Rohit Sharma blasted his way into the record
books with a breathtaking 209 that included a
record 16 sixes which propelled India to a
mammoth 383 for six against Australia in the
series-decising seventh and final ODI.
The immensely talented Sharma thus became only
third batsman in the history of ODI cricket after
Virender Sehwag (219) and Sachin Tendulkar
(200 no) to reach the coveted double ton.
Enroute his 158-ball-209, Rohit created a world
record by hitting as many as 16 sixes along with
12 fours. His 16 sixes bettered Shane Watson’s
effort of 15 sixes against Bangladesh in an ODI
This was also the highest individual ODI score by
any batsman against Australia in ODIs as well as
being India’s highest team total against the
visitors. The last five overs produced an
unbelievable 101 runs.
While Rohit scored his first 100 off 114 balls, the
next hundred came off only 42 deliveries. All the
sixes were clean straight hits in the arc between
deep extra-cover and deep mid-wicket. There was
minimum muscle and maximum timing in each and
every six that he hit.
Put into bat by the Australian skipper George
Bailey, the home team rode on Rohit’s brilliant
batting display which was complemented by his
opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (60) and skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni who batted in his
customary style smacking a 38-ball-62 with seven fours and two sixes.
Rohit and Dhoni added a staggering 167 runs for
the fifth wicket in only 15.4 overs at an average of
10.65 while the opening partnership again proved
to be productive yielding 112 runs.
The men who missed out included Virat Kohli
(0)and the two horribly out-of-form players Yuvraj
Singh (12) and Suresh Raina (28).
While another in-form batsman Kohli was run-out
for duck without scoring and looked angry, the
Delhi star was the most vocal in his applause when
Rohit reached his individual milestones.
Having got a second wind after being promoted as
an opener, Rohit also completed 1000 runs in ODIs
this year at a very impressive average of 50 plus.
This is Rohit’s third big score in the current apart
from his match-winning 141 at Jaipur and 79 in
the last game at Nagpur.
With the current ODI rules of having five fielders
inside the circle at any point of time has proved to
be a draconian one for the bowlers who have
been taken to the cleaners.
All the frontline Australian bowlers got a
hammering with Clint McKay (1/89 in 10 overs)
ending up with worst figures.
Nathan Coultier-Nile (0/80 in 10 overs), James
Faulkner (1/75 in 10 overs) and Xavier Doherty
(2/74 in 10 overs) were smoked to all parts of the
ground by Rohit and Dhoni.
Rohit ultimately fell to Mckay when he was caught
by substitute Moises Henriques, who had come in
to field for Shane Watson who suffered from an
Rohit-Dhawan brought up the third century
opening stand for India in this series after he
rocked back and cut Glenn Maxwell to deep extra
cover fence. This was also their sixth century stand
this year and became the only pair to do so in a
They were also involved in match-winning 176
and 178 runs opening partnership in Jaipur and
Nagpur one-dayers, respectively.
Dhawan was lucky to have survived on 41 when
Watson missed a run-out chance at backward
point after he threw the ball wide, giving ample
time for the Delhi lad to get back into the crease.
Doherty did the damage for the visitors, scalping
two important wickets of Dhawan and Suresh
Raina, and pegged India back to some extent after
the roaring start given by the openers.
Kohli, who needed 81 runs to beat Vivian
Richards’ record of being the fastest batsman to
reach 5000-run mark in one-dayers, was
unfortunately run out. Raina and Yuvraj fell to
Doherty and James Faulkner in quick succession
but Rohit and Dhoni more than made up for their failures.