Rohit Sharma plunders his first ODI double ton

When Sachin Tendulkar scored the first ever double hundred in One-Day International (ODI) cricket in 2010 against South Africa, his record was expected to remain unbroken for a long time in the record books. But then came India’s most feared opening batsman Virender Sehwag who broke his mammoth record in a span of over a year. Now, the question was who will be the next double centurion in ODIs and Rohit Sharma answered it with elan, when he scored his maiden double hundred against Australia in Bengaluru.

On this day, in 2013, in the 7th and deciding ODI of the series, Rohit slammed a double ton. Till then, both India and Australia had won two matches each. In the final match, Indian openers started off pretty well with a hundred run partnership. After Shikhar Dhawan got out, Virat Kohli came in but was run out after facing just three balls because of a misunderstanding between him and Rohit. From there on, Rohit carried the entire innings on his shoulders and completed his century in virtually no time. After completing his hundred, Rohit went berserk and started hitting each Australian bowler out of the park. During his unstoppable run, he soon went past the record of Tendulkar and became the third player to score a double hundred in an ODI match.

Kohli, who was very frustrated after getting run out in a bizarre way, applauded Rohit after his double century. Throughout his innings, he bludgeoned 12 boundaries and 16 huge sixes. His 209 helped India post a massive total of 383 in the match. In reply, half of the Aussie team went back to pavilion with the score reading 132 and victory was looking just a formality for India. But some magnificent batting and clean striking from James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Shane Watson gave India quite a scare. Faulkner was the second centurion of the match, as he made 116 off just 73 balls. Maxwell got a blazing 60 from 22 and Watson managed 49 off 22. India sealed the match by 57 runs and series 3-2. Rohit was also adjudged the Player of the Series.

A year later, Rohit broke his own record of 209 by scoring 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens.