Rohit Sharma put up another spectacular show in the third test match between India and South Africa as he notched up his maiden test double century on the second day in Ranchi, on Sunday, October 20. Sharma reached the milestone in style as he struck a fantastic six off Lungi Ngidi on the first ball of the 88th over. Sharma who came out all guns blazing on second day looked determined to score a 'daddy' hundred but had to wait as the umpires called for lunch just after he reached 199. Playing his first series as India's test opener, Sharma has ensured to secure his berth as the test opener after a brilliant first match in the series where he scored a century in both the innings.
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Twitter soon exploded with praises for Sharma's double century. Netizens also compared his batting style with former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and considered his knock as a tribute to Sehwag who turned 41 on Sunday. Cricket expert Harsha Bhogle also tweeted about the Rohit's double ton and said that it was career-defining knock by the batsmen and hopefully there are more centuries on the way.
Rohit Sharma:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) October 20, 2019
Scored his century with a Six
Scored his double century with a Six
Happy Birthday Sehwag 😍
Just Activated to say that,— Akki (@CrickPotato1) October 20, 2019
“We have had champions, we have had legends, but we have never had another Rohit Sharma and we never will.”
2019 is truly Rohit Sharma's year. Won the IPL as captain of Mumbai Indians. Then cracked five tons in ODI World Cup. Now, has slammed three tons, including a maiden double ton, in his new avatar as Test opener. He continues to entertain & astound... #INDvSA @ImRo45— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) October 20, 2019
Resuming Day two after rain forced an early halt on Day one, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane began the day with positive intent as they rotated the strike and took quick singles. South Africa's attempt to rattle the Indian batting line-up with a renewed pace attack on a fresh day did not stop the Sharma-Rahane duo from marching on ahead, as Rahane notched up his century whereas Sharma scored 212 off 255 balls before losing his wicket to Lungi Ngidi. At the end of 96 overs, India scored 393 for 5 wickets with Ravindra Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha on crease.