The veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma was the star of the day on Day 1 of the first Test against South Africa with a stunning century in Vizag on Wednesday. With his first Test century as an opener and 4th overall, Rohit has now been averaging 98.22 in Tests in home conditions.
In 15 innings, Rohit has scored 884 runs, including four century and five fifties. Interestingly, his average is the joint-best among all batsmen with more than 10 innings, sharing the top spot with none other than the legendary Don Bradman, who also averaged 98.22 at home in 50 innings.
Moreover, Rohit joined Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, and Prithvi Shaw to become the 4th Indian to score a century when opening for the first time in Tests. Rohit Sharma also became the first Indian to score a century each, across formats, as an opener.
Sharma is now the seventh batsman in the world to score a century in Tests, ODIs and T20Is as an opener, after Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, and Tamim Iqbal.
Talking about his knock, after the end of day’s play, Rohit said, “I think it suits my game. Just wear the pads and go in to bat. I don’t like the waiting game. You know the bowlers who are bowling with the new ball, so the game plan is easier for you… At number six, the ball is reversing, field placement is different and you need to keep all those things in mind.”
As far as the match is concerned, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against South Africa. Rohit’s opening partner, Mayank Agarwal hit his maiden Test century to pile on the misery against South Africa on day two of the first Test on Thursday.
Mayank moved from his overnight 84 to complete his hundred with a single off spinner, Keshav Maharaj, early in the morning session. India, who resumed on 202/0 after the final session of the opening day’s play was washed out, surpassed the 300 run mark which helped them to stitch out the third-highest opening partnership for India as Rohit (177) was dismissed by Maharaj in the 82nd over on the scored of 317.