Rohit Sharma hits first double century
Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored his first double hundred in test cricket against South Africa. India won the series with 3-0. Sharma became only the 4th batsman to hit a double hundred in Test and ODI cricket – after the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Chris Gayle.
Rohit reached the landmark in 249 balls, smashing 28 boundaries and 4 sixes and finally departed for 212 from 255 balls when he was caught at the fine leg boundary by Lungi Ngidi off Kagiso Rabada.
He is also only the 5th Indian opener after Vinoo Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to score 500 runs in a Test series.
He also surpassed former Australia cricketer Don Bradman’s record of highest average in Test cricket on home soil.
The right-handed batsman broke the 71-year-old record previously held by Bradman. The legendary cricketer had an average of 98.22 on home soil in Test Cricket.
Rohit’s average rose to 99.84 after the batsman smashed his first double century.
Interestingly, Rohit Sharma hit his double hundred on Virendra Sehwag’s birthday who also had hit double tons in test cricket. What a birthday gift, we say!