Rohit Sharma scored 212 runs in the first innings of the third Test match between India and South Africa. He broke the 200 run barrier on Sunday and went on to add another 12 runs before being caught at fine leg boundary by Lungi Ngidi. The 'hitman' - as he is commonly referred to, has now scored more than 500 runs in just the five innings he has played in this series.
Rohit was on 199 runs when he had to go back to the pavillion for the scheduled lunch break and was asked about it in the press conference after. He said, "That's the nature of the game, you can't do anything about it. I wouldn't say it's frustrating, it's just the laws of the game. The time it's supposed to finish, it has to finish at that time. But from my side, I mean, I wasn't thinking about it at all because I know the time will come and whenever it is supposed to happen it will happen. I am just trying to be positive and think positive at that particular time. I know it can get frustrating at times, but there is nothing you can do about it. I just went back happy, 199 not-out I would take that any day."
Sharma has been exceptional for the Indian side in white-ball cricket but hadn't made the cut in the longest format of the game. He was given another chance by the selectors in the South Africa series and has welcomed it with his hand wide open. When asked about it, he said, "Whenever we get an opportunity we want to make sure that we make full use of the opportunity in a good manner and perform in the best way you can. Even for me, when there was an opportunity - which was a good opportunity to bat at the top - I wanted to make full use of it or else a lot would have happened. I know it, you (reporters) would have written a lot about it. But now you will write good things about me."
With his double century knock, the Mumbai Indians captain surpassed cricketing legend Don Bradman for the highest Test average at home. Sharma has an average of 99.84 whereas the Australian has 98.22
On the records, Rohit said, "I don't think a lot about the records, because when you bat you don't know what all happens -which all records break and which records are going to be made. But these records, I will see when I stop playing. I won't see them right now.
India made 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.