Sourav Ganguly lauds Rohit Sharma for his consistency in registering double hundreds

Sourav Ganguly lauds Rohit Sharma for his consistency in registering double hundreds

The Hitman, like a true gentleman, dedicated his record third double ton in ODIs to his wife and thanked her for her constant support. How times have changed and also how Rohit has changed! You have to use your brain and time the ball.

He has the talent but there is a thin line between being talented and being successful. From the time he made his debut till 2012, Rohit's average of 30.43 was the lowest among all the Indian players who scored 1000-plus runs in ODIs. A similar incident happened during the warm-up match between India A and England in January and was then repeated in the Vijay Hazare Trophy later in the year.

"And this one again, having had a loss in the first game we wanted to come back as a batting unit really hard". Only Hashim Amla has hit more centuries than him since he has become India's regular opener in ODI cricket.

The first such instance of penalising the fielding team occurred this September just days after the law came into effect when Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland was found guilty of teasing the Cricket Australia XI batsman Param Uppal. He is the only wicketkeeper to get 100 global stumpings. De Villiers hit 58 sixes in 2015 while Shahid Afridi hit 48 sixes in 2002.

After his Nagpur innings, Rohit said how much the century meant to him. "The last five six months that has been the mindset", said Rohit.

List of Double Centuries in ODI Cricket Matches: Rohit Sharma Scores 208Sri Lanka! He hit sixes galore, playing lap sweeps to the quick bowlers and even the late dabs, when the Lankan bowlers started bowling low full-tosses outside the off stump.

India piled up 392 runs in Mohali primarily because their top three players stepped up and did not squander a good start, kicking on to compile significant scores.

"That is my style of play", Rohit told reporters.

However, Sri Lanka too need to believe that they can put up a more resilient fight on Sunday and clinch the series, which will be a massive boost for the team, especially after a horrendous year in coloured clothing. Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner have also hit same no. of 150-plus scores as Rohit.

After making his debut in the shorter form of the game in 2007, Rohit was hailed as the biggest thing to come out of Mumbai since Sachin Tendulkar, with his elegant batting style and ability to hit big shots seemingly easily.