The ICC on Wednesday wished India limited-overs vice captain Rohit Sharma on the five-year anniversary of his world record 264-run innings against Sri Lanka but the cricket’s parent body did not forget to take a cheeky dig at Rohit, reminding him that he was dropped on 4 on that day.
On November 13, 2014, exactly 5 years ago, Rohit Sharma broke records for fun and smashed the highest individual score ever in an ODI. Rohit hit an incredible 264 off just 225 balls against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, which still continues to be highest individual score in an ODI by some distance.
Rohit, however, was dropped on 4 by Sri Lanka fielder Thisara Perera at third man off the bowling right-arm medium pacer Shaminda Eranga. Rohit, fopr his part, did not look back after that reprieve and went on to hit 9 sixes and 33 fours on that day as India posted a mammoth 404 for 5 batting first in the 4th ODI at Eden Gardens.
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“On this day in 2014, Rohit Sharma went big! The Indian opener smashed 264, the highest ever ODI score. The worst part? Sri Lanka dropped him when he was on 4,” ICC tweeted on Wednesday reminding the cricket world about one of the most famous innings played in ODI cricket till date.
#OnThisDay in 2014, Rohit Sharma went big!
The Indian opener smashed 264, the highest ever ODI score ?
The worst part? Sri Lanka dropped him when he was on 4 ? pic.twitter.com/E6wowdoGUL
— ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2019
— Tharr shanth ? (@tharr1109) November 13, 2019
If You Drop Hitman Even Once, He will Punish You Very Hard??
What Knock It was???
— ?? SHARMI ?? (@ImSharmi7) November 13, 2019
Perhaps most expensive drop in the history??
— Zafar Iqbal (@zaf_zafariqbal) November 13, 2019
@ICC trolling Rohit
— Sai krishna (@Saikris95866919) November 13, 2019
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Rohit, who was making a comeback after an injury lay-off took some time to settle in early on but accelerated in the last 10 overs of the Indian innings.India were 275 for 3 at the end of 40 overs and from there they scored 129 more runs in the final 10 overs with Rohit alone scoring 110.
In reply, India bowled Sri Lanka out for 251 as the visitors fell short of Rohit’s score by 13 runs and lost the match by 153 runs. Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers for India, who picked up 4 wickets for just 35 runs in his 10 overs.
That incidentally was Rohit’s second double hundred in ODIs. He had smashed his first double ton in ODIs against Australia in 2013 at Bengaluru. The India limited-overs vice-captain went on to slam another double century in 2017 to become the first batsman to register three double centuries. He hit 2088 against Sri Lanka at Mohali.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman on the planet to register a double century in the 50-over format as he achieved the feat against South Africa in 2010.
Currently, Rohit led India to a 2-1 series victory over Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series.
He also went on to play a knock of 85 runs in the second match of the series to guide the Men in Blue to an emphatic eight-wicket win.
India will next face Bangladesh in the two-match Test series, slated to begin from November 14.