Playing his first Test match as an opener, the senior Indian cricketer slammed a superb century.
India are dominating Proteas with the openers amassing a brilliant unbeaten 150-plus stand.
Rohit played his natural game and gained immensely.
Rohit, Mayank give India the perfect start
Rohit and fellow opener Mayank Agarwal gave India a dream start against SA.
In the first session, India managed 91/0.
The momentum was maintained after lunch as well.
The Proteas were disciplined with the ball and credit to the two for showing their solidity.
Mayank should be lauded for taking his chance in his first Test at home and supporting Rohit.
Stats and records
Rohit smashes fourth career Test ton, scripts record with Mayank
Rohit, who is playing his 28th career Test match, smashed his fourth century.
Interestingly, this was his fourth century at home and a maiden one against SA.
This was the first time Rohit and Mayank opened in a Test match for India and they etched their names into the record book.
They became the seventh Indian pair to stitch 100-plus runsin first innings.
Rohit impresses as an opener
This was Rohit's first Test match as an opener of the Indian cricket team. 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.
Rohit delivers in his debut Test as opener
There was a lot of pressure on Rohit ahead of this Test.
A lot of focus was on him in regards to how he will fare as an opener.
The celebrated white-ball opening batsman has had a start-stop career in Tests.
It was a crucial moment for Rohit and he came out with flying colors.
It's a dream start for the star Indian batsman.
Another special record scripted by Rohit
Meanwhile, Rohit also amassed his sixth consecutive 50+ score in Tests on home soil. Prior to this innings, his scores read 82, 51*, 102*, 65, and 50*.
Brilliant Rohit's tryst with records continue
With this knock, he became the first Indian player to score a century in each Tests, ODIs and T20Is as an opener.
Rohit also became the first Indian opener to hit four sixes in a Test innings before completing a century in this decade.
He became the fourth Indian opener to score a century in the maiden innings as an opener in Tests.