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It was a comeback game for Rohit Sharma. Having sustained a finger-injury in the England tour in August 2014, Rohit spent a good three months out of the national side. He had a point to prove and he did. Moving to Rohit’s favourite hunting ground in Eden Gardens, Kolkata (where he had earlier scored a hundred on Test debut and a hundred in the Indian Premier League), India had already secured the One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka with three wins in as many games. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and expectedly batted first on a track that looked to be a batsman’s paradise.

A few hours later, he found out that it was exactly that. Rohit opening the batting made a comeback none will forget. November 13, 2014, saw history being made, as Rohit smashed the highest-ever individual ODI score. It was his second ODI double hundred and this time he surpassed Virender Sehwag’s 219, and also the all-time ODI record of 229 at the time, set by woman cricketer Belinda Clark in 1997, as he went on to score 264.

What was incredible was the fact that he scored his 50 from 72-balls, 100 from 100-balls, 150 from 125-balls, 200 from 153-balls and 250 from 166-balls. He hit a total of nine sixes and struck 33 boundaries, as his 264 came from 173-balls. India put up 404 on the board and beat Sri Lanka by 153 runs. The entire Sri Lankan side folded for 251 i.e. 13-runs less than what Rohit had scored. Read more on Rohit Sharma’s 264