India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma equals Rahul Dravid's Test record at home
India vs South Africa (IND vs SA) Cricket, 1st Test Day 1: Rohit Sharma in action (PTI Photo)
- Rohit Sharma has hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores at home in Tests
- Rohit's average in Tests is more than 91 as of October 2
- Rohit dominated the South African attack on Day 1 of the ongoing Test
Rohit Sharma had a dream outing in his first Test as opener as he went on to score an authoritative fifty on Day 1 of the Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa.
With his 11th fifty in Test cricket, Rohit Sharma also equalled Rahul Dravid's record for most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home. Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998.
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Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, has scored 6 successive hundreds at home over a 3-year period between 2016 and 2019. The streak includes an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017.
Rohit Sharma was under considerable pressure as he was promoted to open the innings for India after the middle-order spot was taken up Hanuma Vihari who shone in West Indies earlier this year.
Rohit Sharma did not help himself when he got out for 0 in the 3-day practice match between Board President's XI vs South Africa last month in Vizianagaram.
However, Rohit silenced his critics with a fine knock in the ongoing 1st Test in Visakhapatnam. Rohit was ready to look ugly and was beaten multiple times by South Africa pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander but he hung in and negated the crucial first hour.
Rohit Sharma started attacking the South Africa spinners and raced to a fifty inside the first session, stitching a 100-plus stand for the opening wicket with Mayank Agarwal.
Stressing that Rohit Sharma's approach showcased he was mentally ready for the Test opener's role, former India batsman VVS Laxman said it was great to see Rohit use all his experience in the opening session on Day 1.
"It was less of technique, more of application. He knew he had to go through the opening spell of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander who I thought bowled really well. They didn't give away anything to the Indian openers. The way he used his experience was great to see," VVS Laxman told Star Sports on Wednesday.
"He left a lot of balls, played with a lot of patience. The way he used his crease against Philander was good to see."