Doubted As A Test Player For Years, Rohit Sharma's Debut As Opener Has India In Absolute Awe
They said he was not consistent in the longest format of the game. They said he did not know how to protect his wicket in red-ball cricket. They said, he lacked stamina to stay on the field for days.
After giving up his wicket for a duck in the practice Test against the Proteas, Rohit Sharma put all those doubts away during the first of three Tests, as he now made his debut as an Indian opener in this format.
Ever since the first ball, Sharma has shown great caution. He waited patiently, settled at the crease, got his arms loose and then came the fireworks as the 32-year-old hit the first six of the series against Keshav Maharaj on Wednesday.
150 runs for @ImRo45 🙌🙌#INDvSA#FreedomSeriespic.twitter.com/ONNoFzTd0x— BCCI (@BCCI) October 3, 2019
After a powerpact innings, Sharma was finally dismissed on the second day, as wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock stumped him away on Maharaj's ball in the 82nd over.
Sharma, who hit a mindblowing 23 4's and six 6's during his 176-run innings, became only the fourth Indian batsman to score a ton on his Test debut as an opener after Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw.
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) October 3, 2019