Rohit Sharma's Blitzkrieg Knock and the Mother of All Coincidences
Rohit Sharma smashed 264 off 173 balls against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. His innings was punctuated by 33 fours and 9 sixes as India became the first team to put on a 400-plus score for the fifth time in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma created history on Thursday, becoming the highest individual scorer in a single ODI and the only player to hit two double tons in the 50-over format of the game. Rohit's scintillating essay, was the fourth individual score in excess of 200 in ODIs. The other double centuries have also been scored by Indians - Sachin Tendulkar (200) and Virender Sehwag (219) and share an uncanny coincidence with Rohit's latest knock. On all three occasions - Sachin's 200, Sehwag's 219 and Rohit's 264 - India recorded victories by the exact same margin of 153 runs. (Twitter Buzz on Rohit's Record Score)
Rohit, who survived a chance on 4, shifted gears to perfection as the innings moved along. His fifty came off 72 balls, his hundred off 100 and 200 off 151. (Lots Left to Achieve: Rohit)
In his 173-ball knock, Rohit smashed 33 fours, highest by a batsman in a single ODI innings. Coincidentally, Rohit also has the distinction of hitting the most number of sixes in an innings. He claimed that record when he hit 16 towering shots past the boundary line in his first double century (209), against Australia in 2013. (Kohli Hails Rohit)
Rohit finished on a mammoth score 264, a number that is set to remain unbeaten for a long time to come. His colossal innings enabled India to become the first team to score 400-plus runs on five occasions in ODIs: twice against Sri Lanka, once each vs West Indies, Bermuda and South Africa. No other team has accomplished the feat more than twice. (Rohit 'Not Tired' After Epic Knock)
Here are some other statistical highlights of the match between India and Sri Lanka:
# India have played 19 ODIs at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, winning eleven and losing seven (one no result). India have won three and lost one out of five played vs Sri Lanka at this venue - India's previous wins being by 7 wickets each on January 4, 1991 and December 24, 2009. Sri Lanka won the World Cup semi-final by default on March 13, 1996 after a crowd riot. The ODI played on February 8, 2007 could not produce a result.
# India (404/5) have recorded their second highest total vs Sri Lanka in ODI, next only to the 414 for 7 at Rajkot on December 15, 2009. (India Win by 153 Runs)
# Kohli's tally of 915 (avg.50.83) in 20 matches, including three hundreds and five fifties, is the second highest by a batsman in ODIs in 2014. Matthews has managed 923 runs (ave.61.53) in 25 matches, including eight fifties.
# Rohit and Virat Kohli were involved in a stand of 201 - India's third highest partnership for the third wicket vs Sri Lanka - the highest being 224 between Gautam Gambhir and Kohli at Kolkata on December 24, 2009. Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh had shared a 221-run stand at Colombo (RPS) on February 3, 2009.
# Kohli figures in five out of eight double century stands for the third wicket in ODIs.
# The difference of 198 between Rohit (264) - the top scorer and Kohli (66) - the second highest scorer is the highest in an innings in ODIs.
# Rohit and Uthappa put on 128 off 58 balls - India's second highest fifth-wicket partnership vs Sri Lanka in ODIs in India - the highest being 133 between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid at Margao on February 14, 2007.
# The run-rate of 13.24 is an Indian record for any wicket in ODIs, eclipsing the 13.09 by Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina during their partnership of 120 (unbroken) off 55 balls for the fourth wicket vs Sri Lanka at Hobart on February 28, 2012.(minimum 100 runs)
# India's highest fifth-wicket partnership vs Sri Lanka is 223 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja at Colombo (RPS) on August 17, 1997.
# Nuwan Kulasekara (9-0-89-1) has conceded 85 runs or more in an innings for the first time in ODIs.
# Only Lasith Malinga has conceded more runs in an innings involving India-Sri Lanka ODIs than Kulasekara - 7.4-0-96-1 at Hobart on February 28, 2012.
# Ajantha Mendis' economy rate of 10.00 is his worst in an innings in ODIs. His previous worst was 7.44 - 9-0-67-0 vs India at Cuttack on December 21, 2009.
# Angelo Mathews' 75 off 68 balls is his fifth fifty vs India - his 24th in ODIs.
# Umesh Yadav has bagged ten wickets in an ODI series for the first time.
# Dhawal Kulkarni (4/34) has produced his best bowling performance in ODIs.
# Lahiru Thirimanne (59 off 69 balls) has produced his third fifty vs India - his eighth in ODIs.
# Mahela Jayawardene (400) became the third player after Sachin Tendulkar (452) and Sanath Jayasuriya (433) to have played 400 innings or more in ODIs.