On February 24, 2010, India’s iconic Sachin Tendulkar made history as he became the first man on the planet to score a double century in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). However, until this event, a double ton ODI seemed impossible. Many players reached 170s, 180s, and even 190s, but nobody crossed the golden milestone, but it all started with Tendulkar when he broke all the barriers in an ODI game against South Africa at Gwalior.
Since then, many batsmen followed the footsteps of ‘Master Blaster’ and scored a double hundred. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill, Chris Gayle, and Fakhar Zaman are those unique names in world cricket who have achieved the milestone in the 50-over format.
Though, when it comes to T20 cricket, a similar landmark is yet to be accomplished. The highest score in T20Is has been attained by Australia’s limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch who smashed 172 against Zimbabwe in 2018. In the T20s overall, the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle has smashed the highest individual score (175*) against Pune Warriors in 2013.
Many fans believe that a double century in the shortest format is unachievable, but former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif thinks otherwise. While speaking to Uttar Pradesh captain Priyam Garg on the Helo chat session, the erstwhile cricketer felt that there is one batsman who can surely reach this incredible feat.
Kaif took the name of Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma and said he has all the ability to score a double ton in T20s. Kaif opined that once the Mumbaikar crosses 100, he bats with a strike-rate of 250-300, so he can reach the milestone.
“Rohit Sharma has the ability to do it because his strike-rate keeps on increasing during his knock. He takes time at the start, but once he crosses 100, he will bat at 250-300 strike-rate. He can do it, but it’s a very tough task. During our days, it was tough for a team to score 200-250 in 50 overs, but now many are talking about 400-500 scores”, said Kaif.
Speaking about Rohit, then he is the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODI cricket. Also, the 33-year-old has 4 T20I tons to his name, which is more than anyone else.