Rohit delights with maiden Test double ton
- The maiden Test double hundred put Rohit Sharma in the company of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle as the only batsmen to score double centuries in both Tests and ODIs
- With a total 19 sixes in the series, Rohit now also holds the record of most sixes in a Test series
NEW DELHI: Big scores are synonymous with Rohit Sharma, and Sunday was no different when the India opener delighted the holiday crowd in Ranchi with his maiden double century (212) in Test cricket, joining an elite list of batsmen to achieve the feat in both Tests and ODIs.
At lunch on the second day of the third Test against South Africa, Rohit walked back for the afternoon meal at 199 not out. But you don't attribute nervousness to a batsman who has scored three double centuries in 50-over internationals.
100 ✔ 150 ✔ 200 ✔ @ImRo45 you beauty 😍 https://t.co/FDMXsjlwcr— BCCI (@BCCI) 1571555007000
After playing a maiden over after lunch to get his eye back in, Rohit struck Lungi Ngidi for six to bring up the landmark and then followed it up with another sixer to celebrate a feat that reminded of how Virender Sehwag used to cross milestones. Coincidentally, it's Sehwag's birthday today.
In total, Rohit hit 28 fours and 6 sixes. He was 117* at stumps on day one and had brought up his century as well with a six.
Describe Rohit Sharma's maiden double hundred in Tests with two emojis... We'll start: 💥💙 #OneFamily… https://t.co/8C0wc0sZnb— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 1571554943000
With one more innings possible for Rohit in the three-Test series, he has already aggregated a mammoth 529 runs at an average of 132.25. His four innings so far in the series read 176, 127, 14 and 212. For a batsman whose red-ball credentials were being questioned before the series, it's the best way a sportsperson can answer his critics.
The maiden Test double hundred put Rohit in the company of Sachin Tendulkar, Sehwag and Chris Gayle as the only batsmen to score double centuries in both Tests and ODIs.
With a total 19 sixes in the series, Rohit now also holds the record of most sixes in a Test series.
But Rohit fell soon after crossing the milestone, caught by Ngidi off Kagiso Rabada, who has been the only South African bowler to impress.