On this day: Rohit Sharma's 264 outscores Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma became the first to score two double-centuries in One-Day International cricket, having hit his maiden ODI double-hundred just a year ago.

Former Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews congratulates Rohit Sharma on his knock of 264.   -  K.R. DEEPAK

On November 13, 2014, Rohit Sharma scored his second ODI double-century at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, becoming the first international cricketer to achieve the feat. Only a year earlier, in November 2013, he had scored his maiden ODI double-century (209) against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Rohit's 264 remains the highest individual score in ODI cricket and it's the second-highest in all List-A cricket, behind Englishman Ali Brown's 268 for Surrey against Glamorgan in 2002.

The key facet to this innings was Rohit's acceleration after reaching his hundred, which came exactly at run-a-ball. That he scored his next 164 runs off 73 balls is mind-boggling.

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He went from 100 to 150 in the next 25 balls, reached 200 from 150 in 26 balls, and his last 64 runs came off 21 deliveries before he was dismissed off the final ball of the Indian innings.

On Wednesday, a tweet from the ICC read: “On this day in 2014, Rohit Sharma went big! The Indian opener smashed 264, the highest ever ODI score. The worst part? Sri Lanka dropped him when he was on 4.”

Rohit added a third ODI double-hundred in December 2017, also against Sri Lanka, at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

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