Rohit Sharma makes history
- Hits Double Century in ODI for Second Time
- Breaks records set by Sachin, Sehwag
- Ensures place in India Team for World Cup 2015
Mumbai, November 13: India is sitting pretty with four straight wins in the five-match One Day International rubber against Sri Lanka after its resounding victory at the historic Eden Gardens on Thursday. The most important achievement to cherish, however, is the record-breaking 264 by Rohit Sharma who has beaten the world records set by compatriots Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit not only helped India pile up 404 runs but also beat Sri Lanka yet again. While Rohit made his second double century in ODIs, a rare feat, the rest of the Indian players added 140 to the tally. The Sri Lanka team folded up for 251.
Eden Gardens, the hunting ground of Azhar and Laxman has proved to be lucky for Rohit as well. Now it remains to be seen if he can impact the India team’s performance in the World Cup just a few months away. He missed the chance to represent his country in the World Cup in 2011. He would not miss this time in all probability. But would he be able to repeat his feat and help India wrest the Cup? That is the question which must be bothering millions of Rohit’s fans across the country.
Rohit Sharma, the eternal comeback prodigal of Indian cricket has ensured his place in the World Cup team with the stupendous effort at the Eden. Rohit has been unlucky, though, in his England tour. He was given an opportunity only in one of the five Tests since the team management decided to field five bowlers against England. Then he opened the innings for the first ODI during which he injured his figure and had to sit out for the rest of the ODIs. Another Mumbai star Ajinkya Rahane replaced Sharma in Tests and did exceedingly well to earn opening slot in the ODI after Sharma was force by injury to sit in the pavilion. Rahane went on the batting spree and made a lot of runs. He appeared as a permanent member of the Test team as well as ODI team making it difficult for Sharma to make a comeback.
But Rohit did comeback. And it was not the first time. After he made his debut in Test cricket in 2007 as a 20-year old, he played only seven Tests till date. Even in ODIs he is known for his inconsistency even though he is highly gifted. But whenever he played well and scored a century, the cricket commentators praised him to the sky saying that he is the next star presented by Mumbai after Sachin Tendulkar. He has been described as a bundle of talent, the heir apparent, the successor etc. There was no dearth of encouragement. Duncan Fletcher promoted him and asked him to open the innings. After every glorious performance there has been a lull and withdrawal into a shell. Rohit is so talented that he could always stage a comeback. The ups and downs in his career appear natural given his temperament and his famous lack of focus. He tells himself now after creating the record that he should stay focused for the next five months and concentrate on his game so as to be in the team for the World Cup tournament in February next.