New rules or old rules, two news balls or one, four fielders on the boundary or five, batting tracks or bowling tracks, batting at home or away. Nothing can take anything away from the innings that Rohit Sharma played to light up Bangalore on Diwali eve: 209 runs, second highest ODI score, world record of 16 sixes, 12 fours and a hunger that only looks to be growing.
His first 50 came off 71 balls, the next 50 off 43 and the last 109 runs off just 44. Nothing can better describe how he accelerated. When Rohit smacked his 11th six, he broke MS Dhoni's record of most sixes in an ODI by an Indian. Then came six No. 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, which broke the world record held by Shane Watson.
"It is a wonderful feeling," he said about his marathon knock that made him just the third batsman after Virender Sehwag (219) and Sachin Tendulkar (200) to get an ODI double hundred. Here's what Twitter said about him.
File photo of Rohit Sharma celebrating after scoring a hundred in the second ODI at Jaipur. (BCCI)
now that it has sunk in, that innings from @imRo45 was special, just stretched our imagination a bit more— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 2, 2013
Rohit Sharma has been a spectacular start to Diwali in Bangalore! The kites in the skies above are all watching now!— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) November 2, 2013
Todays innings from @ImRo45 and India was the equivalent of sledging without saying a single word!— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) November 2, 2013
rohit sharma was 120 in 126 balls when he was dropped by moises henriques -ended up with 209 in 158 balls-mate, you just dropped the series?— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravCNNIBN) November 2, 2013
Rohit Sharma 3rd player to make odi double hundred. See the Aussie bowlers have been economical again.— simon hughes (@cricketanalyst) November 2, 2013