India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma hits 1st Test hundred since November 2016
India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma got to his 4th Test hundred in the second session on Wednedsay (AP Photo)
- Rohit Sharma hit a hundred in his first innings as Test opener
- This was Rohit Sharma's 4th hundred in Test cricket
- Rohit got to his 100 in 154 balls, hitting 10 fours and 4 sixes
Rohit Sharma hit a hundred in his maiden innings as Test opener and gave India firm control over South Africa on day one of the first match in Vizag on Wednesday.
This was Rohit Sharma's 4th hundred in Test cricket and the first since an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur back in November 2016.
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Rohit Sharma had made a sensational start to his Test career nearly 6 years ago when he smashed hundreds in his first two matches. Against the West Indies, Rohit made 177 at the Eden Gardens before scoring an unbeaten 111 in Mumbai - that was incidentally Sachin Tendulkar's last game for India.
Rohit's Test career has been an enigma. The only man with 3 double hundreds in ODIs and 4 hundreds in T20 Internationals, has so far failed to cement his place in the traditional format.
Rohit Sharma had to return home from Australia after the Melbourne Test for the birth of his daughter. Despite scoring 5 hundreds in the 2019 World Cup, Rohit was not picked to play the 2 Tests matches in West Indies in August.
But the team management ran out of patience with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma was slotted to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal in the first Test against South Africa in Vizag.
On Wedensday, Rohit negotiated the opening burst from Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada before unleashing his wide array of shots. He also became the second Indian after Rahul Dravid to hit 6 consecutive scores of over 50 in Tests at home.
After a dream start to his Test career, Rohit Sharma struggled to hold on to his place. Modest returns in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia startled experts even as he continued to break the barriers in the shorter formats.
Rohit Sharma showed the hunger for Test cricket with two fifties against New Zealand in 2016. He made a return to the team in whites a year later and hit a century against Sri Lanka. After a poor tour of South Africa meant he did not play the England Tests but the voices in support of a longer run in Tests for Rohit got louder with his increasingly consistent performances in the shorter formats.