Another day at work for Rohit Sharma: Flying kiss and an ODI double century

first_imgRohit Sharma celebrated his third double century in one day internationals and his wedding anniversary in style as his wife Ritika Sajdeh cheered on from the stands. Rohit, who hammered an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls, smashed his 16th hundred of his career.Rohit had got off to a poor start as India captain when he was dismissed for 2 in Dharamsala and then had to see his team go down by 7 wickets. However, he was in sublime form today and flew a kiss to his wife who was increasingly nervous as Rohit neared the milestone.Rohit has been in a sublime form this year and has already amassed over 1200 runs in the 50-over format in 2017.This was Rohit’s sixth ODI hundred of 2017 – the joint most with Virat Kohli, who is the leading run-scorer in the format.LIKE A BOSS! THIRD double century in ODIs. The first man to scale Mt.200 on three occasions in ODIs. Stand up and Salute @ImRo45 #TeamIndia #INDvSL BCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2017Rohit, standing in as India captain in Kohli’s absence, had a nightmarish time in Dharamsala. He was dismissed for 2 and India were bundled out for 112 before Sri Lanka romped home with seven wickets to spare.However, it was a different story on Wednesday as India fought back in typical style in Mohali on a flat pitch. He was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle.Rohit loves the Sri Lankan bowling attack – before this innings, he had hammered two hundreds in the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka and marked a Test comeback with a stylish century in Nagpur.advertisementRohit and Kohli have led India’s charge in ODIs this year. While Kohli is the leading run-scorer with 1460 runs, Rohit is a not too distant second in the list.Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.Rested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.last_img read more

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