Rohit Sharma has beaten the previous record that was set for One-Day International cricket matches by hitting an astounding 264 off 173 balls. The new record was set in the game in the current series against Sri Lanka.
The previous record that had been achieved by Virender Sehwag and been won in a 2011 One-Day International against the West Indies. Sharma hit nine sixes and 33 fours from the 173 balls bowled to him.
Sharma slowly made his way to the first half century, taking 72 balls to get there. After that, things began to heat up somewhat and later, when he went from a century to the 250 mark, it took only 66 deliveries.
The 27-year-old Indian cricketer had already entered a very small circle of players who have achieved over 200 runs in an ODI. This was the second time that Sharma has managed to do this, after having scored a double hundred in the ODI with 209 runs when playing against Australia in Bangalore a year ago in November 2013. After having achieved over 200 runs a second time, he has become the first cricket player to do this. The other two players who have managed over 200 in ODI cricket are Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
Sharma commented on his motivation to keep playing once he had reach 50: “Once I got to 50 I knew I had to make a century because it was a good batting wicket and we knew 350 was easily chaseable. That made me stay there as long as possible.”
MS Dhoni, India’s captain, tweeted the following after Sharma made the new record: “Very well batted Rohit. That’s Rohit for everyone, sheer talent. Enjoy and witness the class in action.”
This was the first One-Day International that Sharma has played since he injured his hand while the India cricket team was on a tour of England.