India’s new Test opener Rohit Sharma was delighted after scoring a hundred in the ongoing first match against South Africa in Vizag on Wednesday which put the home side in the driver’s seat.
Rohit was unbeaten on 115 at the end of day’s play which was cut short due to bad light and subsequent rain in the city as India reached 202 for no loss at stumps with Mayank Agarwal batting on 84.
Rohit’s hundred was his fourth in Test cricket, all have come on home soil, and his first in nearly two years in red-ball cricket. During the course of his innings, Rohit also equalled Rahul Dravid’s record for most number of consecutive fifty-plus scores in Tests at home.
Dravid had hit 6 successive fifty-plus scores between 1997 and 1998. Rohit emulated the feat at home over a 3-year period between 2016 and 2019. The streak includes an unbeaten 102 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in November 2017.
Rohit said that his plan was to trust his game and abilities and that’s what he was able to achieve against the Proteas on a good batting track at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.
“I was very clear in my mind what I wanted to do. The new ball will always do a bit in the initial overs — whether it’s red ball or white.
“I have played cricket in India for a long time now and that’s why I was aware of the conditions and knew that once you get past the first 10 overs, it becomes difficult to get wickets. And it becomes easier to score runs.
“This was my plan to tackle the new ball and then stick to what I had planned. Backing myself and my game was most important for me because it was all I had in my mind,” Rohit Sharma said after the end of day’s play.
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The 32-year-old Mumbai batsman also thanked the Indian team management for giving him the opportunity to open the innings in Test cricket.
“I wanted to take the opportunity and that’s why I made the management aware of it. I am grateful to them for providing me with the opportunity and I am happy I could score runs,” Rohit told reporters.
Rohit and Mayank weathered the storm in the first hour of play this morning and then opened up once the Proteas spinners came into the attack. Rohit hit five sixes and 12 boundaries while Mayank managed 11 fours and two maximums.
Starting the session at 91/0, the Indian openers put on 111 runs in the post-lunch session when umpires called for an early tea owing to bad light. During the break the rain picked up and play had to be called off even before the final session began.