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More to come: Rohit Sharma promises more double hundreds for Team India

Written by Vipin Darwade

It was 3 years ago on this day that India batsman Rohit Sharma hit a 3rd ODI double century, becoming the first and only batsman to achieve this feat. It was at PCA-IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on December 13, 2017 that Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka.

On Saturday, as Star Sports tweeted about the achievement, Rohit Sharma replied with a simple message, ‘More to Come’.

The level of his achievement is such that no other player has been able to replicate it apart from Rohit Sharma and there are a total of just 8 double centuries in ODI cricket.

In a famous match in Gwalior, Sachin Tendulkar became the first in men’s cricket history to reach the double hundred in ODI cricket when he hit an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in February 2010.

Pakistan batsman Saeed Anwar’s long-standing ODI record of 194 that he hit against India in Chennai, way back in 1997, was broken that day.

Sachin Tendulkar’s innings on that fateful February day in 2010, opened the flood-gates. His opening partner Virender Sehwag went on to better the record by scoring 219 against the West Indies in Indore the following year.

The next two double centuries in ODI cricket were from the Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma. He first scored a 209 against Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in November 2013.

Exactly a year later, he followed it up with what is still the highest ODI score ever made, a 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (215), New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill (237*) and Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman (210*) are the only other batsmen to hit double centuries.

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