Rohit Sharma completed a double century of sixes in India across formats en route to his 7th Test ton where he silenced critics by scoring 161 in the second Test of the 4 match Test series against England in Chennai.
He scored 161 off 231 balls including 18 hits to the fence and 2 sixes. India is 300/6 at stumps in 88 overs after the 1st day’s play with Ajinkya Rahane scoring 67 and the Mumbai Indians skipper opener dismissed on 161.
Rohit Sharma Becomes 1st Player To Hit 200 International Sixes
The ‘Hitman’ managed an exquisite record to keep beside his name as he became the first player to hit 200 sixes in international cricket at home. The Mumbaikar who has hit 57 sixes in Tests, 244 in ODIs, and 127 in T20Is haven’t had as smooth a run in Test cricket, unlike the limited-overs formats. He seems to have become an all-format player, since being tried as an opener in the longest format of the game.
He started off the second Test with confidence despite key wickets falling at another end. The opener reached his half-century in just 47 balls and kept attacking the English bowlers to reach the triple-digit mark in 130 balls.
En route to his 7th Test ton, he completed the double century of sixes in India, accumulating the maximums in all formats of international cricket. The achievement came on the bowling of spinner Moeen Ali. In total, he hit two sixes before surpassing the 100-run mark.
Rohit Sharma Scores 1st Hundred Across Formats In Over A Year
Rohit Sharma’s ton against England in the second Test was his first in any format for the country over a year. He had struggled to breach the 3-figure mark in 2020. It is also the 4th Test hundred for Rohit Sharma in the ongoing World Test Championship.
As an opener, Rohit Sharma now has a total of 35 hundred to his name across formats. He is only one century behind second-placed opener Virender Sehwag in the list. Sachin Tendulkar heads the tally with 45 hundred to his name as an opener for the country across three formats.
Rohit Sharma earned his India Test cap against West Indies in the first Test at the Eden Gardens in his fabled predecessor Sachin Tendulkar‘s farewell series. He wasn’t going to let this opportunity go begging and embraced the Test arena immediately, easing his way to a typical 177 in his debut innings; which was a vital inning in the context of the match, dragging the momentum India’s way.
He scored an unbeaten 111 in the following Test, enchanting a tearful Wankhede in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match and taming the West Indian bowling attack.