Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma, who got off to a flying start in his debut performance as an opener in Test cricket was termed just 'okay' by New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham. A fan asked Neesham for his views on Sharma's performance in the first Test and the all-rounder replied: "I think it's fair to say he's started ok."
I think it’s fair to say he’s started ok 😳 https://t.co/a4oOGmIeIy— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) October 7, 2019
Rohit Sharma silenced his critics who were questioning his place in the side for the longest format of the game after a duck in the preparatory game. He was exceptional in the match as he scored 176 runs in the first innings and then he went on to score 126 in the second innings. With this, he became only the second Indian opener to score centuries in both innings of a Test match. After Rohit Sharma had made his way back to the dressing room during lunch on the second day of the ongoing Test match, he was patted on the back by his skipper Virat Kohli for his sparkling knock in the first innings.
In the match, Rohit also surpassed Wasim Akram to hit the most number of sixes in a Test match. He achieved the feat on day four of the first Test match between India and South Africa. India vs South Africa saw the most number of sixes hit in a Test match as a record 37 sixes were hit during the recently concluded Test in Vizag. The previous best was 35 during the Sharjah Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in 2014.
With this performance, Sharma reached his career-best 17th position in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. India won the first Test against South Africa by 203 runs and the team will face the Proteas in the second Test, slated to begin on October 10.
(Inputs from ANI)