After his comeback into the Test setup, Rohit Sharma responded to all of his doubters, with an magnificent century. He was one of the most talked selection when Virat Kohli announced the team. There was pressure on him to perform with the likes of Shubman Gill knocking the door.
With Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal opening the batting, India managed a huge opening partnership, which has been a rarity these days. The duo put up 376 runs before Rohit got out on 176.
While on his way back to the dressing room, Rohit received a well deserved standing ovation from the crowd as well as the dressing room. When he was walking into the dressing room, his captain Virat Kohli was the waiting at the door, clapping thunderously, mightily impressed with what his opener had done. He patted Rohit’s back as he entered into the dressing room before closing the door.
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With his century, Rohit Sharma now has a century in all formats playing as an opener. This was also his sixth consecutive 50 plus score in the test matches in India. Though he missed out on a double hundred, his partner Mayank Agarwal went onto make his maiden test century a 200 plus score. Their performances put India in a strong position as India declared at 502 for 7, and troubled the South African batsmen when they came onto bat.
At the end of Day 2, South Africa were left struggling at 39 for 3, with Ravindra Jadeja claiming a wicket and Ravichandran Ashwin with two wickets- one of which was a classical off-spinner to Aiden Markram.
✅1st Indian to hit ? in 3 formats
✅1st player to score 4 ?s in each of the 3 formats
✅7th player to hit ? as opener in all 3 formats
✅2nd Indian to hit 6 straight 50+ scores @ home
✅Highest avg at home 98.22 equal to Bradman (min 10 inngs)
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) October 2, 2019