India vs SA 1st Test: Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to score two centuries in debut match as opener
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Opening for the first time in Test cricket and scoring centuries in both innings would be a dream come true for any cricketer, and if it comes after hefty debate on your role as an opener in tests, it becomes more special. ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma has achieved this feeling of extreme proud after he scored another century in the second innings of the ongoing test match against South Africa in Vizag.
With his 127 runs in the second innings, Rohit Sharma also achieved a feat that no one has ever achieved in the history of cricket. He has become the first batsman to score centuries in both innings in his first match as an opener.
After proving his mettle in the limited over game, Rohit now proved his talent against the dislikes of many who questioned his role as an opener in Test cricket.
Along with the record of centuries in both innings in his first match as an opener, Rohit also surpassed the 25-year-old record held by Navjot Singh Sidhu to hit most sixes in a test match for India. While Sidhu in 1994 had smashed 8 sixes in a test match against Sri Lanka in Lucknow, Rohit Sharma smashed 13 sixes in the ongoing test match leaving everyone behind. He also breaks the world record held by Wasim Akram to hit most sixes in a test match, who had smashed 12 sixes.
Matthew Hayden, Brendon McCullum, Ben Stokes hold the tied third position in the list with 11 sixes each.
The Vizag test match is Rohit Sharma’s first outing in test cricket as an opener. He scored a massive 176 runs in 244 balls with six sixes and 23 fours and now scored another 127 runs in 149 balls hitting seven sixes and 10 boundaries.
This was Rohit’s fifth century in test cricket and with this ton, he became the second Indian opener to hit centuries in both the innings of the Test after Sunil Gavaskar.
Posted By: Talib Khan