India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma joins elite league with 9th hundred in 2019

first_imgRohit Sharma continued his phenomenal run as a Test opener with his 3rd hundred of the series, allowing India to get past early jitters and take a commanding position on Day 1 of the third Test against South Africa at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.Rohit Sharma joined an elite company of Sachin Tendulkar, Graeme Smith and David Warner to become only the fourth opener to score 9 centuries in a single calendar year in international cricket.In the company of Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma helped India recover from a top-order collapse as he broke a flurry of records en route his 6th Test hundred. Rohit (117*) and Ajinkya Rahane (83*) shared an unbeaten 185-run stand which is the highest for India for the fourth wicket against South Africa, bettering 178 between Virat Kohli and Rahane in the previous Test in Pune.All 6 centuries of Rohit Sharma have been scored in India which means only Mominul Haque (8) has scored more hundreds at home than India opener, among batsmen who haven’t scored one in away Tests.India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportRohit, who hammered 14 boundaries and four sixes, became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries in a series against South Africa. In the process, his run tally in this 3-match series crossed the 400-run mark and he surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 388 to amass most runs by an Indian player in a series against South Africa.With the majestic six against Dane Piedt, Rohit Sharma also went on to break the world record for the most number of sixes hit by a batsman in a Test series. By the time Stumps were called, Rohit (17) had bettered Shimron Hetmyer’s tally of 15 from West Indies’ series against Bangladesh in 2018-19. Notably, the Indian record was held by Harbhajan Singh (14) before Rohit went past the tally in Ranchi.advertisementIndian openers have scored five centuries in the ongoing series against South Africa- Rohit Sharma (3) and Mayank Agarwal (2) – the most by all other openers from the country in a series. The previous most was four each – against West Indies away in 1970/71, against West Indies at home in 1978/79 and against Sri Lanka at home in 2009/10.Also Read | Rohit Sharma breaks world record after six-hitting spree in Ranchi Test vs South AfricaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s DRS blunders: India captain has not got reviews right as Test batsman in 2 yearsAlso See:last_img

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