India vs South Africa

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Author 2019-10-04 15:54:53

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If India captain Virat Kohli’s reaction after Rohit Sharma scored a mammoth 176 on his opening debut in the first Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam is anything to go by then the rift reports between the two should be nipped in the bud. An overjoyed Kohli led the applause and was the first one to give a pat on Rohit Sharma’s back after the latter stepped inside the dressing room after being dismissed at the stroke of lunch on the second day’s play.

Handed the job to open the innings, Rohit Sharma made a magnificent debut as an opener as he smashed 176 in the first innings of the ongoing Vizag Test. Rohit, who had made his Test debut against West Indies in 2013, was never a regular in the playing XI in the longest format.

KL Rahul’s poor run with the bat saw the selectors drop him for the home series and handing the opening job to Rohit, who did not get a place in the playing XI in West Indies.

South Africa series was considered to be a make or break series for team India’s white-ball vice-captain and he exceeded all expectations with a fluent 176 in the first innings.

His innings came to an end when Keshav Maharaj got him stumped on the second day. On his way to the dressing room, the senior batsman was lauded by the players and coaching staff. But skipper Kohli appeared to be the most delighted one with Rohit’s effort in his maiden outing as Test opener.

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