Rohit Sharma scores maiden 200 in Tests: Records broken
Indian opener Rohit Sharma scripted history as he scored his maiden Test double hundred, in the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Sunday. Prior to scoring the double hundred, he also went past the 500-run mark in this series as he is the highest run-scorer in this series. Meanwhile, we take a look at the records he has scripted with this feat.
Prior to scoring his double hundred, Rohit became the fifth Indian to score two 150+ scores in a Test series. He joins the elite list of Vinoo Mankad, Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag, along with his team-mate Murali Vijay. This was also the overall sixth instance of the same, with Gavaskar doing so on two occasions (vs Windies, 1978-79 and vs Australia, 1985-86).
Rohit has now become the first Indian to go past the 500-run landmark in a Test series against the Proteas. He had already broken the previous record for the most number of runs in a series against the side in Tests when he went past 400 runs. Mohammad Azharuddin earlier held this record when he scored 388 in a series.
Rohit has now also become the fifth Indian opener to score 500plus runs in a Test series. He joins the likes of Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Gavaskar and Sehwag. The last Indian opener to do so was Sehwag, against Pakistan in 2005.
Rohit has now become the fourth batsman to score a double hundred in both Tests and ODIs. He joins the select list of players like Tendulkar, Sehwag and Chris Gayle. Meanwhile, he's also the first Indian to score a Test double century with a six.
Second instance of India scoring double hundreds in three consecutive Tests— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) October 20, 2019
Mayank 215 Vizag
Kohli 254* Pune
Rohit 211* Ranchi
(Kohli 235 vs Eng, Karun 303* vs Eng, Kohli 204 vs Ban in 2016/17 was the first instance)#INDvSA
Earlier, winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first. While India were initially off to a shaky start, losing their opening three wickets with just 39 runs on the board, it was the pair of Rohit (212) and Rahane (115) who took charge of the innings. India are cruising ahead with a total of 350+ for the loss of five wickets.