Rohit Sharma’s journey from a prodigious talent to one of the best limited overs batsmen in the world has been fascinating to watch.
Rohit burst on to the scene at the 2007 World T20, where in he played a couple of crucial innings that went under the radar.
The Mumbai youngster really broke out in 2008, where he played a beautiful innings and provided great support to Sachin Tendulkar in the CB series final.
The on watching Aussie commentators were visibly impressed as the cricketing world felt that they had seen the birth of a new star.
Since then the expectations from Rohit have been sky high, and perhaps it played on his mind far too much.
The classy batsman did not morph into the player that everyone expected him to be, as Rohit struggled for any sort of consistency.
But all that changed in 2013, when Rohit starred against Australia in a high scoring ODI series in India.
That series is also remembered for Rohit’s double century in the deciding match. The Hitman scored a sensational 209 in Bangalore as Rohit smashed the Aussies all over the Chinnaswamy stadium.
Since then Rohit has developed into a sensational player as the opening batsman can now be considered as one of the best limited overs batsman that the country has ever produced.
Yesterday’s 208 was Rohit’s third double century in ODIs, something that puts him in a league of his own.
The fact that he was captain and it was a must-win match for India made Rohit’s innings all the more special.
And if that was not enough, yesterday was also Rohit’s two year anniversary with his wife Ritika.
Mrs Sharma was visibly emotional during the match and broke down in tears after Rohit reached his milestone.
After the match, Rohit paid tribute to his wife and even dedicated his special knock to her during the post-match presentation.
WATCH the celebrations back in the hotel as Team India marked Rohit’s special day.