Indian opener Rohit Sharma smashed a brilliant century in the ongoing second Test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. It was his seventh century for Rohit in the longest format. Interestingly, all of Rohit’s centuries have come on home soil to date.
Rohit Sharma, who first hit a couple of boundaries off England vice-captain Ben Stokes, then scored a six and a four whilst pulling him in the 12th over. It was then in the 15th over that Sharma hit a couple of boundaries off England spinner Jack Leach to complete his fastest Test half-century.
The 33-year-old Mumbaikar took 130 deliveries for his century, lacing it with 14 fours and two sixes.
Last month, in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, Sharma played his first Test since November 2019 and began with promise. But he failed to get big scores.
Rohit has now centuries in each of the 3 formats against 4 different opponents i.e., Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and England. No other player has managed to achieve this milestone against more than two opponents.
India had a dreadful start as Shubman Gill was dismissed for a duck in the second over when Olly Stone trapped him lbw. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara added 85 runs for the second wicket before Pujara fell for 21 off Jack Leach. Spinner Moeen Ali then clean bowled Virat Kohli for a five-ball duck. At the time of writing, India is batting at 248 for 4 with Ajinkya Rahane batting at 66 and Rishabh Pant yet to score his opening runs.
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