Tue, 18 Jun, 2024

Rohit Sharma Smashes Records

By Amun Kharel

Scoring 200 in ODIs was considered a mere impossible task before the master Sachin Tendulkar himself announced it being possible against fierce Proteas in Gwalior in 2010. Virendar Sehwag followed the footsteps of the legend by doing the same thing, better actually, by 19 runs. He scored 219 against the West Indies team. Both of them currently being out of the game, Indian cricket seemed to be in a bit of a crisis. Virat Kohli was most expected from the Indian team to break all sorts of records and in fact, he is doing pretty good. But out of the blue, came Rohit Sharma- shattering Sachin’s record and becoming the individual to secure the second highest score in an ODI match against the struggling Australian side in a crucial series decider. Maybe he was not done yet and the hunger of achieving the highest accolade drove into breaking the biggest record in ODI cricket. On 13th November 2014, he scored 264 against a good Sri-Lankan bowling attack in just 173 balls bowled. It was a monumental innings. The whole Sri-Lankan team crumbled for less than what Rohit Sharma had scored. They batted for 43.1 overs and scored only 251. What a shame! Sharma is often doubted for his place in the Indian side for not being consistent and for his frequent injuries.  Often considered as ‘The Lazy Elegance’ by the cricket critics, he has proved everyone wrong with this out of the world innings. In the press conference that followed, he joked that he would have batted another 50 overs. Perhaps, he would have. Throughout the game, he had the same body language. He never looked tired and he batted all the way to the last ball where he was out. With the World Cup in the corner, can Rohit Sharma be the saviour and defend the World Cup for his team? World Cup is being held on the fast, bouncy tracks of the Australian continent. It is hostile for sure and there will be a lot of bruises. It will not be the same for Rohit Sharma. But he sure can enjoy this success and take the same confidence for the upcoming big event.