Rohit Sharma shares a love affair with Eden Gardens. The flamboyant batsman made his Test debut in Kolkata and went on to make a century against West Indies. Sharma also became the first batsman in the history of One-Day cricket to score two double centuries and also registered the highest individual score in the 50-over format at the same ground.
Sharma record-breaking and breathtaking innings of 264 came off just 173 balls which included 33 fours and 9 sixes. It becomes a difficult task to stop someone like Rohit Sharma once he gets going and the Sri Lankan team were at the receiver’s end of Sharma’s carnage.
Didn’t sleep properly
We should also not forget the role of Robin Uthappa in Rohit Sharma’s colossal knock. Uthappa kept giving the strike to the opener and he made full use of his hitting capabilities. A batsman needs a bit of luck on his side when he plays an innings like Sharma did in 2014 and the right-hander had some fortune on his side.
Rohit Sharma said that he didn’t sleep properly before the match as he said while talking on BCCI.TV, “I am here at the historic Eden Gardens where a lot happened in my life on 13th of November 2014. I still remember clearly what all happened that day. Prior to the match, I was very nervous as I didn’t sleep properly. Five-six hours of sleep is never a good idea before a big game. I didn’t start my day on a good day. If you don’t have a proper sleep, it messes up things. I moved on from that, came to the ground and I can still remember doing warm-ups, taking a few catches before the start.”
He took his time initially.
Sharma likes to take his time at the beginning of his innings and that day it was not any different as he reached his fifty from 73 balls. The next 100 balls produced 214 runs and it was definitely a career-defining innings for him.
The Indian deputy added, “I was very nervous as I was waiting for the toss to happen and Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. I also remember walking out of the home pavilion with thousands of fans cheering and waiting for the team to do well. It was a wonderful set-up to walk out. I was just thinking about how it is going to pan out. I walked out into the middle, played a lot of balls, took my time at the start and I can still remember that I scored my first fifty off 74 balls (73 balls actually).”
After reaching 100, Rohit catapulted his attack.
Rohit Sharma was in the groove that day and he cashed in after making his 100. The Indian team was able to reach 404 and it was always going to be a one-way traffic after that. Sharma kept playing his shots and most of them came off well for him. It seemed that he only had the sweet part of his blade hitting the ball.
The Indian opener added, “As soon as I got to my 100, it was all about me making mistakes and getting out. I kept telling myself that I can bat as long as possible and try to get as many runs as possible. I kept batting and didn’t try to hit too many shots. As the outfield is really fast here, I was just trying to find gaps and hit the ball through that. I continued to bat and eventually, I got to that 264 score and we ended up scoring 404. After the game got over, I went to the hotel and slept well. It was a memorable day in my life and I cannot forget that. Yes, it is a historic ground and for me, it is a memorable one as it gave me a lot of memories to cherish”.
It was an unbelievable knock from the sweetest timer of the cricket ball and it is believed that his record of 264 runs is going to stay intact for a long time but with the game-changing so drastically, we never know what we may witness any given day.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 13, 2017