You always want to perform well against Australia, says Rohit Sharma
NEW DELHI: Opening Batter Rohit Sharma He recalled his first double century in ODI cricket on Monday and said there is additional motivation to perform well against Australia.
Rohit was in a live Instagram session with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when the right-handed hitter was asked to talk about his first double century ODI.
Rohit had played a 209 hit against Australia in 2013 in the final ODI to guide India to a serial victory over Australia.
Speaking about these innings, Rohit said: I know it was an important series for us, I just started opening the batting for India. We played the Champions Trophy and then we toured the Antilles. After these two, we played the series against Australia, it was a good challenge for me to face this team. You always want to perform well against Australia. During Jaipur ODI, Yuvraj Singh told me that I have a good opportunity to show my skills and score hundreds.
It was a great competition between both parties in the 2013 series, Australia never gives up easily, they go the extra mile to win the match, it was a very close series, Bengaluru ODI was the decisive one for us, I never thought I will score 200 in an ODI, the The shot was flat and the ball easily hit the bat. There was a halt due to the rain, it was my responsibility to score the races as Shikhar and Virat were fired cheaply, he added. .
Rohit further explained his blow and said that the captain then Ms dhoni continued to guide him through the 209 hit against Australia.
"With Raina, I had a good partnership, then Ms dhoni and I batted till the end, I got dismissed in the second last over of the innings, MS kept on telling me that he wants me to bat till the last over," Rohit added.
In the 2013 game against Australia, India was batting first and Rohit was slow and took time to build the innings.
However, as soon as he got the scheme of things, Rohit started chasing bowling players and before long passed the 100-run mark.
After reaching his century, he shifted gears and went on to raise his first double century at ODI. He then went on to play a 209 hit with just 158 balls.
These entries helped India post 383 runs on the board, and the effort helped the team win the match by 57 runs.
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Rohit Sharma finished the tournament as the highest run-scorer after registering 648 runs from just nine matches at an average of 81.00.
During the tournament, he also became the first hitter to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.
Rohit, who is now the vice captain of the ODI team, has played 224 ODI, 108 T20I and 32 tests so far. The vice captain with limited limitations has earned 14,029 runs in all formats.
Rohit is the only player in the world to have three double tons to his name in ODI cricket. He also holds the record for the highest individual score in the 50+ format for his 264 career hit against Sri Lanka in the Gardens of Eden.
In the longer format, it has been reinvented and has started to open batting in test cricket since last year.
Rohit would have been in action for the Mumbai Indians had the Indian Premier League (IPL) started on March 29.
However, the tournament was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.