Rohit Sharma holds the record for the maximum individual score (264) in the One Day Internationals and it is a colossal record as there are only 300 balls in the 50 overs. The Indian deputy is also the only batsman to score two double hundreds in the One-Day form. Only five batsmen have thus far succeeded in scoring double hundreds in the 50-overs form, three of which are Indians.
Rohit Sharma said that after he played the record trembling knock of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014, people are expecting him to score 300. In fact, Rohit revealed that Duncan Fletcher who was the coach of the team when he played that breathtaking inning, told Rohit that he could have gone on to score a triple century had he not started his innings on a slow note.
Hard to pick which double hundred was more special.
Obviously, both the double centuries are enclosed in a special corner of Rohit Sharma’s heart and it is difficult for him to say which one was better. 209 had come against the mighty Australians in the series decider which was a series full of high scores and the 264 against Sri Lanka had come against Sri Lanka when he was making a comeback into the team after a finger injury.
Rohit Sharma said while talking to Gaurav Kapoor in his chat show Breakfast with Champions, “I am very confused. It is a classy question but I have no answer to that question. 209 happened in a series decider when the team was in a bad situation.
Shikhar Dhawan got out early and Virat Kohli was run out soon after. I was under a lot of pressure. The situation was like, ‘if I don’t score runs, the team will lose the series’. Scores in that tournament were 350-400. I had to score to get our team to a decent total which is 350-plus.
I was batting in the middle and I know how the wicket is. I understood that if we don’t score so many runs, it might be tricky for us. That innings had 16 sixes, which is a world record before our Mr. 360 (AB de Villiers) equalled it when he played against West Indies the next year”.
Duncan Fletcher told Rohit that he could have easily scored a triple.
Rohit Sharma scored 264 off just 173 balls against Sri Lanka which included 33 boundaries and 9 sixes. Interestingly, Rohit had scored his fifty in 73 balls as he initially took his time to get settled and the rest 100 balls produced 214 runs for him as he decided to catapult his assault.
The Indian deputy added, “After that innings, I got to know that I scored 33 boundaries. There were instances when the entire team scored less than 33 fours and I alone managed to score that in that innings. I was so happy for that innings as I came back after three months from my finger injury.
I was so nervous that I even told Ritika (his wife), ‘I don’t know how to approach the game’. Somehow, I managed to spend some time in the middle and got a lot of confidence. After the match, our coach Duncan Fletcher told me that I could have easily scored a 300 if not for the slow start I had. I asked him, ‘Duncan bhai, Is 264 less for you?’ (laughs)”.
Indian fans’ expectations are always sky high.
The Indian opener admitted that fans expect a lot from him as he is regularly asked that when he is scoring his 300 in the One-Day form. Rohit jokingly said that he will try to score a triple ton. The Indian fans expect a lot from Rohit and the level of expectations has reached sky high after his 264.
Rohit concluded, “Now, whenever I go out to bat, people want a 300 from me. Whenever I field in the deep, at the airport, people keep asking me ‘when are you going to score 300?’. Is scoring 300 like just pick up something and eating it? In India, that is the expectation.
That shows India as a country will never stop expecting more from you. It is completely acceptable because that’s what you want and you try to live up to the expectation all the time. Having said that, I will try (scoring 300)”.
Rohit Sharma can demolish any bowling line-up when he is on song. Notably, one needs a bit of luck when he plays a massive inning like that of Rohit. 264 is a big mountain of runs but 300 is going to be like the Mt. Everest, obviously difficult but remember it has been conquered especially keeping in mind the game is being played these days.