Rohit Sharma becomes first Indian to achieve staggering feat after stellar century against South Africa

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Author 2019-10-03 02:43:09

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Rohit Sharma couldn't have asked for a better debut as a Test opener as he steamrolled South African bowlers on the opening day of the first Test of three-match series at the Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The Hitman announced himself in style with a stellar century in his maiden Test innings as an opener in the longest format of the game. He slammed an unbeaten 115 off 174 balls powering India to a strong total of 202/0 on the board at stumps on Day 1.

With his stupendous knock which was laced with 12 fours and five sixes, Rohit became the first-ever Indian batsman to achieve a staggering feat in international cricket. Rohit now holds the record of being the only Indian batsman to have notched up centuries across all three formats of the game - ODIs, T20Is and Tests as an opener. No other Indian batsman has ever managed to score centuries in all three formats of the game.

The expectations were hight form all corners as Rohit took the field for the first time as an opener in Tests in Vizag on Wednesday. Just days ago, he was competing for a spot in the middle-order with the likes of Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane. But he was trusted with a new role at home and was touted by captain Virat Kohli to replicate his white-ball heroics in red-ball cricket.

Rohit did not disappoint and played a sublime knock showing an array of strokes to counter the South African pacers, who troubled the right-hander initially with the new-ball. But a few overs later, as the ball lost its shine, it was Rohit show all the way as the Mumbai batsman stole the thunder with a much-awaited century - his fourth overall in Tests.

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While Rohit remained unbeaten on 115 at stumps after day's play was stopped due to rain, his opening partner Mayank Agarwal stood unbeaten on 84 off183 balls. Agarwal perfectly played the role of second-fiddle alongside Rohit as the duo added an unbeaten stand of 202 runs for the first wicket. They will be looking to continue from where they left when the second day's play starts in Vizag on Thursday.

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