Leading from the front, stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma slammed his third double century in ODIs on Wednesday during the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka. Sharma scored an unbeaten double century as India scored 392 for 4 at the PCA cricket stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh.
The right-handed batsman sent the Sri Lankan bowlers on a leather hunt and became the first player on the planet to cross the 200-run mark thrice in ODIs. In the process, he surpassed multiple records as India set a target of 393 runs. Sharma ended his innings on an unbeaten 208, thereby becoming the second captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket.
He scored the coveted double off 151 balls in grand style in the final over of India’s innings. In his brilliant knock, he hit 13 fours and 12 sixes.
While his performance speaks all about him, here are six interesting facts about Rohit Sharma that you should not miss:
- Rohit Sharma can fluently converse in four languages — English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu
- Like many cricketers, Rohit Sharma did not want to become a batsman. He began his career as an Off-Spinner. But his coach Dinesh Lad noticed Rohit’s potential with the bat and transformed him into a batsman
- Rohit Sharma’s parents could not afford to pay his school fees. So, he was given a scholarship in his school just because of his cricketing ability.
- Rohit Sharma was the first Indian to score a hundred in T20s when he scored one for Mumbai against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. He scored 101 not out off 45 balls with 13 fours and five sixes.
- Rohit Sharma is an ardent fan of Manchester United
- Rohit Sharma is the 2nd Indian to score a century in a knock-out match in ICC World Cup history. First to do so was Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2003