Rohit Sharma bags unwanted record, Twitter suspects Manjrekar jinxed Hitman in Vizag Test
Confirming his place to open the Indian innings in the longest format of the game, Rohit Sharma successfully solved India's top-order conundrum by smashing back to back centuries in his debut stint as opener against South Africa. Rohit not only secured his place in the Test squad, he also etched his name in the history books with his match-winning knocks against the Proteas in the first Test of the ongoing bilateral series. Thanks to his twin centuries in the Vizag Test, Rohit became the first batsman to slam back to back tons on his Test debut as opener.
Known as the Hitman for his quick-fire knocks in white-ball cricket, Rohit was at its level best when he was asked to open the Indian innings against the Proteas in the series opener. The 32-year-old first slammed a sensational 176 run knock then followed it by a crucial 127 to laid the foundation of a thumping win over South Africa.
Though Rohit recorded a record lush outing in the curtain-raiser of the three-match Test series, the Indian opener also bagged an unwanted record to his name which many fans and cricket pundits failed to highlight following India's comfortable 203-run triumph.
Rohit is out stumped!— Victor Tarapore (@VictorTarapore) October 5, 2019
- Rohit becomes the FIRST batsman to be out stumped in both innings of a Test match!
- 22nd time this has occurred.
- The last batsman out stumped twice in a Test v SA: WWII HAD NOT STARTED (Hammond in March 1939)#MakeStatsGreatAgain#INDvSA#Hitman
In both the innings, Rohit was keen on scripting and breaking records with the willow by taking the South African bowling unit to the cleaners. Interestingly, the way Rohit was sent packing in both of his innings has helped him another unique feat for India. As Rohit was stumped in both of his knocks, he became the first batsman to get involved in a stumping dismissal twice in a single Test match.
Twitter suspects Sanjay Manjrekar jinxed Rohit Sharma
Define Naara vai!— Glen McGopi (@McGopi) October 5, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar in 1st innings while Rohit is batting.
Rohit Sharma never got out stumping
Now, Got out twice now!
*June-July during Worldcup*
Ravindra Jadeja is a bits and pieces player.
Now, Jadeja is a skillful player. #NaaraVaaiNaarayanan
Before this test:— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 5, 2019
Rohit Sharma stumped out: 0.
After Sanjay Manjrekar pointing that out:
Stumped out in both innings!
#INDvSA— Hariharan Durairaj (@hari_durairaj) October 5, 2019
Day 1, Session 2
Sanjay Manjrekar : Rohit Sharma has never been stumped in his Test career
Day 4, Session 3
Rohit Sharma stumped twice in the Test!! pic.twitter.com/vDLva27eLH
As far as the history of the longest format of the game goes, such dismissal has happened 22 times and the last batsman who was dismissed in similar fashion was Wally Hammond. The ex-England cricketer was stumped against South Africa in 1939. Before Rohit's dismissal in the first innings, match commentator Sanjay Manjrekar highlighted the fact that Rohit has not been stumped in his entire Test cricket. Manjrekar's trivia about Rohit was chalked off on Day 2 of the first Test when the Hitman was stumped for the first time in his Test career.