Bangalore: Understandably delighted after becoming only the third cricketer ever to smash an ODI double hundred, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma said he went in to bat with the intent to 'play big' in the seventh and final ODI against Australia in Bangalore on Saturday.
Sharma joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in the all-Indian club of ODI double-centurions in international cricket when he cracked a 158-ball 209 against against the visitors. (India vs Australia, 7th ODI)
"To get 200 runs is a wonderful feeling. The idea was to stay on the wicket and capitalise later. This is a small ground and it's easier to hit and I just took my chances," Rohit said after the exhilarating knock, which included a world record 16 sixes and 12 fours.
The 26-year-old said he was looking to play aggressively after getting a hundred in the second one-dayer in Jaipur, which India won to level the series.
"It is really coming off very well. I got a hundred in the last game and I just wanted to carry on from that. I wanted to play big. I just wanted to keep the momentum going," he said.
In the course of his hurricane innings, Sharma became the record-holder for most sixes in a match, crossed 1000 runs this year besides breaching the 3000-runs mark in his ODI career.
The only blip in Rohit's knock came when he was partially respobsible for Virat Kohli's run-out for a duck. However, Rohit responded in style and laughed off the incident.
"It happens sometimes. It's all a part and parcel of the game," he added.