Prior to this, he played 27 Tests and in all these matches, he featured in the middle order.
He was promoted as an opener after an inconsistent KL Rahul was dropped.
Meanwhile, Mayank has featured in four Tests prior to this match.
All of his Tests were outside the sub-continent.
Rohit, Mayank give India the perfect start
The two players gave India a dream start against SA. In the first session, India managed 91/0 in 30 overs. Rohit slammed 52*, whereas, Mayank is unbeaten on 39. The Proteas were disciplined with the ball and credit to the two for showing their solidity.
Can Rohit go on to get a big one?
Rohit couldn't have asked for a better start.
He batted wisely to see out the threat of Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander early on.
Once the spinners came in, Rohit grew in confidence and played some brilliant shots.