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

'Probably the best I have played' - Rohit Sharma

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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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  • Dummy4 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 !

  • Dummy4 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 !

  • Vinod 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • dylan 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

  • Adnan 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.

  • Rohit 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

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