Everyone in the cricketing fraternity were left spellbound as Rohit Sharma raised his bat to celebrate his highest ODI score ever. The unruffled batsman scored 264 from 173 balls taking India’s total to 404 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The pitch was batsman friendly, the outfield was fast, the opposition attack was definitely inexperienced, but a score of 264 by one player in a One Day International, where there are only 300 possible, legitimate deliveries, is a tremendous achievement.
His innings started rather ludicrously though; scoring his first 100 runs at a run-a-ball rate but what followed was unbelievable. He was already on track though, before his century, having scored 14 runs off four balls in Nuwan Kulasekara’s 30th over.
There were many good shots, from among his 33 fours and nine sixes, but the most astounding one was the six off Kulasekara at the end of the 48th over. Sharma walked across to off stump, took a half volley from about a foot and half away and flicked it high over the midwicket boundary. It was the kind of shot, and innings, that seemed in open defiance of physics.
Here are the stat highlights of Rohit Sharma’s world record knock of 264:
264 – Highest ODI score. He surpassed Virendra Sehwag’s record of 219 previously set for his innings against the West Indies in 2011.
264 – Highest score by an Indian in cricket. The earlier record was 248 by Shikhar Dhawan against South Africa A in Pretoria in 2013.
2 – Number of Double Centuries Rohit has scored in ODI cricket. He is the first bastman to do so. Rohit had scored 209 against Australia in November 2013.
65 – Percentage of team runs scored by Rohit. This is the third highest percentage of team runs scored by a batsman in a completed ODI innings. Kapil Dev is just ahead of him with 65.8% (scoring 175 out of of 266), while Viv Richards leads the list (69.5%) with 189* off 272.
173 – Number of balls faced. Highest by any player in a 50-over ODI.
33 – Number of fours hit. The previous record was 25, by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag during their respective ODI double hundreds.
16 – Number of sixes hit by Rohit vs Australia last November. He hit only nine sixes during his innings of 264 in this game. The world record set by him still stands.
15 – Number of balls in which Rohit went from 200 to 250, the fifth of his five fifties. He scored his first fifty off 72 balls. His second, third and fourth fifties came off 28, 25 and 26 balls respectively.
39 – Number of dot balls that Rohit played to get his first 50 runs. He only played 19 dot balls in the remainder of his innings
38.2 – Rohit’s current batting average in ODIs. Before this innings, he averaged 35.9. His average as an opener has gone up from 43.7 to 49.3 with this one innings.
198 – Difference between Rohit’s score (264) and that of the next highest scorer, Virat Kohli (66). This is the biggest difference between the top scorer and the next highest scorer in ODIs. Next on the list is Viv Richards. Eldine Baptiste made 26, while Richards made 189 against England in 1984, a difference of 163.
251 – Runs scored by Sri Lanka during their chase, 13 runs short of Rohit’s 264, and 153 short of India’s 404.
Another interesting fact is that in all the 3 ODIs (barring previous double century against Australia) in which Sachin, Sehwag and yesterday’s double scored by Rohit, India has won by exactly 153 runs.