Video of Rohit Sharma First 200 in ODI : 209 against Australia : 16 Sixes

India vs Australia, 7th ODI (D/N), Bengaluru, Nov 2 2013, Australia tour of India

Match Result: India won by 57 runs

Player of the Match: Rohit Sharma

Stats: This is the fastest 200 runs record which you have missed out to note down and the other fact is Sachin Tendulkar had already said that only Rohit or Virat can break his records plus Dhoni is the Captain just because Sachin asked the Board to make him and he proved right. So I believe that Sachin also should be praised for his expertise in the game.

Expert Comment: This series has been absolutely awful. Scores almost always in excess of 300, batsmen going to hundreds in 70 balls at will. A good cricket wicket should provide an even contest between bat and ball. If India continue to play on wickets like this, they’ll never post more that 300 in tests against England, Australia or South Africa.

MS Dhoni | India captain: “There was a moment when we were under pressure after losing 2-3 quick wickets. It became a little difficult and we wanted to sore 300 and explode from there. 383 wasn’t on our mind but Rohit batted very well.

This ground has the reputation for batsmen hitting more sixes than fours, especially when you see Gayle and Virat batting in the IPL. It’s difficult to contain the batsmen here. Our Batting has been fantastic, openers have done very well but it would have been good if middle order got a few more runs. Apart form the one game, we scored in each and every game.

We have to improve in bowling, something we wanted to do on a team level also. We have chased 350+ twice but nobody talks about the Australian bowling line-up. Fantastic series overall, Australia played very well and the wickets were good. the amount of crowd that came was fantastic.”

George Bailey | Australia captain: “We went pretty close there but outstanding innings from Rohit. We were probably ahead at one point of time but didn’t have enough wickets. Faulkner and Maxwell played excellent cameos. We knew it would be tough they are the No. 1 and it’s been a wonderful series. Plenty of positives, the one-day cricket we were playing 18 months wasn’t great and we are certainly on track now.”

Rohit Sharma | Man of the Match and Series: “I didn’t really think of the 200 initially. Right from ball one I wanted to stay there. It was a small ground with a fast outfield, we knew it was going to be a big-scoring game keeping the wickets in hand.

We always spoke about building small parnterhsips and we had two big ones today. It’s been our strength throughout the series so it was heartening to see that. You never know, even 380 wasn’t looking comfortable.

Credit goes to Dhawan and Virat as well, they played very well throughout the series, we showed real character. I’m enjoying opening at the moment, just want to keep continuing and want to continue fresh. I’m looking forward to the West Indies series now and I didn’t know about the 16 sixes record.”


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