Espncricinfo ODI batting award for 2013: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma
209 v Australia, Bangalore

The sheer quantity of limited-overs matches means a vast number of bilateral series pass you by without leaving an imprint on the memory. But anyone who watched the seemingly superfluous seven-ODI runfest between India and Australia last year is unlikely to forget it. A gargantuan number of runs were scored and 350-plus scores were overhauled with ease, prompting questions over whether the series was a pointer to the future of limited-overs cricket.

Topping the list of batting feats that series was Rohit Sharma's 209, only the third double-century in the history of one-dayers - all three have been scored in the last four years. While the previous two were scored by bona fide legends, this one came from a man who was just beginning to win over the legion of doubters he had amassed over a patchy six-year career. Let alone 200 in an innings, Rohit had failed to score that many in the previous year, having scratched together 168 runs in 14 one-dayers in 2012.


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