Finally, Rohit Sharma has got the role what he wanted in the first Test of the Three-match series against South Africa. Without any further delay, the flamboyant batsman blazed his way to smash his fourth Test century of his career and first in his new role.

Meanwhile, he equals the great Don Bradman batting average. Rohit Sharma announced himself as India’s newest opener in the Test format with a stylish century on day 1 of the opening Test match against South Africa in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday.

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: BCCI)

Rohit Sharma scored 115*

And with his sensational and unbeaten 115 (as of the end of day 1), Rohit became the first Indian batsman to score a century each across formats as an opener.

The brilliant show helped him to bag a tremendous average of 98.22 in home Tests. It equals the legendary Don Bradman average in home conditions. The stat applies for the cricketers, who have played at least 10 innings. Don Bradman scored 4332 runs in 33 innings in home Tests.

Rohit Sharma was backed to open for India by skipper Virat Kohli during the pre-match press conference. Rohit Sharma repaid the faith shown in him by playing an effortless knock at top of the order. The 32-year-old was also occasionally seen stepping up to hit the South Africa bowlers for sixes.

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The Indian opener is still unbeaten and has a chance to improve his average further. While there is no chance of comparing the two batsmen as Rohit has a lot to prove in red-ball cricket, this piece of statistic though could inspire the Indian to conquer the greatest challenge of his career.