Rohit Sharma shatters Don Bradman's 71-year-old record with double century in Ranchi Test
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has revived his Test career with some thunderous batting display in the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa. Not only did Rohit kickstart his Test career as an opener with two centuries in the first Test in Visakhapatnam, but the Hitman also hammered a stupendous double century in the first innings of Ranchi Test against the Proteas. Rohit has been on a record-breaking spree in the whites and carried the momentum on Sunday where the experienced opener broke former Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman’s record of highest average in Test cricket on home soil.
Rohit, who resumed his innings on Day 2 after remaining unbeaten on the opening day of Ranchi Test, went on to smash 212 runs off 255 deliveries laced with 28 boundaries and six maximums. With his double ton, Rohit’s Test average in India rose to 99.84 surpassing the 71-year-old record previously held by Bradman in Australia. A minimum of ten innings has been kept as the benchmark for the record. Rohit last nine Test scores in India are 82*, 51*, 102*, 65, 50*, 176, 127, 14 and 212.
On Saturday, Rohit also broke the record for registering the most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series (19) surpassing West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer’s 15 sixes in the series against Bangladesh in 2018-19.
So far in the series against South Africa, Rohit has as many as 529 runs to his name – the most by an Indian opener in a Test series since Virender Sehwag’s 544 against Pakistan in 2005.
Rohit, after the completion of Day 2 of Ranchi Test, said that it was tough facing the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje in the morning as the new ball was moving a bit. Rohit added that batting in overseas conditions will be a different challenge which he is looking forward after having a perfect start as a Test opener.
"New ball does something. In Pune and here (Ranchi), it was tough in the morning. Rabada spell was quite challenging. But conditions overseas will be different. Not reading too much right now, waiting for the overseas challenge as an opener," said Rohit in the post-match press conference on Sunday.