It Was A Special Hundred - Rohit Sharma

After scoring a new world record score of 264 for India against Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International in Kolkata, Rohit Sharma says it was "a special hundred".

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Returning to international cricket after a finger injury, he hit 33 fours and nine sixes to surpass Virender Sehwag's previous best of 219.

Having scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore last year, he also became the first player to repeat the feat of hitting a double-century in an ODI.

"Getting to a hundred is always a special feeling and (it's) no different for me. It was a special hundred," he said.

Although Sharma faced 173 balls in all, he had to take his time to settle back into things and he explained how he had to build his innings.

"I had to build an innings, there is no doubt about that. Initially, the first 10-15 overs was not easy, coming back from injury, playing after two months (out of the game).

"I was feeling a little out of place, I should accept that.

"You know, the free-flowing stroking was not coming as naturally as it comes to me, but I wanted to get stuck in the middle.

"That required a lot of dedication, determination, so yes, I kept telling myself that no matter what, how many ball I play, I need to stay there because I know that I can cover up any time."

He revealed that although before the match he knew that the previous record stood at 219 but he didn't realise at first that he had passed it.

"I knew he got 219 (Virender Sehwag against the West Indies in 2011), because the last time I scored 209 someone said 'You've missed the world record by ten runs', but seriously, when I was batting, I wasn't looking at that.

"You must have seen on TV also, I was a little shocked or a little surprised, because when I saw my teammates in the dressing room standing and giving me the ovation, I was a little surprised as to what happened.

"But then I realised, ok, it must be the 219, I must have overpassed it. So yeah, it's a good feeling, you know, most importantly, I'm happy that I batted for 50 overs.

"To start from the first over and to bat to the end of the last over is something which is really pleasing for me."

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