As India's star opener notched up his maiden double century on the second day of the third test match against South Africa, Rohit Sharma in the press conference on the second day said that this was one of the most 'challenging knocks' that he has played. Sharma who reached the milestone on the second day had to wait patiently as the umpires called for lunch after he reached 199. India's star ODI and T20 opener, who is playing his first test series as an opener and has secured his berth as the opener after magnificent performances throughout the series. Sharma scored brilliant centuries in both innings of the first test match against South Africa in Vishakhapatnam which was his first test match as an opener.
"The communication between me and the team management about me opening was happening for a long time, so I knew it was coming soon. Hence, I was mentally prepared for it. Speaking of this particular knock, definitely, it is the most challenging knock. I would say I haven't played much Test Cricket, I have played only 30 test matches. So yes, in terms of what was thrown at me in this particular test match, I would definitely say it was probably 'the most challenging one."
Ajinkya Rahane registered his eleventh Test century against South Africa on Day two of the third Test in Ranchi on Sunday. Ajinkya Rahane's gritty knock of 100 runs came off 169 balls, with 14 boundaries and one six. 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 India crossed the 250 runs mark on the first session of the day.
India have completely dominated South Africa in the ongoing three-match Test series between them in India. India sealed the series victory in the second match itself by thumping the Proteas by a margin of an innings and 137 runs. The series has totally belonged to the Indians in all three departments of the games. India will look ahead for a whitewash of South Africa with the third match which is underway at Ranchi. The third match has already witnessed India give a tough time to the Africans as Rohit Sharma notched up his maiden Test double century. With his double century, this is the first time ever that three Indian batsmen have scored a double century in the same Test series.
India scored a total of 497 for 9 wickets before declaring their innings when the tea break was scheduled. South Africa were hampered by the Indian pace attack of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who dispatched Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock early in their innings. The day's play was called off because of bad light and the visiting team ended the day with 9 runs for 2 wickets on the scoreboard.