In a country where cricket is considered no less than a religion, India, quite understandably, has a knack of producing fine cricketing talents over the years. But, more than anything, the country has been pretty successful in nurturing young batsmen and turning them into batting greats, as they go on and rule international cricket.
We have the batting genius of Sachin Tendulkar ever since he made his international debut at a relatively younger age. Then, there is the flamboyance of Virender Sehwag that took international cricket by storm as he clobbered some of the best bowlers in the business, at that time, with disdain. And, in the modern era now, the fans are being treated to the masterclasses of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
If that's not enough, the fact that India is the only cricket-playing nation to have produced the most double centurions in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), pretty much sums up their contribution in providing fine batting talents to international cricket. The likes of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Rohit all have at least one double hundred to their name in ODIs.
But, it's Rohit who has managed to score three double hundreds in his illustrious career. Out of those, the biggest one, also a record-breaking knock came on 13th November, 2014 against a terrorised Sri Lankan bowling attack that found itself ducking for cover for the better part of the match.
On this day, exactly five years ago, Rohit set a jam-packed Eden Gardens on fire with an absolute blinder of a 264-run knock. His blazing innings broke Sehwag's long-standing record of the highest individual score in ODI history. The 'Nawab of Najafgarh' had scored 219 runs against West Indies in 2011.November 12, 2019
It was the fourth ODI of the five-match series during Sri Lanka's tour of India that saw the hosts coming out to bat first. Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane walked out in the middle to open the innings and the former was pretty lucky to survive a scare after Thisara Perera dropped him at a score of just four runs in the fifth over the game.
Given a second chance, the Mumbai batsman made the most of it as he reached his fifty in 72 balls. But, as his stay at the crease extended, so did Rohit's strike-rate. Reaching his brilliant hundred, Rohit also stitched a 202-run partnership with Kohli for the second wicket that set India perfectly for a massive total.November 13, 2019
Even when Kohli was run-out for 66, Rohit continued his carnage and reached his double hundred in 151 balls. His innings eventually came to an end at a staggering 173-ball 264 after he was caught on the final delivery of the Indian innings. But, by the time he was done, Rohit had slammed 33 fours and nine sixes as he powered India to an unbelievable total of 404 runs.
In reply, the Lankans proved no match to India's blitzkrieg. Despite fighting knocks from Angelo Mathews (75) and Lahiru Thirimanne (59), the visitors were bowled out for 251 runs, eventually losing the match by 153 runs. In the bowling department, Dhawal Kulkarni (4-34) was the pick of the Indian bowlers with the likes of Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny and Axar Patel all bagging two wickets apiece.