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Rohit Sharma, century
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Rohit Sharma Enters In A Special Record Book After Reaching No.10 Position In Test Batting Rankings

Rohit Sharma is already a big name in limited-overs cricket. But the recently concluded home Test series against South Africa has put him into the new position. Those unstoppable performances in that Test series have helped Rohit to reach another incredible height.

Rohit Sharma is already one of the most consistent performers in the limited-overs format. In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Rohit was the most run-scorer as he scored 648 runs in nine innings with an average of 81.00, including five centuries.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

At present, Rohit is the no.2-ranked ODI batsman and joint no.7-ranked T20I batsman. But, before the recent home Test series against South Africa, Rohit was struggling to set up himself in the Test squad.

Due to the opening batting crisis, the Indian team management thought to watch Rohit as a Test opening batsman. Though Rohit is now a renowned opening batsman in limited-overs cricket, he never played as a Test opener before the South Africa series.

After the conclusion of the South Africa Test series, Rohit Sharma massively climbed up to the Test batting rankings

The first Test of the three-match Test series against South Africa at Visakhapatnam was Rohit’s first Test in this calendar year. Moreover, it was his first experience as a Test opener. In that game, Rohit broke many top records and scored 176 and 127 runs.

Rohit Sharma, Test rankings
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Rohit didn’t shine in the second Test at Pune as he scored 14 runs in the first innings. However, he cleared most of the doubts in the third and final Test of that series at Ranchi.

In the first innings of the Ranchi Test, India were once struggling on 39/3. But the new Test opener Rohit Sharma was unstoppable along with the middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane. Once again Rohit broke many records and hit his maiden Test double century. He scored 212 runs in that innings and massively helped India to set a good first innings total that guided the hosts to clinch an innings victory.

Due to those amazing performances in Test cricket, Rohit has climbed up to the 10th position in Test batting ranking. With this latest Test ranking, Rohit became the third Indian batsman to achieve the top 10 rankings in each of three international formats.

Former Indian top-order batsman Gautam Gambhir was the first Indian to achieve this feat. Later, the Indian captain Virat Kohli put his name in this special list. Now, Rohit Sharma became the third Indian batsman to reach this top spot.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Credits: Twitter
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Watch: Virat Kohli’s Sarcastic Reply On MS Dhoni’s Retirement

In the last Test match against South Africa in the Ranchi ground, a special guest was present during the match. The Ranchi boy, MS Dhoni, was present in the JSCA ground on the fourth day of the third Test match. On the fourth day, India needed two wickets to win the Test series and the task was completed debutant Shahbaz Nadeem. India won the three-match Test series against Proteas by 3-0.

MS Dhoni has not played any match for four months. After the disheartening semi-final defeat of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the player announced that he will serve the Indian army. He took two months break from the game. He went to spent the time with his family in America.

After his return, everyone hoped that Dhoni will play the home T20I series against South Africa. But Dhoni had another plan and he made himself unavailable which increased the speculation of his retirement. Also, there are reports that he will not play the upcoming home T20I series against Bangladesh which is scheduled in November.

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Dhoni and Kohli share a good bond. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Virat Kohli’s savage reply

MS Dhoni was present in the Ranchi ground which has made everyone eager to hear him. In the post-match ceremony, Virat Kohli was asked about MS Dhoni’s future in cricket. The skipper has always spoken less on this subject and this time he gave a sarcastic answer.

Virat Kohli replied, “He is here, in the change-room, come and say hello to him.”

MS Dhoni’s future?

Nobody knows about the future of MS Dhoni. Everybody wants to know the answer to “what will be his next step?”. He was seen playing football for charity in Mumbai. Dhoni is ready to make debut in Bollywood film alongside Sanjay Dutt. However, he is silent on the future of his cricket.

Fans are waiting to see the player in the cricket ground playing for India. Though there is news that he will play ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which is scheduled in Australia.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test – Statistical Highlights

India won the three-match home Test series against the visiting side South Africa by the 3-0 margin after claiming a big victory in the third game of this series at Ranchi.

After India won the toss, they managed the first innings total of 497/9 (decl.). Later, the visitors were all out on 162 runs in their first innings.

After enforcing the follow-on, India bundled out South Africa for 133 runs and won this match by an innings and 202 runs.

Brief Scores: India – 497/9 decl. (Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115; George Linde 4/133)

South Africa – 162 (Zubayr Hamza 62, George Linde 37; Umesh Yadav 3/40) & 133 (Theunis de Bruyn 30, George Linde 27; Mohammed Shami 3/10)

Result – India won by an innings and 202 runs

Here are some of the important statistical highlights of this match

(Teams’ stats)

India

i) The hosts India hit 47 sixes in this Test series.

  • It is the most number of sixes for a team in a Test series. The previous record was 40 sixes by Australia in Ashes 2013/14.

ii) India won this Test match by an innings and 202 runs.

  • It is the largest Test victory (by an innings) during the India vs South Africa Test match. The previous record was winning by an innings and 137 runs in the previous Test at Pune.
  • It was India’s sixth-largest Test victory (by an innings).

iii) India won this three-match Test series by 3-0.

  • It is the first time when India successfully managed to whitewash South Africa in the Test series.

South Africa

i) South Africa lost this match by an innings and 202 runs.

  • It is the joint third largest defeat (by an innings) for South Africa.

i) In the entire Test match, the visitors South Africa only faced a total of 626 balls.

  • It is the lowest number of balls faced by South Africa (when South Africa batted both innings) in a Test match against India. The previous lowest was 647 balls which South Africa faced during the Mohali Test in November 2015.

India and South Africa

i) The total number of sixes in this Test series was 65.

  • It is the joint-most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series. During The Ashes 2013/14, Australia and England hit a total of 65 sixes.

(Players’ stats)

Rohit Sharma (India)

India, South Africa
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i) Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma scored his ninth international century as an opener in 2019.

  • It is the joint-most number of international centuries for an opener in a calendar year. Sachin Tendulkar (1998), Graeme Smith (2005) and David Warner (2016) are also in the leading position with nine international centuries as an opener in a calendar year. No other opening batsman has surpassed this record.

ii) Rohit Sharma hit 19 sixes in this Test series.

  • It is the record number of sixes for a batsman in a Test series. Shimron Hetmyer (Windies) was the previous record-holder as he hit 15 sixes during the two-match Test series against the hosts Bangladesh in November 2018.

iii) Rohit Sharma slammed his maiden Test double-century.

  • Rohit Sharma became the fourth batsman to hit at least one double century in both the Test and ODI format. The other cricketers in this list are Sachin Tendulkar (India), Virender Sehwag (India) and Chris Gayle (West Indies).

iv) Playing his 51st Test innings, Rohit Sharma (51 Test sixes) hit 50th Test sixes.

  • Rohit Sharma became the fastest Indian batsman to hit 50 Test sixes. MS Dhoni was the previous record holder who completed 50 Test sixes in 78 Test innings.
  • Rohit Sharma became the sixth Indian batsman to hit 50 Test sixes.

Ajinkya Rahane (India) 

India, South Africa
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i) Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored his eighth Test century at the no.5 batting position.

  • It is the joint-second most number of Test centuries at the no.5 batting position by an Indian batsman. Polly Umrigar also hit eight centuries at this batting position. On the other hand, Mohammad Azharuddin is leading this table with 16 Test centuries at this special batting position.

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (India)

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

i) During the first innings of this Test, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane put the 267 runs partnership for the fourth wicket.

  • It is India’s third-highest Test partnership for any wicket against South Africa. The top two records in this list are 317 runs opening wicket partnership between Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma at Visakhapatnam in October 2019 and 268 runs second-wicket partnership between Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid at Chennai in March 2008.

Umesh Yadav (India)

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i) In the first innings, Umesh Yadav scored 31 runs off just 10 balls with the strike-rate of 310.00.

  • It is the highest strike-rate for a batsman who faced at least 10 balls in a Test innings. The previous record was 281.81 by the New Zealand cricketer Stephen Fleming who scored 31 not out off 14 balls against South Africa at Auckland in September 2004.

ii) During South Africa’s first innings of this Test, Indian pacer Umesh Yadav managed his fifth successive three-wicket haul in the Test innings in India.

  • After the former Caribbean pacer Courtney Walsh, Umesh Yadav became the second pacer to claim three-wicket haul in five successive Test innings in India.

Wriddhiman Saha (India)

Wriddhiman Saha, catch
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)

i) Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (103 catches) completed 100 international catches as a wicketkeeper.

  • Wriddhiman Saha is the fifth Indian wicketkeeper to take 100+ international catches. 

Heinrich Klaasen (South Africa)

India, South Africa
Heinrich Klaasen (Image Credit: Google)

i) On his Test debut, South African wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen managed to make four dismissals during the first innings.

  • It is the joint best performance in an innings by a Test debutant South African wicketkeeper. David Richardson also made four dismissals in an innings of his debutant Test match (against West Indies at Bridgetown in April 1992).

George Linde (South Africa)

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George Linde (Image Credit: Google)

i) Debutant South African left-arm spinner George Linde had the first innings bowling figures of 31-2-133-4.

  • It is the second most expensive bowling figures in an innings by a South African spinner on his Test debut. Leg-spinner Ian Smith is the record-holder in this list with the bowling figures of  51-15-143-4 against England at Nottingham in June 1947.

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Google)

i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored just five runs (1 and 4 runs) in this Test match.

  • It is the lowest aggregated score for a South African captain in a Test match against India when the captain batted in both innings. Faf du Plessis was also the previous record holder with just 10 runs (8 and 2 runs) during the Johannesburg Test in January 2018.
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Ravichandran Ashwin. BCCI
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Ravichandran Ashwin Set To Play Vijay Hazare Trophy Semi-Final In Less Than 24 Hours Of Ranchi Test

The 33-year-old off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a successful series in the recently concluded three-match home Test series against South Africa. After completing the whitewash in this Test series, Ashwin is now getting ready for the domestic cricket. Ashwin will now serve Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20 semi-final. In fact, he will begin this semi-final journey in less than 24 hours of the conclusion of Ranchi Test.

The recently concluded home Test series against South Africa was Ashwin’s first Test series in 2019. Before this Test series, Ashwin last played for the national team in last December during the Adelaide Test. In that period, Ashwin was struggling with his fitness and also was inconsistent with the ball.

In this year, Ashwin featured in the English County Championship Division One where he served in Nottinghamshire. Though his team totally disappointed in that tournament as they relegated to Division Two, Ashwin performed remarkably well. He played only five matches but took 34 wickets and finished as the second most wicket-taker for his team. Ashwin gained massive confidence from that tournament.

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Ravichandran Ashwin playing for Nottinghamshire (Image Credit: Google)

Ravichandran Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker in the Freedom Trophy 2019/20

Finally, he earned a spot in the Test playing XI during the Visakhapatnam Test, the opening Test against South Africa. While the other bowlers were struggling to pick up wickets during South Africa’s first innings, Ashwin bagged seven wickets in that innings. He finished that Test after picking up a total of eight wickets.

In the second Test at Pune, Ashwin took four and two wickets respectively. He was wicketless during South Africa’s first innings in the recently concluded Ranchi Test but managed to claim one wicket during the visitors’ following-on innings.

Despite not taking many wickets in the Ranchi Test, Ashwin finished this Test series as the leading wicket-taker. The Indian off-spinner scalped 15 wickets in three matches of this series with an average of 25.26.

Ravichandran Ashwin, semi-final
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Google)

The series finished early on Tuesday (22nd October), while Wednesday (23rd October) would be the fifth or final day of the Ranchi Test.

However, Ashwin is not in the resting mood. While he got an off-day, he wants to utilise it for his domestic side Tamil Nadu. On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu will play against Gujarat in the semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20.

Through his official Twitter account, Ashwin has announced his upcoming plan.

He posted, “Freedom series done and dusted, off to Bengaluru now for the #VijayHazareTrophy. Stay committed to the course and the course will stay with you. ☺️”

Meanwhile, another Indian Test member, Mayank Agarwal will also feature in the semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20. On Wednesday, while Karnataka will face Chhattisgarh in the other semi-final, Agarwal will play for his domestic side Karnataka.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Four) – India Completes Whitewash After Registering A Record Victory

The hosts India completed the whitewash in the three-match home Test series against South Africa after claiming a massive victory in the third and final Test of this series at Ranchi. India won this match by an innings and 202 runs – their record Test victory (by an innings) against South Africa.

South Africa started the fourth day on their overnight score of 132/8 in the following on innings. The day lasted for just two overs long as South Africa only added one run before losing back-to-back wickets. Debutant Shahbaz Nadeem bagged both the wickets of the day.

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During the toss of this match, South African captain Faf du Plessis brought Temba Bavuma as the proxy captain. However, it didn’t change his luck as the Indian captain Virat Kohli once again won the toss and decided to bat first.

The first session of the game was very hard for the hosts as they once went down to 39/3. However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane‘s brilliant 267 runs partnership for the fourth wicket became the game-changing moment for India.

Ajinkya Rahane (115) scored his first home Test century since October 2016. Meanwhile, the opener Rohit Sharma (212) slammed his maiden double century in Test career.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Later, Ravindra Jadeja also played a patient knock of 51 runs off 119 balls. Tailender Umesh Yadav created a record after finishing with the batting strike-rate of 310.00. He stunned everyone by scoring 31 runs off just 10 balls, with the help of five sixes. These performances helped India to score 497/9 decl.

Indian bowlers dominated later part in this game

Then Indian bowlers dominated in back-to-back innings. At first, the visitors were bundled out for just 162 runs. Zubayr Hamza (62 runs), Temba Bavuma (32 runs) and the debutant George Linde (37 runs) were the only batsmen in that innings to register the double-digit scores.

Among the Indian bowlers, the pacer Umesh Yadav dominated with the bowling figures of 9-1-40-3.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Leading by 335 runs, Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to enforce the visitors for follow-on. This time South Africa were bundled out on just 133 runs. Theunis de Bruyn (30 runs), the concussion substitute of the opener Dean Elgar, was the highest runs scorer in that innings.

In that innings, another Indian pacer Mohammed Shami destroyed the top-order visiting batsmen as he finished with the bowling figures of 10-6-10-3.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, India won the first two Tests in the big margins. They won the first Test at Visakhapatnam by 203 runs. Meanwhile, India won by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test at Pune.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Three) – Statistical Highlights

On Monday (21st October), during the day three of the Ranchi Test, the Indian bowlers totally dominated on the hopeless Proteas batsmen.

South Africa started the day on their overnight first innings score of 9/2 and they were bundled out for just 162 runs. At the stumps of day three, South Africa were battling on 132/8 in their following on innings.

Brief Scores: India – 497/9 decl. (Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115; George Linde 4/133)

South Africa – 162 (Zubayr Hamza 62, George Linde 37; Umesh Yadav 3/40) & 132/8 (Theunis de Bruyn 30*, George Linde 27; Mohammed Shami 3/10)

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the day:

(Teams’ stats)

India

i) After the end of the first innings for both teams, the hosts India managed 335 runs lead.

  • India achieved the second-highest lead against South Africa at the end of both teams’ first innings in a Test match. The record is leading by 347 runs in Kolkata Test in February 2010.

ii) Indian pacers have already taken 10 wickets in this Test match.

  • It is the joint-most wickets for the Indian pacers in a home Test match against South Africa. In the previous Test of this series at Pune, Indian pacers recorded 10 wickets.

South Africa

i) In their first innings of this match, South Africa lost their last seven wickets for just 55 runs.

  • It is the second-lowest runs add for the last seven broken wickets for South Africa in their first innings of a Test match against India. The lowest record is 45 runs during the Kolkata Test in February 2010.

India and South Africa

i) The total no. of sixes in this Test series is 65.

  • It is the joint-most number of sixes in a Test series. During The Ashes 2013/14, Australia and England hit a total of 65 sixes.

(Players’ stats)

Umesh Yadav (India)

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i) Indian pacer Umesh Yadav managed the bowling figures of 9-1-40-3 during South Africa’s first innings. It was the fifth consecutive three-wicket haul for Umesh Yadav in home Test innings.

  • After the former Caribbean pacer Courtney Walsh, Umesh Yadav became the second pacer to claim three-wicket haul in five successive Test innings in India.

Virat Kohli (India)

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i) It is the eighth time when the Indian captain Virat Kohli enforces the opponents to follow-on.

  • It is the most times for an Indian Test captain to enforce the follow-on. Mohammad Azharuddin was the previous record-holder as he enforced the follow-on for seven times.

Faf du Plessis (South Africa)

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i) South African captain Faf du Plessis scored just five runs (1 and 4 runs) in this entire game.

  • It is the lowest aggregated score for a South African captain against India in a Test match when the Proteas captain batted both the innings of the game. Faf du Plessis was also the previous record holder with just 10 runs (8 and 2 runs) during the 2018 Johannesburg Test.
Umesh Yadav, three wickets
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India Vs South Africa: Umesh Yadav Picks Fifth Successive 3-wicket Haul, Equals Courtney Walsh’s Record

Umesh Yadav had an amazing day against South Africa on the day three of Ranchi Test. He was successful in sending back the visitors to the pavilion with his fast bowling. In the ongoing Test match against South Africa, he has picked five wickets.

In the first innings of South Africa of Ranchi Test, Umesh Yadav picked three crucial wickets which led the visitors to go all out on 162 runs. Umesh, with that three-wicket haul, has made another record. He became the second fast bowler to pick at least three wickets in five successive innings in India after the Caribbean pacer Courtney Walsh.

In Hyderabad Test against West Indies, Umesh’s figure was 6/88, 4/45 and now against Proteas, his figures were 3/37, 3/22 and 3/40. These were his record in the five successive Test innings in India.

Umesh Yadav, three wickets
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Umesh Yadav has impressed in the entire Ranchi Test match

On the second day of the third Test match, India declared the innings at 497 runs at the loss of nine wickets.

In the first innings of South Africa, Umesh picked three crucial wickets. He first dismissed Quinton de Kock and then the captain Faf du Plessis. Then he picked the wicket of debutant George Linde who scored 37 runs. The visitors were bundled out on 162 runs.

Skipper Virat Kohli announced the follow-on as India has the lead of 300+ runs. Quinton de Kock had a bad day as he again got out on the ball of Umesh Yadav. Another Wicket took by the fast bowler was of Heinrich Klaasen who scored 5 runs.

Umesh Yadav not only contributed in the team through his bowling but also through his batting. Everybody in the ground was shocked to see the player hitting sixes all over the ground. He hit five sixes in the different area of the field on the second day of this Ranchi Test. In just 10 balls, he scored 31 runs which were the fastest by the player.

Jasprit Bumrah‘s injury turned as a fortune for Umesh Yadav as he got the chance in the Test squad. Umesh has successfully grabbed the opportunity and has proved beneficial in the absence of yorker king.

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India Vs South Africa 2019/20: Third Test (Day Three) – India On The Verge Of Completing Whitewash

The hosts India are on the verge of completing whitewash in the three-match home Test series against South Africa after dominating the day three of the Ranchi Test. Before this third and final Test match of this series, India already won the first two matches of this series.

While India scored 497/9 decl. in their first innings, South Africa scored just 162 runs in their first innings. At the stumps of day three, South Africa were batting on 132/8 in their following-on innings.

South Africa started the day three on their overnight first innings score of 9/2. On the fifth ball of the day, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis lost his wicket after Umesh Yadav’s superb delivery bowled him. South Africa went down to 16/3 after that wicket.

Another overnight batsman Zubayr Hamza fought hard with Temba Bavuma in that tough situation and managed that moment very well. In his third Test innings, Hamza registered his maiden fifty in 56 balls. Hamza and Bavuma brilliantly built up a strong partnership of 91 runs for the fourth wicket.

The left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke that partnership after he bowled Hamza who was batting on 62 runs off 79 balls. He hit 10 fours and only six in that innings.

South Africa faced a big collapse

The 31-year-old international debutant Shahbaz Nadeem got his first international wicket in his fourth over while he yet to concede a run. Nadeem dismissed Bavuma (32 runs) through the stumping and has opened his Test wicket account.

The next Proteas batsmen failed to stop that collapse. Test debutant Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket on six runs after Jadeja bowled him. At lunch, South Africa were batting on 129/6.

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India national cricket team (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Apart from the debutant George Linde, none of the other tailenders reached even the five runs mark. Linde and Anrich Norje were batting very patiently as they put 32 runs in around 18 overs.

Linde scored 37 runs before Umesh Yadav dismissed him. In the next over, South Africa ended their first innings after Nadeem dismissed Nortje who scored four runs off 55 balls.

Among the Indian bowlers, Umesh Yadav (3/40) picked up three wickets while Mohammed Shami (2/22), Shahbaz Nadeem (2/22) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/19) scalped two wickets each.

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Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Leading by 335 runs, India forced the visitors to follow-on.

Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as a concussion substitute for the visitors

There was no improvement during South Africa’s second innings (following on) of this match. At tea, the visitors were struggling on 26/4. Opener Quinton de Kock (5), Zubayr Hamza (0), captain Faf du Plessis (4) and Temba Bavuma (0) all lost their wickets cheaply.

The second session ended early after another Proteas opener Dean Elgar received a massive blow on his helmet when he was facing Umesh Yadav. Elgar immediately fell on the ground. Physio quickly came on the field and checked him. After that, Elgar decided to retire-hurt.

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Dean Elgar fell on the ground after suffering a blow on his helmet (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

At early of the third session, Heinrich Klassen lost his wicket cheaply again. Umesh Yadav trapped him for lbw while he just managed to score five runs.

The visitors lost their wickets at regular intervals in that session. After George Linde (27 runs) lost his wicket in a run-out, Theunis de Bruyn came to bat as the concussion substitute of injured Dean Elgar.

Later, Dane Piedt (23 runs) and Kagiso Rabada (12 runs) lost their wickets but de Bruyn (30*) remained not out till the end of the day. At the stumps of the day, de Bruyn was batting with Nortje (5 not out).

In that innings, Mohammed Shami (3/10) picked up three wickets while Umesh Yadav (2/35) bagged two wickets. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1/36) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/28) took one wicket each.

In the second half of the last session, Rishabh Pant kept wicket for India as a replacement of injured Wriddhiman Saha.

Rohit Sharma, double century
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Rohit Sharma Takes A Dig At The Media After Smashing A Double Century

In the ongoing home Test series against South Africa, Rohit Sharma is in a great form with the bat as a Test opener. After scoring his maiden Test double-century, Rohit took a dig at the media.

Before the ongoing home Test series, Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was struggling to enter in the playing XI in Test cricket. He was not consistent in Test cricket, where he generally batted at the middle-order before this series.

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Meanwhile, the team management was not finding the proper opening partners in Test cricket. As Rohit is very much experienced and hugely successful as a limited-overs opening batsman, the selectors decided to observe him as a Test opener in the ongoing home Test series. Before this Test series, he never played as a Test opener.

Many former cricketers supported this experiment. However, some have come out with their doubts as they believe that Test cricket and limited-overs cricket are totally different.

Finally, Rohit played as an opening batsman in the first Test of the ongoing three-match Test series against South Africa. In that Test match at Visakhapatnam, Rohit scored 176 and 127 runs.

Rohit Sharma, double century
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

He failed to achieve success in the Pune Test where he scored 14 runs in the first innings. However, he has crushed many doubts with his brilliant knock in the ongoing Ranchi Test.

After winning the toss in this Ranchi Test, India decided to bat first and went down to 39/3. However, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane handled that pressure situation superbly. Later, in that innings, Rohit completed his maiden double century in Test career. Finally, he lost his wicket after scoring 212 runs. He and Rahane (115 runs) played very crucial roles for the hosts who settled the first innings total of 497/9 decl.

Wanted to use the opportunity to full: In-form Rohit Sharma

In the ongoing Test series, Rohit has already scored 529 runs in four innings with a superb average of 132.25. After the first innings in Ranchi Test, Rohit has become the fourth most run-scorer as an Indian batsman in the three-match Test series.

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At the end of day two of Ranchi Test, Rohit took a dig the media.

Rohit said, “Wanted to use the opportunity to full. Otherwise a lot would have been said and written (about my Test career). You folks write a lot about me. Now you will write some good things I hope.”

While it was the first Test double-century for Rohit, it was also his sixth Test century. He feels that it was the most challenging knock in his Test career.

India are already leading the three-match Test series by 2-0. They are now busy to register another victory in the ongoing Ranchi Test. At the stumps on day two of this Test match, South Africa were struggling on 9/2.

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Watch: A Fan Invades The Field To Meet Proteas Cricketer Quinton De Kock

In cricket, field invasion has now raised as it is happening quite regularly, especially in India. Once again we saw it in the ongoing Ranchi Test between India and South Africa where a fan entered in the field to meet the visiting cricketer Quinton de Kock.

India and South Africa are currently busy in the Ranchi Test which is the third and final Test of this series. The Test match started on Saturday (20th October).

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On the day one of the ongoing Ranchi Test, once a fan broke the security and entered to the field. He ran to meet the Proteas cricketer Quinton de Kock who was busy on the field. While Heinrich Klaasen has made Test debut and playing the wicketkeeping role, de Kock is playing as a non-wicketkeeper. After hugging the Proteas cricketer, the fan tried to touch de Kock’s feet but the security members immediately caught him and forced him to move outside the field.

In that chaotic moment, the fan missed out his slipper on the ground. Soon, Quinton de Kock returned that slipper to the fan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMxYiirk3z4&feature=youtu.be

Similar fan invasion happened earlier in this series

India have already won the Test series as they are leading it by 2-0 ahead of the ongoing Test. India won the first Test at Visakhapatnam by 203 runs and second Test at Pune by an innings and 137 runs. In both those Test matches, we saw the field invasion.

During the Visakhapatnam Test match, a fan invaded the field to meet the Indian captain Virat Kohli. That fan also took a selfie to catch that moment.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google(

In the Pune Test, a Rohit Sharma fan broke the security to meet his idol and tried to touch his feet.

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Image Credit: Google

These field invasions not only interrupt the game, but it also put the serious question on the field security.

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Like the previous two Tests of this series, India are dominating in the ongoing Ranchi Test. After struggling on 39/3, Rohit Sharma (212), Ajinkya Rahane (115) and the other middle-order batsmen helped India to score 497/9 decl. In reply, South Africa were battling on 9/2 at the end of the day two.

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