Till last week, cricket fanatics were busy counting the records created by Virat Kohli as captain, his ODI tons and test double centuries. All of a sudden Virat married the love of his life and the whole world was happy wishing the star couple!
Here is wishing the Cricket Superman Virat Kohli a happy married life and his Lois Lane “Anushka”!
India was about to meet SL in Mohali for second ODI after a terrible record defeat. SL demolished the new Indian batting order in the absence of Kohli and Rahane.
But the new Indian ODI skipper Hitman made outstanding batting innings in 2nd ODI that this Sri Lankan team would be afraid to make India bat the first innings if they have won the toss in any cricketing format.
Following the first ODI win against India in this ODI series in which SL won the toss and choose to bowl first, they again won the toss for the second time and made India bat the first innings.
They forgot the first test match against India in the last test series in which India bounced back after a weakening start and feared Sri Lanka with their skills to draw the match which they thought would win easily. The whole world praised Virat’s captaincy and added that Indian player’s performance was astounding and only a number one test team can make this massive come back.
Indian skippers/players have a very bad habit of defeating the opposing team in a very crucial manner if they showed their game. If Aussies are an expert in sledging during the game, I would say Indian cricketers are expert in exposing their talent on the fields.
We would never forget Yuvraj smashing 6 sixes in an over for the first time in a T20I in Stuart Broad’s over after having a dispute with Andrew Flintoff at the end of last over.
As a kid, I witnessed the Indian Bengal Tiger “Dada” waving his jersey defeating the British in the mighty Lord’s stadium and it is one of India’s greatest cricket moments in history.
As a teenager, I witnessed the world’s best captain MS Dhoni who keeps on getting cool after every win.
He is the first captain to kiss the inaugural ICC WC-T20 Trophy and also the first captain to grab both WC trophies – ODI & T20, thus making team India the first team that has grabbed all three WC trophies (60 over, 50 over, and 20 over)
At each situation, India has produced talented cricket captain who is very special in their way of playing the game and approach towards the game.
Now we all are witnessing the Chasing Expert also known as Run Machine grabbing trophies for the nation and working hard to make India stand first in all three formats of ICC ranking.
Whenever Kohli enters the ground he wouldn’t leave the field without creating a new record or breaking the old ones. He even digs out old records and breaks them which are created almost 7 decades ago.
Creating records as a batsman and as skipper, making tons in ODI, and creating double tons in the test are his recent hobbies!
People say he is in thirst for runs, but I think he is in thirst for arranging trophies for his nation!
When SL chooses to bowl first, they forgot Rohit’s 264 against SL on 13th Nov 2014.
Till now his highest ODI score of 264 runs is unbeaten! Further to this he also scored yet another double ton in an ODI against Aussies in 2013 which also happened in November month. He registered his name first in the book of batsman who made more than one double ton!
The first batsman to open the record book of scoring a double ton (ODI) is none other than the God of Cricket, “Sachin Tendulkar”. The Master Blaster was also the first batsman to remain not out after his maiden double ton. His biopic “Sachin – A Billion Dreams” was made under his banner name “200 Not Out” Productions!
The second batsman to register the name in this list was Sachin’s opening batsman partner Virender Sehwag, becoming the first Captain to score a double ton!
Rohit became the third Indian and cricketer to register his name in this legendary book of scoring ODI double ton, but nevertheless, we knew that he will add his name again for the second time the very next year.
Forget about test cricket runs because score a century or double ton is not a big thing because you will get more overs and lot more time.
When it comes to the white ball, scoring runs becomes crucial.
Scoring 50 runs in an ODI is somewhat easy but not very easy one. Converting a half-century to a century is not as easy as compared to making a half-century.
Sachin is the only cricketer to have 100 centuries comprising of 51 test tons and 49 ODI tons. Making ODI century is a big milestone for every cricketer. After the introduction of T20I players are keen on making a T20I century to show their batting skills. But still, the madness for making an ODI ton is damn high and has become toughened in the years due to the variety of bowling techniques shown by the bowlers!
And there is still some batsman like Virat Kohli who makes an ODI ton as a daily activity.
But when it comes to making a double ton, it’s a mammoth thing for even the world’s best batsman. Only 5 batsmen have scored double hundred in ODI. Among them, one is Rohit Sharma who has reached this height three times.
Rohit was made as the Indian ODI Team Captain for the first time because Kohli was given rest. It is definitely a disheartening day when India lost to SL in the first ODI! In fact, Dhoni and Kohli started their maiden Captaincy with a loss. But it’s all part of the sport.
The SL captain won the toss again and opted to bowl by keeping in mind the previous victory. This time he misjudged the Indian batting order and Rohit’s captaincy talent. But Sri Lanka learnt a lesson not to judge Indians with the play of a single inning. At the post-match presentation, the SL skipper Thisara Perera appreciated Rohit’s marvellous batting.
This became Rohit’s first century in Mohali beating the highest score in this ground by Kohli (154*) in New Zealand tour of India at Chandigarh on Oct 23, 2016.
The second wedding anniversary day for Rohit has turned into his first win as Indian Skipper and the day he made a double century for the third time.
He played hard with his bat to make a double ton and a win for his team. But he was damn lucky that his wife witnessed him enjoying with the bat and made his first double ton after their marriage and winning the game along the cheering Mohali crowd who was enjoying the sixer rain of Indian batsman.
Many men can’t even dream of scoring a double ton in ODI and no wife in the universe can get a better gift than her husband making a double century on their wedding anniversary that too witnessing with the naked eyes on the stands!
In the post-match presentation, he said he dedicates this double century to his wife, but was happier playing as an opening batsman and making the team reach a higher total and next to that only he enjoyed the win as a captain!
These are some of the charts Rohit wrote his name before hitting his third double ton!
When Rohit scored his maiden double ton (209) against the Aussie he made 16 sixers and 12 boundaries. He became the first India batsman to top the most number of six (16) in ODI sharing the spot with the Proteas’ ABD and Windies’ Gayle, who both play under Virat’s captaincy for RCB in the IPL!
He also tops the chart for making the highest number of fours (33) in ODI while opposing the Lankans and scored his ODI highest 264 at India’s home of cricket, the “Eden Gardens” Kolkata. The second place is shared by the Indian ex-opening duo Sachin and Sehwag who smashed 25 boundaries when they both scored their first and only double ton!
No one expected that India would provide such a massive target for the Lankans to chase after the first over was made maiden by the skipper Rohit.
The Indian Gabbar Dhawan was caught for 68 runs while attempting to hit the ball hard. The opening duo Dhawan and Rohit made 115 runs off 127 balls and Rohit didn’t even make his half-century at that time!
The new player Shreyas Iyer teamed with Rohit making a 213 runs partnership for the second wicket!
Rohit has four 200+ run partnership with Kohli. Three times for 2nd wicket pair and one time in 2014 for 3rd wicket pair.
All the four 200+ run partnership of Rohit and another batsman for the second wicket pair came in 2016 & 2017! The Mumbai Indian player Shreyas made his International ODI debut in the previous match and got out for 9.
But in this match, he paired up with his IPL skipper and made a 213 partnership off just 146 balls. Shreyas missed his maiden century by short of 12 runs was caught when he tried to hit the ball for a boundary!
The moment when the IPL rivalry CSK and MI fans enjoyed the most was when Dhoni came in as number 4 and he enjoyed Rohit making sixers! He got LBW soon. But the Mohali crowd witnessed a huge sixer by the Helicopter shot maker MS Dhoni. Then came Rohit’s another IPL mate Hardik Pandya, who has become a specialist if hitting hat-trick sixers in the recent times. In this match, he made only a boundary and was caught the last ball of the innings while trying for a sixer.
Mohali fans enjoyed the sixer and boundary rain by the Indian batsman’s while the social media caught fire of making memes, trolls and wishing Rohit’s most impressive batting. He got shifted to sports gear when he reached a century and took only 36 balls to convert his it into a double century, while he took 115 balls to reach 100!
Rohit completed his 50 runs with a four, 100 runs by running two runs, 150 by hitting a sixer, and finally 200 by running a single! He kissed the ring finger after making 100, 200 and showed to his wife!
He smashed a six to make India cross the 300 runs mark!
No batsman made mistake themselves to lose the wicket, everyone got out when trying to make a bigger shot! Dhawan, Shreys, Pandya was caught while attempting for a six and Dhoni was given LBW when trying to hit a sixer!
All the 5 Indian batsmen have made at least one four or one six in this innings!
Rohit has partnered with both Dhawan and Kohli providing twelve 100+runs partnership and nine 50+runs partnership with each partner.
India has scored 390+ runs in 6 instances so far (418, 413, 412, 404, 401, 392) .
This innings’ 392 run is the seventh highest total for India and became the highest total (ODI) of 2017 so far!
In 2017 Indian cricket team has 10 matches with 300+ runs levelling England’s first position.
In 1996, India was the last team among the top 8 cricket team to score 300+ ODI runs.
It took 283 ODI for India to reach first 300+ ODI runs. India’s first 300+ score was 305 for five against Pakistan in Sharjah in April 1996.
Now the “Men in blue” are the first to make 100 ODI matches with 300+ plus team total, becoming the first to achieve the feat, Australis stands second (96) on the list!
Out of these 100 matches, 46 came from home, secondly comes South Africa with 44 matches with 300+ total at home.
Rohit made his first double ton under Dhoni’s captaincy, second under Virat’s and third under his own! After scoring this third double ton the Indian opener registered his name in many record books.
1) Rohit tops the list for most sixes (ODI) in a calendar year for India – 45*
Rohit – 45* (2017)
Sachin – 41 (1998)
Ganguly – 35 (2000)
Dhoni – 34 (2005)
2) He created a record of scoring 150+ run in 5 years consecutively.
2013 – 209 vs AUS
2014 – 264 vs SL
2015 – 150 vs SA
2016- 171 vs AUS
2017 – 208* vs SL
This is also his highest score in that calendar year!
He is the third batsman to have five 150+ runs in ODI after Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner.
3) He adds his name second to the book of most hundreds (6*) in a calendar year by Indian. Sachin leads the record with 9 tons in 1998. Kohli also has 6 hundred this year.
4) He entered the 9th place in the book of most ODI sixers sharing the spot with former Aussies captain Ricky Ponting.
5) He became the first captain to remain not out after making a double ton.
6) With this third double ton, he joins the league of most 180+ scores (3) in ODI with Martin Guptill!
Vivian Richards and Sachin Tendulkar have two 180+ score each!
7) Rohit became the first skipper to take fewest ODI to score a maiden double ton – 2!
He also joins Virat and Gambhir who took 2 matches to make their maiden ton as Indian skipper.
8) People say that the 13th day of a month is auspicious for evil. But in case of Lankan cricketers, Rohit is the deadly evil.
On 13th Nov 2014, he smashed his highest ODI personal off 151 balls. Again on 13th Dec 2017, he smashed his double ton as a skipper off 151 balls.
9) He created a new ODI history for making 100+ runs twice in last ten over and both happened against SL.
110 runs – 2014
107 runs – 2017
Thank God Virat was not in this game, or else the Virat-Rohit duo will give goosebumps to the Indian fans while running in the crease.
And just imagine what if Virat joined the game with much anger after the first match terrible batting collapse. Already he was in good batting form and is in splendid form against SL and was tensed that he missed his maiden 300 in test due to childish act of the Lankans who was afraid of Kohli’s batting and captaincy performance. There were chances that the total would have been higher if Kohli played along Rohit in this innings.
When the commentators were debating whether Rohit would make a double century under his own captaincy, he was focused on setting a tremendous total for SL to chase. He feared the Lankan bowlers not with single or twos and not even by making boundaries. He was aiming to make every ball fly towards the crowd irrespective of the direction. I was getting fear that the ball may turn high hitting the edge, but he was busy giving goosebumps to the Lankans. I think they would not have slept peacefully that night.
At first, when Rohit made four consecutive six in Lakmal over, I thought he was wishing Yuvraj a belated bday in his style. He became the second Indian after Zaheer to hit four consecutive sixes in an ODI. Zaheer made the record against Zimbabwe in 2000.
The funny connection between these two records is that there was a wide ball provided by the bowlers who can’t handle the heat of Indian batsman.
In the test, Kaip Dev (1990) has hit four consecutive sixes. Dhoni (2006) and Hardik Pandya (2017) has hit three continuos sixers.
At this time we should be proud of the new Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya who has hit hat-trick sixer for four times in four months:
1) 4 Jun’17 – v Imad Wasim in the CT league match INDvsPAK;
2) 18 Jun’17 -v Shadab Khan in the CT final INDvsPAK;
3) 3 Aug’17 – v Pushpakumara in the 2nd Test, India tour of Sri Lanka;
4) 17 Sep’17 -v Adam Zampa in the 1st ODI, Australia tour of India.
Rohit batting stats were far behind our synchronising thoughts. Since13/12 is his wedding date and is that the reason he made 13 fours and 12 sixes in this innings?
Rohit is the only batsman who has carried the ball for all 50 overs of an ODI that ended in a victory!
“Carry the ball” is a term used in the cricketing sport denoting that the opening batsman remains alive throughout the innings.
Sunil Gavaskar, Sehwag, Dravid and Pujara are the other Indians who have achieved this milestone but in the tests.
There is no more doubt that this “Hitman” can make a triple ton in ODI! The day is no far longer for this double ton hero who done it thrice when the whole world was just dreaming about it!