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Watch: What influenced Ravi Shastri to pick microphone again?

[caption id="attachment_59855" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Ravi Shastri took an interview of Rohit Sharma last night at Mohali. Image Source: BCCI twitter Ravi Shastri took an interview of Rohit Sharma last night at Mohali. Image Source: BCCI twitter[/caption]

Internet Desk: Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma has shown the world why he is considered one of the finest modern day openers in ODI cricket after he scored a hat-trick of double century on Wednesday.

While Rohit holds the world record score of 264 versus Sri Lanka in Kolkata, he scored his first ever double ton — 209 against Australia in Bengaluru, back in 2013.

In all, seven double hundred have been scored in ODIs and three belong to the stylish Mumbaikar.

The other four double hundreds have been hit by Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle. His magical innings inspired India’s head coach Ravi Shastri to hold microphone again in a video shoot of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to ask a few questions to ‘Hitman’.



"Rohit excellent timing. Third wedding anniversary, stunning innings, third double-hundred in white-ball cricket. Where would you rate this one?" was the first question from Shastri.

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"It's so difficult to pick one because all three have come at crucial junction of the game, at difficult time and scenarios of the game," Rohit responded.

"Against Australia, it was a series decider, and the 264 which I got against Sri Lanka again that was I got after a three-month layoff as I had a finder injury. I was nervous. Will I be able to score runs or not? Those things were going in my mind.

"This one, again, having lost the first game, we wanted to come back as a batting unit really hard. I kept telling myself that unless I make a mistake, I not getting out. I want them to get me out. I don't want to throw away my wicket. So that is something I kept telling myself and I was quite determined to bat as long as possible. The wicket was superb and the outfield here is so fast. I just kept telling myself to hold the position, hold the shape and hit through the line. That's all I did."

Shastri went on with his questioning, the next one beginning with "The Hitman was in business." He asked Rohit about shot selection and some other stuff.

Rohit also lauded Team India’s trainer Shankar Basu for his improvement.

"Thanks to our trainer (Shankar) Basu," Rohit responded. "He has been working really hard with all of us. My strength is time the ball. I was just looking to time the ball, get in the line and time. I know I am not like MS Dhoni or Chris Gayle and these kinds of players. I don't have so much power but I rely on timing. Exactly what I did."

"You sure timed it beautifully. Well played Rohit. You are Rohit paisa-vasool Sharma today even for us from the dressing room," the former commentator signed off with his usual flourish.

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