Written By: Ehtesham Arif
Pathum Nissanka, the Sri Lankan opener, etched his name in history by smashing an incredible 210* runs in the first ODI against Afghanistan.
Nissanka's remarkable innings not only secured him the first-ever ODI double century for Sri Lanka but also placed him among the top five individual scores in ODI history.
Notably, Nissanka outshone the previous record held by Sanath Jayasuriya, who scored 189 runs against India more than two decades ago.
Nissanka's double century is not only historic but also swift, ranking as the third-fastest in ODI history. Achieving this milestone in just 136 balls, he outpaced cricket icons like Gayle and even Sachin Tendulkar.
In the aftermath of Nissanka's stellar performance, he joins the elite list of highest ODI scorers, standing alongside cricket greats like Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill, and Virender Sehwag.
During the first ODI, Nissanka formed a formidable partnership with Avishka Fernando, contributing significantly to the team's total.
His power-hitting display not only secures his place in Sri Lankan cricket history but also leaves an indelible mark on the international cricketing landscape.