Ever Since the team management asked Rohit Sharma to open the innings, he has become a force to reckon at that slot. He already acquired quite a few records to make it big in the Test format and it looks like there is no stopping for him at the moment. After bagging records in Visakhapatnam, he started doing the same in Ranchi as well.
Rohit Sharma scored 17 sixes in the series so far:
The right-handed batsman went on to smash 4 sixes and 13 fours to bring up his third hundred of the series. He had previously scored two Test tons in the first Test, which was his first match as an opener in the longest format.
Doing so, he joins the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in the list of most centuries scored by a batsman in a single calendar year across the formats. After enjoying quite a success in the ICC World Cup 2019, Rohit Sharma smashed three centuries in the Test format.
With the latest tally, Rohit Sharma has now acquired 9 centuries in this calendar year thus becoming the most for a batsman in a single calendar year. He joined India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Australia’s David Warner and South Africa’s Graeme Smith.
Sachin did it in 1998 while Graeme Smith registered the same number of tallies in 2005. After Eleven years, David Warner reached it in 2016 while in 2019, Rohit Sharma equalled. He has got the opportunity to become the only person when India lock horns with Bangladesh in the upcoming month.
Apart from that, Rohit Sharma became only the 2nd Indian opener to score three or more hundreds in a Test series. The only other Indian opener to do so was Gavaskar, who had done it thrice in his career.
Rohit Sharma also broke the record for the most number of sixes in a Test series. Previously, Shimron Hetmyer (15) holds the record. Now, Rohit Sharma, who got his 6th Test hundred with a six in Dane Piedt’s over went ahead of him by marking 16th six of the series. At present, he is with 17 sixes in the series and still counting.