Mumbai: Stand-in India skipper Rohit Sharma celebrated his third double hundred in style, as he dedicated the match-winning effort of 208 against Sri Lanka to his wife Ritika Sajdeh on their second wedding anniversary.
His ex-girlfried Sofia Hayat expressed happiness on his milestone, but expressed some concerns. “I am happy that Rohit is gaining success. But wondering how people are discriminating things on gender. Rohit should understand it is just a 'bat-ball' game. Just that he is a man, so people are clapping,” she was quoted saying to International Business Times India.
Rohit married Ritika Sajdeh on December 13, 2015, and it was exactly two years when he slammed a 153-ball 208 to help India take to a total of 392-4 in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. Rohit eventually led the team to a 2-1 series win.
Sofia, meanwhile, also said that she would be celebrating for something better apart from Rohit’s double ton.
"No one went this crazy when Kanchanmala (Pande) won the Olympics with her disability.
"That was something more encouraging and should have been more praised as per my opinion. I would be celebrating something better or social cause, not on this for sure,” she said.
"He (Rohit) has this old habit to credit his partner. When I was in his life, I used to be credited but I use to cry only when he played bad. I'm happy that Rohit has finally found someone who is trying to make him move on from me,” she continued.
Sofia, a British-Indian model, had been dating Rohit in 2012. However, earlier this year, she had stated that she blocked the 30-year-old from her Twitter account. Sofia, who is married to model Vlad Stanescu, had earlier turned to be a nun.
Rohit Sharma and co will now take on the Lankans in a three-match T20 series, starting with the first T20 at Cuttack on Wednesday.