The second India v New Zealand ODI on Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi will be a bit unique for one player – Rohit Sharma, for whom it’ll be his 150th game. Two of which are double-hundreds.
On the occasion of the 150th ODI of Rohit, here are five of his finest innings.
141* 123 balls off v Australia, 2013, Jaipur
India bounced back from defeat in the first of seven ODIs with a remarkable nine-wicket triumph chasing 360 with 39 deliveries staying. It was his first ODI hundred in three-and-a-half-years.
209 158 balls off v Australia, 2013, Bangalore
Rohit’s hit was amazing. He demolished the Australian bowling and started off in the sedate way to notch up his first fifty of 72 balls but teed off after that. After reaching his hundred the next 109 runs of Rohit needed just 44 balls. He hit a world record 16 sixes as he became the third Indian to score a double-century in ODIs after Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. This hit helped India win them and achieve 383 the seven-match ODI series 3-2.
264 173 balls off v Sri Lanka, 2014, Kolkata
Rohit, returning from shoulder and finger injuries that kept him out of international cricket for nearly two-and- a half months, smashed against the maximum individual score at Eden Gardens in ODI history. In all, he hit 33 fours and nine sixes.
137 126 balls off v Bangladesh, 2015, Melbourne
He thereby became the third visiting batsman to score two ODI centuries along with Sir Vivian Richards and David Gower, at the MCG as India went through to the semifinal.
99 108 balls off v Australia, 2016, Sydney
A hundred missed by one run. India had been defeated in four ODIs in a row but in the rubber that was dead they salvaged some pride with an anxious win with two balls remaining, ended with Manish Pandey’s maiden hundred. But before the youthful Karnataka batsman took the plaudits, Rohit had helped set a pursuit of 331. While Dhawan (78 off 56 balls) blazed away during an opening stand of 123, Rohit kept the tempo up and was guaranteed. Pandey and he put on 97 after Kohli neglected.