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Yuvraj wanted me to break Sehwag’s record: Rohit Sharma on his first double century

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Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs in 2010 then Virender Sehwag bettered Sachin's tally by scoring 2019 against West Indies in 2011.

Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh (L), Harbhajan Singh (C) and Virender Sehwag (R) celebrate (AFP) © Provided by Hindustan Times Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh (L), Harbhajan Singh (C) and Virender Sehwag (R) celebrate (AFP)

Scoring a double century in ODIs was still considered a humongous task until India opener Rohit Sharma turned it into a cakewalk. Rohit, who first scored a double hundred against Australia in Bangalore and has since then scored three double centuries in one-day cricket. He also holds the record for the highest score in ODI cricket, which is 264 against Sri Lanka. on Monday, the right-hander revealed that former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wanted him to score more runs and break Virender Sehwag's then-record for the highest ODI score back in 2013.

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Rohit had played a knock of 209 against Australia in 2013 in the final ODI to guide India to a series win over Australia. While Sehwag had scored the then highest individual ODI score of 219 runs in 2011 against West Indies in Indore.

Rohit was on an Instagram live session with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when the right-handed batsman was asked to talk about his first ODI double century.

"When I went back after scoring the double century, someone was telling me that if you would have batted another over or so you would have broken Virender Sehwag's record also," Rohit said.

"The expectation in the dressing room is really high. There were three or four guys who wanted me (Rohit) to score 10 or 15 more runs, Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) was one of them and maybe Shikhar Dhawan too," jokingly recalled Rohit during the Instagram live session with Ashwin.

In the match against Australia in 2013, India was batting first and Rohit was slow off the mark and he took his time in building the innings.

However, as soon as he got the scheme of things, Rohit started to go after the spin bowlers and in no time went past the 100-run mark.

After reaching his century, he shifted gears and went on to bring up his first double century in ODIs. He went on to play a knock of 209 off just 158 balls.

This innings helped India post 383 runs on the board, and the effort helped the side win the match by 57 runs.

Rohit, who is now the vice-captain of the ODI team, has played 224 ODIs, 108 T20Is, and 32 Tests so far. The limited-overs vice-captain has scored 14,029 runs across all formats.

Rohit and Ashwin would have been in action for the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capital respectively had the Indian Premier League (IPL) commenced from March 29.

However, the tournament has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(With ANI inputs)

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