Rohit Sharma on Wednesday, while batting against Sri lanka in the 2nd ODI, became the first batsman to hit three double centuries in one-day internationals as he powered his team to 392-4.
The opener was captaining his side in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. After losing the toss, Rohit smashed 12 sixes and 13 fours in his unbeaten knock of 208.
Sharma reached the historic milestone in the 50th over, bowled by opposition skipper Thisara Perera. His first hundred came off 115 balls, and his second off just 36 balls.
Rohit’s double against Sri Lanka today was his 3rd career double hundred. The right-hander scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore in 2013, and followed that double-hundred with his highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka a year later in Kolkata.
Martin Guptill (New Zealand), Virender Sehwag (India), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Sachin Tendulkar (India) are the other batsmen who have scored a double hundred in their career but none of them has done so more than once.
Sri Lanka, while chasing in the 2nd ODI, lost their way and couldn’t chase the huge target. India, eventually won the match and Rohit Sharma was declared man of the match.