IPL 2015: Rohit Sharma’s love affair with Eden Gardens continues; becomes second batsman after Suresh Raina to surpass 3000-run mark in IPL

It’s a ground that Mumbai Indians’ skipper simply loves and his affair continues. In 2012, Rohit scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) hundred at Eden Gardens against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and not long back in 2013, he was awarded his Test cap at the very venue. He scored a brilliant hundred on his debut and in November 2014; he went on to be the World Record holder when he smacked 264 in a One-Day International (ODI) game against Sri Lanka. (Read: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians at Kolkata, pick of the tweets)

On Wednesday, Rohit almost scored the first hundred of the eighth edition of the IPL in the tournament opener against defending champions KKR. Rohit remained two short of the milestone as he remained unbeaten on 98 and take Mumbai Indians to 168, whereas at one time they were reeling at 37 for three in the sixth over.

His knock came from 65 balls and contained 12 boundaries and four maximums. He was ably supported by Corey Anderson, as the duo added 131 runs from 88 balls for the fourth wicket. Anderson was unbeaten on 55 from 41 balls. Rohit also became the second player after Chennai Super King’s (CSK) Suresh Raina to surpass 3000 runs in IPL. Earlier winning the toss KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir invited MI to bat.