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7 Facts from Rohit Sharma’s amazing 208

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Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

India bounced back emphatically after their poor performance in the 1st ODI, thumping Sri Lanka by 141 runs in the 2nd ODI in Mohali.

They were led by Rohit Sharma’s incredible double century, in just his second match as captain. Rohit Sharma wanted to make amends for India’s terrible batting performance in the Dharmasala, and Sri Lanka simply had no answers.

Here are seven facts from Rohit Sharma’s incredible innings:

Second ever double century by an ODI captain

After receiving criticism after the 1st ODI, Rohit Sharma had to respond in India’s must-win match. He responded incredibly, scoring the second ever double century in ODIs by a captain, after Virender Sehwag.
What was impressive is that he took the game by the scruff of the neck – by replacing Virat Kohli as India captain for this series, Rohit not only needed to display the necessary man management skills, but also the batting firepower that India will miss with Kohli rested. He delivered, and propelled India a near impossible total for Sri Lanka to chase.

Third double century in ODIs

Rohit Sharma reached his third double century in ODIs. 
No other player in history has more than one! Out of seven double centuries in ODI cricket, Rohit has three of them.
Out of seven double centuries in ODIs, Rohit has three.

Outright fourth on list of Indian ODI centurions

Rohit Sharma’s special 208 was his 16th ODI century, going past the very special Virender Sehwag in the process. Next in his sights is Sourav Ganguly, who scored 22 ODI hundreds.
Most ODI hundreds for India:
Sachin Tendulkar (49)
Virat Kohli (32)
Sourav Ganguly (22)
Rohit Sharma (16)

First hundred: 115 balls. Second hundred: 36 balls

Rohit Sharma’s first hundred was somewhat steady, reaching the mark in 115 balls. After that, he went crazy, hitting 11 sixes and 3 fours, and treated Sri Lanka as if it was a training session.

100 in the last 10 overs

Rohit Sharma is the second player in ODI history to have hit at least 100 on their own in the last 10 overs of an ODI innings on two occasions. AB De Villiers is the other player.
Sri Lanka has been the unfortunate opposition both times.

Most sixes in a calendar year for India

During his 208, Rohit Sharma went past Sachin Tendulkar in terms of the most sixes hit by an Indian batsman in a calendar year.
Rohit Sharma has now hit 45 sixes – 5 more than Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 40 in 1998.

17 years 

The last time an Indian opener scored at least six ODI centuries in a calendar year was Sourav Ganguly back in 2000. 
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A truly magnificent day for Rohit Sharma and India.
Can Sri Lanka somehow fight back in the deciding 3rd ODI? Will be hard to see considering Rohit pummeled Sri Lanka all over the park, which has surely impacted Sri Lanka psychologically as well.
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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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