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Netizens Applaud Rohit Sharma For Scoring Century In Both The Innings
By CricShots - Oct 5, 2019 5:56 pm
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The veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma could not have asked for a better start to his Test career as an opener. He is one of the best ODI and T20I batsmen in the world, but he was failing to leave a mark in the longest format despite making his debut in 2013. Some injuries and the form of others has seen him warm the bench more often than not.

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Rohit Sharma scored centuries in both the innings on his debut as a Test opener

India finally decided to try him out as an opener in the ongoing first Test against South Africa and he grabbed the opportunity with both his hands. In the first innings, Sharma smashed 176 while sharing a mammoth 317-run stand with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal who scored 215.

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Rohit then scored another ton in the second innings which has put India in a situation where their chances of losing the Test match are negligible. India started poorly as Agarwal fell cheaply but Sharma made sure that the Proteas do not make further inroads in the game. He along with Cheteshwar Pujara batted India out of trouble with a 169-run stand before the latter was dismissed for 81.

With India looking to win the game, they needed to score quickly and Rohit did exactly that. He reached his century off just 133 balls with the help of 9 fours and 4 sixes. He also became the sixth Indian to score a century in each innings of a Test match. And as soon as Sharma reached the three-digit mark, the cricket fraternity was quick to laud him. He also scored a hat-trick of sixes before getting out at 127 in the next over. 

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Rohit became the first Indian opener to scored two centuries in a Test match in his maiden Test as an opener and After Sunil Gavaskar, he has become the first Indian opener to do so. He also broke the record for the most number of sixes (13) hit by a batsman in a Test match. India declared at 323/4 and gave a target of 395 to the Proteas with around 110 overs to bowl for the hosts. 

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