Rohit Sharma breaks world record after six-hitting spree in Ranchi Test vs South Africa
Rohit Sharma was on a six-hitting spree in Ranchi on Saturday ( Courtesy by BCCI)
- Rohit Sharma has hit 17 sixes so far in the ongoing Test series
- Rohit broke the record for most sixes hit in a Test series by a batsman
- Rohit scored his 6th Test hundred on Saturday in Ranchi
Rohit Sharma's glorious show with the bat as an opener in Test cricket continued in the 1st innings for India as the flamboyant batsman added yet another feather to his already bulky cap after he came out to open on Day 1 of the 3rd Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Saturday.
After launching Dane Piedt for a massive six-his third of the innings and 16th of the year-in the 43rd over of India's second innings, Rohit Sharma surpassed England all-rounder Ben Stokes (15) to become the batsman to hit most number of sixes in 2019. Rohit had hit 13 sixes in the first Test match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam where in he hit twin hundreds.
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With the majestic six against Dane Piedt, Rohit Sharma also went on to break the world record for the most number of sixes hit by a batsman in a Test series. Rohit (16) went past Shimron Hetmyer's tally of 15 from West Indies' series against Bangladesh in 2018-19. Notably, the Indian record was held by Harbhajan Singh (14) before Rohit went pasthe tally in Ranchi on Saturday.
Incidentally, Rohit got to his 6th Test hundred with a six off Dane Piedt. He equalled MS Dhoni and MAK Pataudi on the list of Indians with 6 Test hundreds. Rohit also became only the 2nd India opener after Sunil Gavaskar to hit 3 or more hundreds in a Test series.
Newly-promoted opener Rohit Sharma went on to put the pressure back on South AFrica after the early trouble on Day 1. This was Rohit's 8th fifty-plus score in 9 innings at home but he had to work hard for this one. Rohit weathered the storm early on and cashed in on lose deliveries to get those crucial boundaries for India.
Earlier, South Africa came out all guns blazing with pacer Kagiso Rabada leading the show in the morning session after losing the toss in Ranchi. Rabada struck early for the visitors by removing double centurion and opener Mayank Agarwal for 10. He then came up with a gem of a delivery to get Cheteshwar Pujara out for 0.
After that, Virat Kohli was given out for 12 after the India captain was trapped in front in the 16th over on Day 1. Anrich Nortje got the ball to tail into Kohli after the India captain leaned forward with very little foot movement.