Team India opener Rohit Sharma grabbed the opportunity with both hands notching two centuries in the opening Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. In the process, Sharma scaled massive records as the host look to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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Rohit came into the playing XI in place of KL Rahul, who failed to put runs on the board after repeated opportunities. And the Mumbai cricketer has grabbed the chance to the fullest. Rohit Sharma, who was promoted to the top of the batting order responded well with two back to back centuries.
He had put on a record-breaking 317-run partnership alongside Mayank Agarwal to help India post a massive first innings total. Rohit Sharma played a massive knock of 176 runs – his fourth Test hundred and first as an opener. The swashbuckling batsman backed it up with another century in the second innings to extend India’s second innings lead.
Rohit Sharma looked convincing in both the innings dominating the South African bowling. The management will also breathe a sigh of relief as Rohit combined well with Mayank Agarwal to get India off to good starts.
With two centuries in two innings consecutively, Rohit first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score two hundreds when opening the innings for the first time. Besides, Rohit Sharma also became the 2nd Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar to hit two centuries in a Test.
Meanwhile, speaking of the game, India have taken a firm grip on the first Test with a 350+ run lead with one day still to go. The host will want to score some quick runs and give their bowlers enough time to pick South Africa’s ten wickets to go 1-0 up in the series.