Before the first Test match between India and South Africa, there were many talks going on whether the idea of Rohit Sharma opening the innings would really work or not. However, the limited-overs specialist opener shut his critics down by smashing memorable centuries in both the innings of the Vizag Test match. More importantly, Rohit scoring runs at a quick pace in the second innings helped India set a mammoth target for South Africa.
Rohit played his natural game in his first-ever innings as Test opener. He showed remarkable composure and temperament to stitch a massive 317-run opening partnership along with Mayank Agarwal in the first innings. Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned that the entire team is really happy for Rohit.
“If a guy like him at the top of the order plays the way he does, we are going to be in situations to go for victory in most of the Test matches. So we are all very happy for him. It’s time to let Rohit Sharma enjoy his batting in red-ball cricket,” quoted Virat Kohli ahead of the second Test match against South Africa.
Rohit Sharma achieved several records in the first Test match. He smashed a total of 13 sixes in the Test match which is the maximum amount of sixes in a single game. Rohit also became the only Indian opener to notch up hundreds in all the three formats. He is now part of the exclusive tally of Indian cricketers scoring centuries in both the innings of the Test match.