Statistical Highlights: Test Opener Rohit Sharma Scores Twin Centuries In Visakhapatnam Test
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma achieved massive success in his first assignment as the Test opener. Not only he scored huge runs, but he also put his name in many record books, including in the world record books in Test cricket history.
Rohit Sharma is currently busy in the ongoing Test match against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. In his Test career, the right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma is playing as an opener for the first time.
He scored 176 runs off 244 balls (23 fours and 6 sixes) in the first innings of this Test match. Meanwhile, on the day four of this Test match, he scored 127 runs off 149 balls (10 fours and 7 sixes) during India’s second innings.
Here are some crucial statistical highlights of the new Test opener Rohit Sharma in this Test match
i) First batsman to score centuries in both innings in his first Test match as an opening batsman.
ii) After Sunil Gavaskar, Rohit is the only second Indian opener to score centuries in both the innings of a Test match. However, the legendary Indian opener Gavaskar did this thrice.
iii) Rohit Sharma became the fifth opener to score centuries in both the innings of a Test match against South Africa. The other batsmen were Herbert Sutcliffe (England), Jack Moroney (Australia), Phillip Hughes (Australia) and David Warner (Australia).
iv) It was the ninth time when an Indian batsman scored centuries in both the innings of a Test match. Apart from the legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar (thrice), the other earlier Indian batsmen in this list are Rahul Dravid (twice), Vijay Hazare, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
Other crucial stats
i) Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian batsman to score seven consecutive 50+ scores in the home Test. Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid was the previous record holder with six successive 50+ scores in the home Test.
ii) In his first Test opening batting experience, Rohit Sharma scored 303 runs. It is the highest aggregated runs for a batsman who first time played as a Test opener. The previous record was 215 runs by the former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan (92 & 123*) against New Zealand in August 2009.
iii) Rohit Sharma hit 13 sixes in this Test match. It is the world record of most no. of sixes for a batsman in a Test match. The previous record-holder was Wasim Akram (Pakistan) with 12 sixes against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in October 1996.
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