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Updated: November 2, 2013 20:23 IST

I wanted to play big: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma celebrates his double century as captain M S Dhoni watches, in the 7th ODI cricket match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengalore on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Rohit Sharma celebrates his double century as captain M S Dhoni watches, in the 7th ODI cricket match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengalore on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Sharma joins Sachin and Sehwag in the all-Indian club of ODI double-centurions

Smiling ear to ear after becoming only the third cricketer ever to smash an ODI double hundred, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma on Saturday said he went in with the intent to “play big” and successfully executed the plan on the small ground.

Sharma joined Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in the all-Indian club of ODI double-centurions in international cricket when he cracked a 158-ball 209 against Australia in the seventh ODI here.

“To get 200 runs is a wonderful feeling. The idea was to stay on the wicket and capitalise later. This is a small ground and it’s easier to hit and I just took my chances,” Rohit said as he caught his breath after the exhilarating knock, which included a world record 16 sixes and 12 fours.

The 26-year-old said he was looking to play aggressively after getting a hundred in the second one-dayer in Jaipur, which India won to square the series.

“It is really coming off very well. I got a hundred in the last game and I just wanted to carry on from that. I wanted to play big. I just wanted to keep the momentum going,” he said.

In the course of his hurricane innings, Sharma became the record-holder for most sixes in a match, crossed 1000 runs this year besides breaching the 3000-runs mark in his ODI career.

The Mumbaikar laughed when he was asked about the mix-up with Virat Kohli which led to latter being run out and leaving the field angrily.

“It happens sometimes. It’s all a part and parcel of the game,” he said with a cheeky smile.

Sharma, who has now played 108 ODIs, has finally got a Test call-up as well and is sure to make his debut in Sachin tendulkar’s farewell Test series against the West Indies next month.

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Simply FANTASTIC and UN BELIEVABLE Performance for ROHIT. Hearty Congrats to him and wish many more such cameo innings and make us all proud. Muralidhar R, Chennai.

from:  R.Muralidhar
Posted on: Nov 3, 2013 at 04:37 IST

The talk of "small boundaries or small ground" is really funny. Is the tennis court or football court ever small or big? Why cannot cricket have a fixed size for the boundaries?

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 19:27 IST
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