bat. So I can hit any bowler. I want and I start playing aggressively with that in mind.”
In that match, India added 151 runs in the last 10 overs. Rohit played 35 balls and scored 96 runs. At the end of the team’s 40 overs, his personal score was 123 off 113 balls. Rohit picked up a double century from there. India won the match by 57 runs.