My game is all about a mix of caution and aggression: Rohit Sharma after Vizag Test heroics
Rohit Sharma scored a total of 303 runs in the Vizag Test while opening for the first time for India (Courtesy by BCCI)
- India (502/7d & 323/4d) beat South Africa (431 & 191) by 203 runs to take a 1-0 series lead in Vizag
- Rohit led the way at the top, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings for India
- Rohit is the first batsman in history to score 2 hundreds while opening the innings for the first time in a Test match
Rohit Sharma had a superb outing as India's Test opener for the first time and was thankful to the team management for giving him the opportunity to let him express himself at the top of the order, which is a place where he has had tremendous success in white-ball cricket in international cricket since 2013.
Rohit led the way at the top, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings as India beat South Africa by 203 runs in the Vizag Test to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday.
Rohit became the first batsman in history to score two hundreds while opening the innings for the first time in Test cricket. He broke a number of records during both his knocks but the 32-year-old insisted that his focus was just to go out there and have some fun.
"Just wanted to go out there and do what I do best. Great opportunity for me at the top. Thankful for the chance, considering I've never done that before. Focus was on winning the Test match and I think we pretty much did everything right today.
"It's my game to mix caution with aggression. Everything depends on the situation you're batting in. There are lot of things in Test which I'm not aware of in terms of records. Focus was to have fun and put team in a good position," Rohit said at the post-match presentation.
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Rohit also revealed that the team management had conveyed him the message that he would get the chance to open in Test cricket a couple of years back which is when he started his preparations of batting against the new red ball.
"The communication to me happened a couple of years ago that I might open at some stage. So even when I wasn't playing Tests, I was batting against the new balls in the nets.
"No matter what ball you play, whether it's red ball or white ball. At the start you've got to be careful. Focus on basics - leaving ball outside off, playing close to the body. My job here is to play in a certain manner, that's what they expect me.
"Had to try and play some shots. May come off and may not come off. Bowlers are pretty smart these days. I back myself and I guess fortune favours the brave," Rohit said.
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Chasing 395 for victory, the Proteas were bowled out for 191 in their second innings in the second session on Day 5 with Mohammed Shami grabbing 5 wickets while Ravindra Jadeja finished with 4.
India consolidated their top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 160 points after this win. The two teams will now travel to Pune for the second Test which starts from October 10.