Kolkata, Nov 14: Even after scoring 264 runs off 173 balls with 33 fours and 9 sixes, Rohit Sharma was not tried. He said that he was ready to bat for another 50 overs!
On Thursday (November 13), Rohit set two world records during his superlative 173-ball 264 against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI at Eden Gardens. The Indian opener played out the full 50 overs, dismissed only on the final ball of the innings.
He became the first batsman in ODI history to compile two double tons and also registered the highest ever individual ODI score. India cruised to 153-run victory. Entire Sri Lankan team could not surpass Rohit's score as they were bowled out for 251.
After his epic innings, he was asked whether he was tried, for which he replied, "After a few months' break, so I'm not really tired, I was ready to bat another 50 overs. But yeah, jokes apart, I was determined and dedicated to getting a big one."
He added, "Once I got to fifty, I knew that I had to convert, because it was a good batting wicket. The scores here, even 300-350, are easily chaseable. We wanted to get a big score and that made me stay there as long as possible."
Rohit was returning to the Indian team after an injury lay-off since August. And it was a great way to celebrate his return to international cricket.