Rohit Sharma’s double ton lights up Diwali

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To make the Diwali celebrations even sweeter, even more exuberant,  India has smashed 383 in front of a packed stadium in Bangalore. Rohit Sharma’s savage pull shots and exquisite lofted extra cover drives have seen him become only the third man to score a double century in one day international cricket.

His 209 sees him surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s double ton and sit just behind Virender Sehwag’s record at 219. His total of 16 sixes is the highest ever in one day internationals, breaking Shane Watson’s record which stood at 15. He’s also brought up 1,000 runs for the calendar year.

India – who looked set to post around the 320 mark – produced a Usain Bolt like acceleration plundering 101 runs from the final 5 overs. Watching it felt more like stick cricket than actual cricket. Much of the destruction was down to MS Dhoni, who recorded his 49th ODI half century. And never to be outdone, he produced one of the biggest helicopter sixes you could ever imagine. It soared over the third tier of the stadium and out of the park, measuring a staggering 110m.

This writer would like to wish all Indians both home and abroad a happy Diwali!


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