Rohit Sharma opens up about his record-breaking knock of 264

On November 13, 2014, Rohit Sharma shattered the record books when he blasted his way to the highest-ever individual score in One-day internationals (ODIs).

During the fourth ODI of the five-match series against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Rohit struck 264 off 173 balls. The knock which was studded with record 33 fours and nine sixes.


After 3 years, on the day he played this historic knock, the Mumbai lad, along with his team India teammates were present at the Eden Gardens as Virat Kohli & Co. will take on Sri Lanka in the first match of the three-match Test series starting from 16th November.


Talking to BCCI.tv about the knock, Rohit revealed what went through his mind before he came out to bat, while he was batting and after the match was over.

“I am here at the historic Eden Gardens where a lot happened in my life on 13th of November 2014. I still remember clearly what all happened that day. Prior to the match, I was very nervous as I didn’t sleep properly. Five-six hours of sleep is never a good idea before a big game. I didn’t start my day on a good day. If you don’t have a proper sleep, it messes up things. I moved on from that, came to the ground and I can still remember doing warm-ups, taking a few catches before the start.”


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“I was very nervous as I was waiting for the toss to happen and Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bowl first. I also remember walking out of the home pavilion with thousands of fans cheering and waiting for the team to do well. It was a wonderful set-up to walk out. I was just thinking about how it is going to pan out. I walked out into the middle, played a lot of balls, took my time at the start and I can still remember that I scored my first fifty off 74 balls (73 balls actually).”

“As soon as I got to my 100, it was all about me making mistakes and getting out. I kept telling myself that I can bat as long as possible and try to get as many runs as possible. I kept batting and didn’t try to hit too many shots. As the outfield is really fast here, I was just trying to find gaps and hit the ball through that. I continued to bat and eventually, I got to that 264 score and we ended up scoring 404. After the game got over, I went to the hotel and slept well. It was a memorable day in my life and I cannot forget that. Yes, it is a historic ground and for me, it is a memorable one as it gave me a lot of memories to cherish,” he added.

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