Rohit Sharma scores two centuries in Visakhapatnam: Twitter duly celebrated the Indian opening batsman’s fifth Test century.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing South Africa’s tour of India in Visakhapatnam, India opening batsman Rohit Sharma became only the sixth Indian batsman to score two centuries in one Test match.
Opening the batting with Mayank Agarwal (7), Sharma didn’t let his opening partner’s early wicket affect the team’s cause. Carrying on from where he left in the first innings, Sharma went on to cross the three-figure mark for the second time after opening the batting for the first time in Tests.
It is worth mentioning that vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was the last Indian batsman to score two centuries in the same Test. Much like Sharma, even Rahane had achieved the feat against South Africa in Delhi in 2015.
Playing at a brisk rate, Sharma had to initially make sure that he initially covered the damage done by Cheteshwar Pujara’s low strike rate. Even after Pujara scored a flurry of boundaries, Sharma continued at the same pace. Sharma’s natural approach is vital for India having a better chance at winning this match.
On the first delivery of the 29th over, Sharma ran a single off South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj to complete his half-century. It was eventually on the penultimate delivery of the 53rd over that Sharma ran a single off Vernon Philander to score his fifth Test century.
Rohit Sharma scores two centuries in Visakhapatnam:
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 5, 2019
Rohit makes six-hitting look so effortless. Century in both innings. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to a new chapter in his Test career. Well played 👏👏 #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 5, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 5, 2019
Take a bow🙇♀️@ImRo45 Eventually you are, where you belong to ! 👏👌
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 5, 2019
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) October 5, 2019
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 5, 2019
ROHIT …… 👀👀👀👀👀👀
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma averaging 276* as Test opener… who knew?! #IndvSA
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma – an open and shut case #INDvSA
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 5, 2019
Back to back 💯s for the HITMAN. What a player 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/fhNkhvik2i
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 5, 2019
A special test match for Rohit Sharma. Class and elegance and two centuries. Not a bad way to begin a new chapter in a career!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 5, 2019
Century in each inning in his first Test as opening batsman by Rohit Sharma. How fantastic is that! 👏👏@ImRo45
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 5, 2019
Well played @ImRo45 what a start as an opener! Setting it up for India.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 5, 2019
Consistency = RoHIT Sharma 🙌
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma now has most sixes for India in a:
— ICC (@ICC) October 5, 2019
ROHIT SHARMA has completed 9000 international runs as an opener
Highest average by any player who scored a minimum of 9000 international runs as an opener
— Sandeep Sanju (@SanjuRo045) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma now has the most runs in a Test by a batsman opening for the first time.
Previous highest: Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 215* (92 & 123*) v NZ, Galle, 2009. #IndvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma is the second in the list for most sixes in tests in 2019, he is just 5 behind Ben Stokes and Rohit Sharma has played only one test this year.
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) October 5, 2019
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