Indian opener Rohit Sharma was at his fluent best on the opening day of the second Test against England. After having struggled in the first Test, Rohit Sharma looked in his elements right from the first delivery that he faced. On a pitch that showed a considerable turn from the first session of the Test itself, Sharma looked like he was batting on a completely different track.
He cut, pulled, drove, and swept with absolute precision as he rocketed his way into the 90s in the afternoon session. In the process, Sharma became the first Indian to smash 200 sixes on home soil across all three formats of the game.
But just as it looked like Rohit would breeze his way to his 7th Test hundred, the Indian opener endured a few close calls that proceeded to give nervy moments to his wife Ritika, who was watching with her fingers crossed throughout his knock and thousands of fans that had come to watch him play at the Chepauk.
Sharma looked eager to get to the three-figure mark, leading to him having a few close calls against the likes of Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad. The Indian opener, in an attempt to hit Moeen over his head, inside-edged one, which could have gone easily dribbled on the stumps.
Then in the same over, he tried to paddle sweep the off-spinner and nearly gave a catch at short midwicket. This was followed by a play and a miss against Stuart Broad in the next over.
The nervy moments finally ended as Rohit eventually connected the paddle-sweep off Moeen Ali to complete his 7th Test ton. Since then, Rohit has continued in his merry way and has gone on to rack up 150.