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Hardik Pandya Compares Rohit Sharma to Lightning After Mohali Double Century

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 15, 2017, 8:15 AM IST
Hardik Pandya Compares Rohit Sharma to Lightning After Mohali Double Century

(Photo Credit: Hardik Pandya/Instagram)

Even as cricket fans and cricketers across the world pay tribute to India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma after his blistering double century in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali on Wednesday, all-rounder Hardik Pandya reserved the best compliment as he said that lightening did strike for the third time at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Taking to Instagram, Hardik wrote: “Lightning does not strike twice? Well, it struck for the third time yesterday! Congratulations @rohitsharma45 for scoring your 3rd ODI double century. I am glad to share this special moment with you.”

"If I am not wrong, the first 100 I got was around the 38th or 39th over. So I was telling myself, if I have got this far, I am not going to get out. I was only looking to keep my shape and hit through the line. It was the same thing I did in my first two 200s. I started off pretty slow then too," Rohit said after his record third double hundred today.

Asked to rate his three double ODI centuries, Rohit refused to pick one. "Very difficult to pick one. All three came at crucial times. 264 is obviously very close to me. I've said it many times, but I honestly cannot pick one.

"The Australia one was a decider, the Sri Lanka 264 – I came back after a three-month layoff after a big injury, and this one also - after a humiliating loss, we wanted to come back as a team, as a batting unit especially," he said.

The stand-in skipper is happy because of the turnaround that happened. "It was a great day. Winning the game was important for me and the team after that loss in Dharamsala. I can keep talking about the batting that we did today, right from the start, with Shikhar (Dhawan) giving us a brilliant start, and Shreyas Iyer - it didn't look like he was only playing his second ODI," Rohit said.

"There was dew later, so it was important to get that big total.”

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First Published: December 15, 2017, 7:55 AM IST

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