Rohit Sharma on Saturday surpassed former skipper Rahul Dravid’s record of hitting most international hundreds in England by an Indian batsman. He achieved the feat during the ongoing fourth Test against England at the Kennington Oval on day three of the penultimate match of the series.
Rohit Sharma hit his first overseas Test ton on Saturday to lead India’s comeback into the fourth Test after the visiting side was folded for 191 in the first innings and conceding a first-innings lead of 99.
Rohit Sharma Overtakes Rahul Dravid Who Had 8 Tons In England
Rohit Sharma has now scored nine tons in England while Rahul Dravid has eight centuries in the country. Interestingly, eight of the former’s last nine tons in England have come since the start of 2018. Overall, legendary batsman, Sir Donald Bradman has the most (11) tons in England among the visiting cricketers.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is the first visiting cricketer to hit tons in all three formats while opening in England. The Indian batsman also completed 3000 runs in the longest format of the game on Saturday.
Cheteshwar Pujara Too Contributed With 61
In the match, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 153-run stand for the second wicket enabled India to get in a dominant position on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test. At stumps, India’s score read 270/3 — a lead of 171 runs with seven wickets in the bag in the second essay.
For the visitors, Virat Kohli (22*) and Ravindra Jadeja (9*) are at the crease. The duo of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed in the same over by Ollie Robinson soon after the pair brought up their 150-run stand. While the opener fell to a pull shot on 127, Cheteshwar Pujara was caught in the slips for 61.
The opener who has represented the national team since 2007 has made 41 centuries in international cricket—29 in One Day Internationals (ODI), 8 in Tests, and 4 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is)—as of September 2021. He holds the record for the highest number of T20I centuries.
Rohit Sharma hit a purple patch in the World Cup 2019 in England scoring 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00 with five hundred and a half-century. During the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition.