Rohit Sharma leapfrogged Steven Smith’s record of best average in the ongoing ICC Test championship and with a double-hundred in the ongoing Ranchi Test against South Africa, he has recorded an average of 132.25 from four innings.
Rohit has scored 529 runs in three Tests and has three centuries. Smith, on the other hand, has scored 774 runs from seven innings at an average of 110.57. He does top the list in terms of runs scored but in terms of average, Rohit is way ahead of the former Australian skipper.
Rohit, who was promoted to open the innings for the South Africa series, started with twin centuries in Vizag. He failed to convert his start into a big one in Pune but come the third Test, he converted his century into a double-century to go past Smith’s average and also overtook Don Bradman’s home average once again.
While Rohit’s all runs have come in the ongoing series against South Africa, Smith’s run came in Ashes 2019. He was the highest run-scorer in the series. The 30-year-old could have scored some more runs in the series but had to miss the third Test.
In terms of average, BJ Watling (91.50) comes next to Smith and is followed by Colin de Grandhomme (83.00) and Ajinkya Rahane (81.16).
Talking of the ongoing India-South Africa series, India are leading the series 2-0 and are dominating the visitors in the third Test as well. Riding on a double-century from Rohit, India put up a total of 497/9 on the board. He was well supported by Ajinkya Rahane, who scored his first home century after three years.
In reply, South Africa have lost two wickets for a score of nine with Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock getting out early. Bad light and rain on the second day again meant that the day’s play ended early.