Ranchi: Rohit Sharma hit maiden test double century against South Africa at a strike rate over 80 in the third test at Ranchi. The innings full of master class drives and shots was an eye pleasing one for the spectators.
On day one, Rohit started his innings carefully as India lost three top order batsmen while just 39 runs on the board. As his 5th wicket partner Ajinkya Rahane started counter attack, Rohit slowly came to mood and started to play his natural game.
Rohit completed his sixth test century in 132 balls. South Africa was in back foot as both the Indian batsmen started to dominate their bowlers. On the second day it was all about Rohit’s show at Ranchi.
He stayed calm and composed, Proteas bowlers tried to work with Rohit’s weak points. But the 32 year old Indian opener was well focused in his game.
The right handed batsman is one of the fine players against spin and he executed his game perfectly. He easily found gaps in the five men surrounded boundary. Rohit’s strike rate in the first session of day two was above 100, which is very rare in the format.
Rohit completed his first Test Double century with a six against South African pacer Lungi Ngidi as he launched a pull over deep square leg. Indian opener hit another six in the same over but gave away his wicket in the next over.
This innings assured Rohit’s place in the test team as an opener. Also an answer for many questions regarding his ability to play test cricket. Rohit scored centuries in both the innings of the first test match.