There is barely any sight more beautiful in the world of cricket than watching Rohit Sharma batting in full flow. The elegant right-hander from Mumbai combines grace and brutality while notching up mammoth individual scores in one-day international cricket.
Rohit, who happens to be the only batsman on the planet to compile two ODI double hundreds, has now hinted that he will try his level best to cross the barrier of 300-run mark in the 50-over format.
In a little clip of his candid interview with television presenter Gaurav Kapur on the talk show called 'Breakfast with Champions', Rohit sheds light on both of his ODI double tons – 209 against Australia at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru in 2013 and 264 against Sri Lanka at the iconic Eden gardens in 2014.
On being asked to compare both the gigantic innings, Rohit said: "I am very confused. It is a classy question but I have no answer to that question. 209 happened in a series decider when the team was in a bad situation. Shikhar Dhawan got out early and Virat Kohli was run out soon after. I was under a lot of pressure. The situation was like, 'if I don't score runs, the team will lose the series'. Scores in that tournament were 350-400. I had to score to get our team to a decent total which is 350-plus. I was batting in the middle and I know how the wicket is. I understood that if we don't score so many runs, it might be tricky for us. That innings had 16 sixes, which is a world record before our Mr. 360 (AB de Villiers) equalled it when he played against West Indies the next year."
While his 209 came in a series-deciding seventh ODI against the Aussies, the 264 came in a dead rubber encounter. However, the knock was pretty valuable for Rohit on personal account provided that the Mumbaikar was making a comeback to the side after recovering from a finger injury.
"After that innings, I got to know that I scored 33 boundaries. There were instances when the entire team scored less than 33 boundaries and I alone managed to score that in that innings. I was so happy for that innings as I came back after three months from my finger injury. I was so nervous that I even told Ritika (his wife), 'I don't know how to approach the game'. Somehow, I managed to spend some time in the middle and got a lot of confidence. After the match, our coach Duncan Fletcher told me that I could have easily scored a 300 if not for the slow start I had. I asked him, 'Duncan bhai, Is 264 less for you?' (laughs)," Sharma said.
The 30-year-old revealed how the expectations level from the fans have grown on him ever since that monumental knock in 2014. Rohit also admitted that his well-wishers always remind him of a triple ton, whether he fields in the deep or at public places like an airport.
"Now, whenever I go out to bat, people want a 300 from me. Whenever I field in the deep, at the airport, people keep asking me 'when are you going to score 300?'. Is scoring 300 like just pick up something and eating it? In India, that is the expectation.That shows India as a country will never stop expecting more from you. It is completely acceptable because that's what you want and you try to live up to the expectation all the time. Having said that, I will try (scoring 300)," concluded Rohit.
You can watch the video here: