India v Australia, 7th ODI, Bangalore November 2, 2013

'Probably the best I have played' - Rohit Sharma

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'Hard to know what a good total is' - Bailey

The previous time Virat Kohli was run out for a duck, Rohit Sharma went on to get his maiden ODI century. More than three years later, Rohit ran Virat Kohli out for a duck, and went on to get a sensational maiden double-century, becoming only the third batsman to score a double-century in ODIs. All three are Indians.

After the innings, Rohit could laugh the run-out off. "It happens," he said. "It's a part and parcel of the game. No hard feelings there. I am sure he is going to get a hundred in the next game."

Rohit said this was "probably" the best he has ever played. "Getting a 200 in ODIs is a wonderful feeling," he said. "When I went out to bat, I never thought I'd get a 200. The idea was to stay on the wicket. We know it is a small ground, runs are easy to come by once you are in. I just wanted to stay in and capitalise later."

Along the way, Rohit broke Shane Watson's record for the most sixes in an innings, hitting 16 of them, going from 100 to 200 in 42 balls. "Yeah, it's coming off really well," Rohit said. "I am in a good nick. Just wanted to carry on from the last game. Disappointed to not get a hundred in the last game, but I wanted to make sure that once I got my eye in I play big. As you play, records will happen. I just want my team to win. It will be a wonderful feeling then."

Moving up to open the ODI innings for India has been a turning point for Rohit, and he has been insisting all this is just the beginning. He repeated the sentiment here. "Again, it's really coming off well since Champions Trophy," he said. "I want to keep the momentum going and carry on the good work."

George Bailey, the Australia captain, said Rohit could be one of the contenders for the No. 4 spot in the Indian Test team, after Sachin Tendulkar's retirement.

"It was an extraordinary innings. He has had a wonderful series," Bailey said. "He is obviously flourishing at the top of the order. He would certainly be one who is in the mix for that spot that will open up after the great man (Sachin Tendulkar) departs in a couple of Tests."

The ODI rules, specially those related to the use of two new balls and fielding restrictions, were criticised by a few Indian players, with MS Dhoni saying that the game was now a contest of "which side could bowl less badly". However, Bailey said that the same conditions could have different results in Australia or South Africa.

"You won't get wickets like this in Australia and South Africa," Bailey said. "It does depend a little bit on conditions and then when you get those conditions in Australia, may be the two new balls play a part and the team might be 3-30, and you have got to find a way to get to 250. It is different everywhere. It is just a matter of striking the balance. I don't mind the odd games like this."

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  • on November 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    rohit sharma u r destined for greatness. so no matter what critics say or bash u everytime, remember u have double the number of die hard fans and wellwishers. Dying to see in u white clothing for India. Then ppl will no what they were missing. All the best Rohit !

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Strange to see comments focused on criticising conditions but at the same time not acknowledging some fine batting perforamances. Conditions this time did favour batsmen but it was aggravated by some poor bowling & some superlative batting. Scoring 209 on any track flat/sporty is no mean task & only the extraordinary can do that & not many appreciating rohit's effort. to me it was better than sachin's/sehwag's innings bcos most of the shots were copy-book shots. well done rohit ! waiting for ur test debut & all the best !

  • Pathiyal on November 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    rohit didnt appear to be his usual lazy bit in the previous innings. regarding the new odi rules, yes, bowling machines will do rather than the real bowlers :-) and the pitches in India.....worst to say the least. there is no more fun in cricket in India.

  • on November 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    With new rules of fielding even Faulkner also hitting century,,, whats so great?? Dhoni is right,, we should play with bowlng machine and not with human bowlers

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    These are sub-continent pitches which are prepared for the local environment. No excuses for getting hit out of the park. If you are a great bowler, you will find a way. Watch some clips of Akram, Kumble, Srinath, Murali, Vaas and Younis. Great bowlers, find a way. Both sides lacked them.

  • josphe on November 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Never in all my years of watching cricket have I seen a batsman couple elegance with brutal hitting like rohit has. The way he is able to sweetly drive you through covers one delivery and smash you way into the stands the next is simply mind boggling. I know he has received much criticism in the past for his poor shot selection and rightly so, I hope he can continue batting like this for a long while and take this form into the test arena. One thing though that I think he needs to work on is rotation the strike a bit more, simply to many dot balls. If he can do that he'll become a complete ODI batsman and one of the most dangerous oyt there. From a huge fan, all the best

  • mars2009 on November 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Due to incompetency in bowling, Indians are compel to prepare pitches like this, all three double hundred + 194 by Saeed Anwar scored in India. Just wait till next month, then compare the averages of Indian batsmen in Indian & South African conditions.

  • team_india_no1 on November 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I was more impressed with Rohit Sharma's fitness. He fielded with great focus and was on the ground for almost the complete 100 overs in a high voltage match virtually a final. No cramps, no loss of fluid and no resting in the dressing room. Also the indian batting has always special and bowling equally depressing. But what is making the current team enjoyable is top class fielding and catching keeping the bowlers spirits high. Also the worst bowling team on flat wickets is India. Sounds ironic but true. The reason may be that the pitches dished out in domestic games are much more sportive than those for the international games. So India was at the receiving end in this series because of flat tracks. Just that our batting plans went according to plan or may be even better. Current India's batsman are more technically and/or mentally sound and adaptable than they appear to be while our bowlers go completely blank on flat tracks.

  • on November 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Those who said that Rohit's century paled because of the pitch conditions, that an Aussie tail ender made a century too...blah blah...remember that all the 22 players got the same chance, same pitch and the almost the same talent to bat against. It was only Rohit who batted consistently well along the innings and completed a milestone. So instead of whining about the other factors which were same for everybody, lets give credit to a masterpiece inning played by the Indian batsman. A double hundred takes a lot of mental strength and stamina to complete, in addition to the other factors.

  • on November 3, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Pramit Srivastava : I don't know why you keep talking like the aussies that Indians have not able to make an impact outside of India.... the last time, we played in S.A, we drew...The only two disastrous tours we have had in the last 10 years or so, was in 2012 - 4-0 in Australia and England...we beat England in England in 2007, we drew with them in 2002, we drew with Australia in Australia in 2003, and would have done the same if not for the Sydney fiasco in 2008, where we lost 2-1....We have beaten all other teams -NZ,WI,Pak, home and away in this last decade...much different from the last century....

    England is clearly ahead of other teams during this team, but then they are aging and will face what India is going through right now, within the next couple of years, with their Captain Cook likely to become more like Allan Border_the_captain, struggling to bind together a fighting combination in the 80s...

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    rohit sharma u r destined for greatness. so no matter what critics say or bash u everytime, remember u have double the number of die hard fans and wellwishers. Dying to see in u white clothing for India. Then ppl will no what they were missing. All the best Rohit !

  • on November 5, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Strange to see comments focused on criticising conditions but at the same time not acknowledging some fine batting perforamances. Conditions this time did favour batsmen but it was aggravated by some poor bowling & some superlative batting. Scoring 209 on any track flat/sporty is no mean task & only the extraordinary can do that & not many appreciating rohit's effort. to me it was better than sachin's/sehwag's innings bcos most of the shots were copy-book shots. well done rohit ! waiting for ur test debut & all the best !

  • Pathiyal on November 4, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    rohit didnt appear to be his usual lazy bit in the previous innings. regarding the new odi rules, yes, bowling machines will do rather than the real bowlers :-) and the pitches in India.....worst to say the least. there is no more fun in cricket in India.

  • on November 4, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    With new rules of fielding even Faulkner also hitting century,,, whats so great?? Dhoni is right,, we should play with bowlng machine and not with human bowlers

  • on November 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    These are sub-continent pitches which are prepared for the local environment. No excuses for getting hit out of the park. If you are a great bowler, you will find a way. Watch some clips of Akram, Kumble, Srinath, Murali, Vaas and Younis. Great bowlers, find a way. Both sides lacked them.

  • josphe on November 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Never in all my years of watching cricket have I seen a batsman couple elegance with brutal hitting like rohit has. The way he is able to sweetly drive you through covers one delivery and smash you way into the stands the next is simply mind boggling. I know he has received much criticism in the past for his poor shot selection and rightly so, I hope he can continue batting like this for a long while and take this form into the test arena. One thing though that I think he needs to work on is rotation the strike a bit more, simply to many dot balls. If he can do that he'll become a complete ODI batsman and one of the most dangerous oyt there. From a huge fan, all the best

  • mars2009 on November 3, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Due to incompetency in bowling, Indians are compel to prepare pitches like this, all three double hundred + 194 by Saeed Anwar scored in India. Just wait till next month, then compare the averages of Indian batsmen in Indian & South African conditions.

  • team_india_no1 on November 3, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    I was more impressed with Rohit Sharma's fitness. He fielded with great focus and was on the ground for almost the complete 100 overs in a high voltage match virtually a final. No cramps, no loss of fluid and no resting in the dressing room. Also the indian batting has always special and bowling equally depressing. But what is making the current team enjoyable is top class fielding and catching keeping the bowlers spirits high. Also the worst bowling team on flat wickets is India. Sounds ironic but true. The reason may be that the pitches dished out in domestic games are much more sportive than those for the international games. So India was at the receiving end in this series because of flat tracks. Just that our batting plans went according to plan or may be even better. Current India's batsman are more technically and/or mentally sound and adaptable than they appear to be while our bowlers go completely blank on flat tracks.

  • on November 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Those who said that Rohit's century paled because of the pitch conditions, that an Aussie tail ender made a century too...blah blah...remember that all the 22 players got the same chance, same pitch and the almost the same talent to bat against. It was only Rohit who batted consistently well along the innings and completed a milestone. So instead of whining about the other factors which were same for everybody, lets give credit to a masterpiece inning played by the Indian batsman. A double hundred takes a lot of mental strength and stamina to complete, in addition to the other factors.

  • on November 3, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Pramit Srivastava : I don't know why you keep talking like the aussies that Indians have not able to make an impact outside of India.... the last time, we played in S.A, we drew...The only two disastrous tours we have had in the last 10 years or so, was in 2012 - 4-0 in Australia and England...we beat England in England in 2007, we drew with them in 2002, we drew with Australia in Australia in 2003, and would have done the same if not for the Sydney fiasco in 2008, where we lost 2-1....We have beaten all other teams -NZ,WI,Pak, home and away in this last decade...much different from the last century....

    England is clearly ahead of other teams during this team, but then they are aging and will face what India is going through right now, within the next couple of years, with their Captain Cook likely to become more like Allan Border_the_captain, struggling to bind together a fighting combination in the 80s...

  • testcric4ever on November 3, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Give me a break. Used to be that scoring a century was a real achievement of concentration and technique, but this series has seen plenty of batsmen on both sides peel off huge scores without breaking a sweat. Not only do these pitches and rules take the joy out of bowling, but it depreciates the art of batting. But then again, when it comes to Indian fans, only the batters count. Bowling is just something you have to do between innings.

  • CricketFever11 on November 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    If Gilchrist Jayasuriya born in India they would have made at least 5 ODI double centuries before retirement.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 3, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Rohit Sharma's batting has definitely improved over last one year. I remember that when he made his debut against Oz in Oz in 2008, Ian Chappel was a great fan of his technique. It is just that he wasted his talent all these years by playing loose shots at crucial moments. In all likelihood he will succeed Tendulkar in test matches, and, if he can control his instinct to throw it away when all set, he has the chance to go a long way. Too bad that in the upcoming series against the Windies, we will not see him in Tests, because that is meant to be the Swansong of Sachin. This series was such a treat for us Indians unlike what is going on in UAE, where two poor batting teams are playing against each other and competing with each other as to who bats worse than the other.

  • on November 3, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Rohit has talent no doubt but he has to continue his good form in SA. Well we cant compare batting & bowling in two different eras. Sehwag has scored two triple hundreds in test & 1 double in odi, still he is not able to find a place in the team. Why India has struggled in AUS & SA is not because of their batsman but mainly due to their weak link bowling. This is the beauty of game, on one hand we are having low scoring games & on the other hand we are having sixathon. We the viewers love all spices of game & as an Indian I want my team to win everywhere but unfortunately no team is as good as Aus in the last decade, so there is no clear demarcation. Each team is better than other in a particular condition.

  • saajankc on November 3, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    @Kiwi Rocker..U comparing Pakistan Vs SA series wid, India vs Aus, comeon...These two are No. 1 & 2 ranking team in the world...and you talking about quality of bowling??? look at the Pakistan batting dude...even a third XI team from Bangladesh can destroy that batting order...Loosing 6 wickets fro 19 runs,,,??? Imraan Tahir???quality bowler ??? haha!!!! You seriously need to revisit Cricket from 1980s and then post comments...

  • on November 3, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    future of batting average will be close to 200 if continue to play in this highways ! RIP cricket

  • on November 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    People dissing out on the double-centurions, ask yourself, if that's not too hard, why don't Australian/English/Any batsmen score them every other day in these supposedly 'roads' ? Bailey went down at 156 - you say he didn't have enough time ? Then why didn't Watson or the openers go on to convert their scores into 200s? It's simple, because it's yet too hard, and that's why it's rare. So appreciate the man who's made it happen. The logic is simple, if Indian batsmen aren't really that good since they 'only know how to play on flat tracks', while Aussie/English/SA batsmen should be having field days everytime they are presented with such a track, and piling up 500+, since accoridng to the same logic, they actually have the 'skill' to play on harder tracks too , isn't it?

  • on November 3, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Changing rules, tracks, whatever-excuse-you-may-find or not, times change, styles change, and records are broken , new records are made. When Sir Viv Richards made 189*, it was a different era, than later on when Saeed Anwar broke it and scored 194, when 320-330 was possible. Did that belittle Anwar's achievement? No, it stayed for a decade. So have the times changed further, and getting a 200+ in ODIs every couple of years seems possible. These knocks shouldn't be mocked either. Did Saeed Anwar score 194 on a bouncy track like perth, or a rank turner? Did Lara score 400* on a minefield ? Were any record-runs scored in minefields at all? On the other hand, Were any bowling records made on flat-pitches? No, then why diss out the batsmen when they make records in flat pitches? You need helpful conditions for records. What you do on minefields is irrelevant. The 872 game was also on a flat pitch, Come on guys, we are the audience, let's just watch & have some fun.

  • on November 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I think Rohit sharma's 209 is overrated. It must be admitted that a tail ender managed to score astralia's fastest odi century.It brings the double century of Rohit intio proper perspective

  • Shueb on November 3, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Probably Sehwag & Gambhir should now think of announcing their retirements along with Sachin, I feel sad for Gambhir but not for Sehwag as he was one batsmen who never changed his batting style even when the situation demanded it & a man who cannot change for a team cannot be said to be part of the team.

  • on November 3, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    After this Match Rohit can claim ... although he is not great player like Shewag but at least great player than SACHIN... ( he really tried to destroy SACHIN farewell. )

  • on November 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    SMILING REALITY: A batsman who scored 2 hundreds (against ZIM) average: 35+ in 100+ ODIs, suddenly turned into great record holder. Everyone smiling and RS himself shocked. WHAT A SERIES.... (thanks god 2 ODIs wiped-out otherwise.) Now Ishant Sharma can conduct press conference that he is INNOCENT.

  • HDG1978 on November 3, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @kiwirocker,I too have been folllowing cricket from '80s when allrounders(Kapil, Hadlee,Imran and Botham) ruled the roost. All teams like WI(pace quartet), Aus (Lillee,Thommo,McDermott), Eng(Willis,Botham), Pak (Imran,Sarfaraz,Wasim, Waqar,Qadir) had great bowling attacks. The game was not loaded in favour of batsmen then as it is now. Today,only SA(Steyn,Morkel,Philander) & Eng (Anderson,Broad,Swann) have world-class bowling attacks. Hence 100s in Tests and ODIs have become easy to score.Flat tracks in India is a very biased opinion. Australia was blanked 4-0 in Tests in India earlier in 2013 on spin-friendly tracks.400 was chased successfully by SA in Jo'burg.NZ chased 340+ scores against Aus in 2007.Ponting took Aus to 359 in 2003 WC final in SA. That would be eulogised as great batting while Indian batters are unfairly labelled as flat track bullies.The 'great' Ponting had a poor record in India in Tests. Does that belittle Ponting overall? Kohli too has a 100 in Perth. Do respond.

  • KiwiRocker- on November 3, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    I have followed cricket from 80's and as far as I am concerned this entire India Vs Australia series is a disgrace to the game. BCCI and CA arranged this unnecessary series and Australia sent their second XI. Somehow India managed to lose two ODI against Australia's second XI and Dhoni continues complaining about the new rules. Lets get real here: India and Australia have one of worse bowling outfits in the world. Look at SA and Pak series and see quality of bowling there. See the crafty Saeed Ajmal or skillful Imran Tahir.Then there is Irfan, Morkel and so on. Reality is that this series should not even be given an international status.Rohit Sharma is an average played who has failed more than succeeded. He was hitting sixes at will. Just recently Pakistani bowlers had reduced to likes of Kohli and Sharma to sitting ducks in India. At end, Australia is still laughing as they found Fulkaner, Bailey etc.What positives are there for India? Yes, they are flat track bullies liek always!

  • on November 3, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Congrats to Team India need to have core 20 team members together until 2015 they will be experienced and strong

  • Sir_Ivor on November 3, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma will really blossom to his full stature if he is handed the captaincy in the ODIs at least. He has the nous that is needed and as we have seen in the IPL and the CL, he commands the respect of his players. I hope the selectors think on these lines and start beginning the process of reducing Dhoni's workload,who should only lead in the tests with Virat in the 20s format. On pitches like what we have had in the latest ODIs it is hard to judge the intrinsic merit of each knock. But it was certainly a fine innings from Rohit yesterday,which I believe will play a big part in making him believing in himself.

  • on November 3, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Off-course it was a brilliant innings by Rohit, but one has to remember if it the pitch does not offer anything to the bowlers then batsmen's will crush the bowlers hitting sixes all day. I wanna see the batters hit like this when the pitch is favouring the bowling side then you will see the batsmen playing all safe and building their innings rather than just slogging all bowls for 6. I admit there was some poor bowling from both sides but that's due to the mentality that you are going to get hit for 6 no matter what, yorkers is just to prevent runs and you cant start bowling them from the beginning of the game, that just means the pitch is for batting. If players can make consistent runs all around the world, that what makes a player different from the others. E.G Amla, Kohli, Trott, Dhoni, AB Dev. Not even the best bowlers could do much with 2 new balls and the field restrictions with small grounds. Therefore it means who ever has the better batting side will win in India.

  • libra0619 on November 3, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    This series is being discussed for its stats etc. With due respect to the numbers and hundreds I would say, it is really unfair to greats like Tendulkar, Ponting, Steve waugh, Saeed Anwar, Lara, Inzamam,,,,, for comparing records and hundreds with current series. Hundred used to be hard earned reward for a quality batsman, which is real test of stamina, technique on balanced wickets against quality bowling. But now a days, it seems a joke, instead of these wickets, why do not they turn cricket into kind of base ball, where one has to just swing bat to throw ball far away. I am not taking away anything from talent of Kohli, Rohit but they should be provided balance context between bat and ball to show their caliber . It is cricket not a circus :

  • on November 3, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    @arrow011 - the triseries in westindies was on a flat pitch wasn't it. That is why despite averaging 50, his average was double than that of of next best, who was kholi. For god sake, yes for most of his career, he has been a minnow basher, but over the one year he has transformed into a player that does well in ALL conditions. Regarding pitches, well that is the case with almost every pitch that exists in ODI - they are all flat. Only WI and UAE and to a certain extent maybe SA produced pitches that had life for bowlers - although mainly spin bowlers. Srilanka and Australia over past couple of years gave early movement with new ball for bowlers but that is about it. England upto semis in Champions Trophy was generally flat until the semis. NZ - I haven't really followed games there since introduction of 2 new balls so can't judge.

  • Hardy1 on November 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    I wonder if the new rules came into force in order to try & put India in line with respect to preparing less flat pitches, & this series is a flex of the muscle by the BCCI to show that they're not gonna cave & will prepare whatever kind of pitches suit the Indian team best. Just a thought.

  • KeepitHonest on November 2, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    We shouldn't get carried away. RED ball - OVERSEAS - knowing when to leave it... will Indian batsmen be playing any better facing Junaid Khan in Mohali, Steyn or Philander in SA or Patterson in Perth? I don't think so. Rohit will continue to try those lazy elegant flowing drives to those late away swinging balls and one of 3 slips will be ready. I would love to be wrong but I've see it too many times before to be fooled.

  • Bakht_Jamal on November 2, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    3 Indians over 200 now and all at home in India, where pitches are like concrete. And it's not the same for 22 gentlemen, because India has the advantage of playing at home in those flat tracks. Anywhere else in the world, RS cannot last that long, and that is a fact.

    Flat track bullying has become a norm in Indian cricket and due to all their games being at home on such flat pitches, I do not accept the records anymore.

  • jango_moh on November 2, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    happy for rohit, watch out for him in tests!!! he has finally started to take his time without getting distracted, and that bodes well for him in test matches, bcos he's got the allround technique to bat on any pitch in the world!!!!

  • AK1318 on November 2, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Pitches have been same throughout, boundaries have infact become bigger on many grounds like Delhi and Mohali. Flat pitches are good for ODIs but to completely deprive a bowler of protection is injustice. What can a bowler do if one of the spaces is left vacant on the field? His line will vary accordingly. He gets predictable. These new rules are suited to bowling friendly pitches of Aus and Eng. Not for ODIs in subcontinent. Y are u hampering bowlers?

  • Capricorn60 on November 2, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Congrats Rohit, the best way for him to answer his critics & show his true class! Vindicates his selection for the Test squad & look forward to seeing him make his Test debut very soon! Need to revamp these new ODI rules & go back to the drawing board or these high scoring matches & an uneven contest contest between bat & ball will end up being a farce each time!

  • Rao_Guru on November 2, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    To all those who are saying that Rohit Sharma benefited from small grounds, flat pitches and new rules, the last time I looked these factors were the same for all 22 gentlemen playing each match. Most of the sixes he hits would be sixes on most grounds, because the ball usually lands way back in the stands. The only unduly favourable factor in this series would be the flat pitches leading to multiple high scores, and the scores may not be so high when the conditions are more bowler-friendly. Fair enough. Also, he did benefit from a dropped chance, but then again he has been unlucky earlier in his career with catches etc. so these things even out in the end. But all things considered, it was a great knock by a classy batsman, and a once in a decade kind of innings. Well played, Rohit, and all the best for your imminent Test career.

  • on November 2, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    suresh raina and yuvraj singh are unable to overcome their weakness against short pitched bowling. after the T20 everyone wrote about yuvraj comeback. but he is a great failure in ODI series.

  • on November 2, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    The ICC should let the captains set the fields, use only one ball and set certain guides to the dimensions of the grounds. A match score of 700+ is spectator's best dream but definitely not cricket. Please give bowlers a chance. Regarding Rohit, I think ever since he became captain of Mumbai Indians he has elevated his game to a new height. He has shown a lot of character and maturity. Most people conveniently talk about his scores on Indian pitches to put him down. What about his opening stands with Shikhar in the Champions trophy, WI, Zimbabwe and SA?? They don't count?? He has always had tremendous talent and now he has added attitude to his game, With that combination I can only see positive things happening.

  • on November 2, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Rohit has played proper cricketing shots. No slog shots. He can now score run with any set s of rule. His progress has a batsman since last year is immense.

  • on November 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    There were times when the team's scores were about 200 plus. now individuals are scoring double hundreds. with these figures, the game itself is becoming monotonous. comparison of stats across time has become meaningless. ICC should step in to set standards of ground size, number of balls used, field restrictions etc.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on November 2, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @ Patdadac Have you watched the game ? The ground was 75 meters in the front of the pith and 65 back of the pitch .so the batsman should atleast hit 75 mtrs in front of the pitch to score 6 runs .But still all the sixes of Rohit were as clean as they could be

  • on November 2, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    People who are saying about these are the small grounds or batting pitches they are forgetting one small thing that the pitch and boundaries are same for both teams.they should stop winging and should enjoy the success of India .my colleague an Aussie at the start of the match he says this Aussie team is the best in the world .and when Australian team scores he says they batted awesome and when India started to chase the total he says they are flat pitches and when India wins he says that Aussie team got 2nd tier bowlers and the grounds are small.come on.rohit today played a awesome knock .i am happy India had overcome its openers problem .great match team India .

  • on November 2, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    good work Mr Rohit Sharma., and proud to be in Indian team

  • S.Jagernath on November 2, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @Kuldeep.Pakistan are not producing surfaces that demoralise & embarass all bowlers.The quality of the cricket pitch determines the quality of the game.Rohit Sharma is really enjoying these flattest pitches ever.Embarassing actually,makes records that people worked hard to acquire in the 1990's & early 2000's seem insignificant.Pathetic groundsmanship.Hope Australia sets fast pitches for the 2015 World Cup.

  • Patdabac on November 2, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    This is nothing about the new rules in ODI's, it's mainly because of club sized grounds like Bangalore, Rajkot, Mohali ect.. in India. When the boundary is about 55-65 meters away then most top class players can even miss hit sixes and fours. Rohit did play well but would he have got the same score if the boundaries were 70-85 meters away like most other grounds. ICC needs to set a guideline to what the minimum ground sizes are.

  • Rohit... on November 2, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    @ Naresh Bansal : It is also simple Arithmetic that Rohit will score 400 when he runs out Virat for a zero... It is also a simple progression series... Geometric Progression series.

  • kuldeep1109 on November 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    People bashing the new ODI rules must realize that the Pak-SA ODIs are producing more balanced games with the same rules thanks to the pitches. India needs to stop producing such lop-sided flat tracks, else batsmen will prefer batting on Indian pitches rather than have a net!!!!

  • on November 2, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    No one even seems to remember Sehwag's innings of 219, why not? Great knock from Rohit, but seriously the boundaries are like 60 metres and U25 play on that sort of pitch. Flat, nothing there for bowlers. Just wait and see, when Rohit goes away from home. If he does well then only I can say he is a high class batsman. The 4 fielders 2 new bslls thing I don't get. Why make ODI so complicated but not T20 or Test? I feel that the ICC is not doing any good for cricket to produce good bowlers.

  • on November 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    This series should be a turning point. No, not for Rohit Sharma or Ishant Sharma but for ICC to open it's eyes and realize that the "new set of rules" which were obviously (hopefully) made to improve the game has back-fired. I know there will be thousands saying otherwise but in my opinion, if not reacted soon enough, this game is soon getting as boring as a Physics class.

  • pull_shot on November 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Congrats man never ever thought u will make 100 in india colors after 100's in Zim but u scored 200 no word but have to say i am surprised more that u played 50 overs

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Well Played Rohith....More innings yet to come

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Next time Rahul runs out Virat on zero he must hope for 300! that is simple arithmetic, first time he helped to run out Virat he scored century, second time he scored double so he can hope third time it should be triple! i.e. simple progression series.

  • Arrow011 on November 2, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    the new rule of 4 fielders & 2 new balls have helped him be in the playing 11 otherwise he was always an extra player. This new rule came into effect from October 2012, hence he has scored runs, when the rule changes he will be back carrying drinks for the playing 11 or get the boot also. The new rule is a boon for him. It is time to scrap the new rule to make it even between bat & ball to make it a content. Present rule has really messed bowler's careers & bolstered very ordinary batsmen to monster hitters.

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Fire works on Deepavali day. Congrats Rohit. Good luck Team India. Happy that all Double Centurions are from INDIA which gives double delight. Kashinath

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The talent of rohit sharma is finally coming on the floor and he played in the way in the way only he could have and d pepole who r undermeaning the shots of rohit owing to the short stadiums and flat wickets,i will only like 2 say dat sixes hit 2day wud hav cleared any stadium in the world,nd d master piece in finding placements and lazy elegance was clearly evident 2day and he showed dat wid his technique he along with dhawan and kohli could tear any bowling apart irrespective of d pitches and stadium size.Dats just a beginning,we r still 2 witness his much more class in test matches...eagerly waiting d new trio of indian batting 2 rule on world cricket......

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    well played RG Sharma. A long overdue innings from a player of your class. What is remarkable is his turnaround from being a maggi man to the 3rd palyer to score 200 runs in a ODI

  • binu.emiliya on November 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Rohit can laugh out that dismissal but what was the outcome of that dismissal , a big chance for Virat to get his 5000 runs one innings less that the great ViV Richards , he was 81 runs short , if he acheive this in the next match, he will equal with Viv the great

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  • binu.emiliya on November 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Rohit can laugh out that dismissal but what was the outcome of that dismissal , a big chance for Virat to get his 5000 runs one innings less that the great ViV Richards , he was 81 runs short , if he acheive this in the next match, he will equal with Viv the great

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    well played RG Sharma. A long overdue innings from a player of your class. What is remarkable is his turnaround from being a maggi man to the 3rd palyer to score 200 runs in a ODI

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    The talent of rohit sharma is finally coming on the floor and he played in the way in the way only he could have and d pepole who r undermeaning the shots of rohit owing to the short stadiums and flat wickets,i will only like 2 say dat sixes hit 2day wud hav cleared any stadium in the world,nd d master piece in finding placements and lazy elegance was clearly evident 2day and he showed dat wid his technique he along with dhawan and kohli could tear any bowling apart irrespective of d pitches and stadium size.Dats just a beginning,we r still 2 witness his much more class in test matches...eagerly waiting d new trio of indian batting 2 rule on world cricket......

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Fire works on Deepavali day. Congrats Rohit. Good luck Team India. Happy that all Double Centurions are from INDIA which gives double delight. Kashinath

  • Arrow011 on November 2, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    the new rule of 4 fielders & 2 new balls have helped him be in the playing 11 otherwise he was always an extra player. This new rule came into effect from October 2012, hence he has scored runs, when the rule changes he will be back carrying drinks for the playing 11 or get the boot also. The new rule is a boon for him. It is time to scrap the new rule to make it even between bat & ball to make it a content. Present rule has really messed bowler's careers & bolstered very ordinary batsmen to monster hitters.

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Next time Rahul runs out Virat on zero he must hope for 300! that is simple arithmetic, first time he helped to run out Virat he scored century, second time he scored double so he can hope third time it should be triple! i.e. simple progression series.

  • on November 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Well Played Rohith....More innings yet to come

  • pull_shot on November 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Congrats man never ever thought u will make 100 in india colors after 100's in Zim but u scored 200 no word but have to say i am surprised more that u played 50 overs

  • on November 2, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    This series should be a turning point. No, not for Rohit Sharma or Ishant Sharma but for ICC to open it's eyes and realize that the "new set of rules" which were obviously (hopefully) made to improve the game has back-fired. I know there will be thousands saying otherwise but in my opinion, if not reacted soon enough, this game is soon getting as boring as a Physics class.

  • on November 2, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    No one even seems to remember Sehwag's innings of 219, why not? Great knock from Rohit, but seriously the boundaries are like 60 metres and U25 play on that sort of pitch. Flat, nothing there for bowlers. Just wait and see, when Rohit goes away from home. If he does well then only I can say he is a high class batsman. The 4 fielders 2 new bslls thing I don't get. Why make ODI so complicated but not T20 or Test? I feel that the ICC is not doing any good for cricket to produce good bowlers.