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Updated February 15th, 2024 at 15:04 IST

Rohit Sharma hits century: Everyone expected BEFITTING REPLY to haters, India captain does opposite

Rohit Sharma hit a double in the off-side to bring up his 8th century for India and it will finally shut the critics who have doubted his Test credentials.

Rohit Sharma celebrates century in IND vs ENG 3rd Test
Rohit Sharma celebrates century in IND vs ENG 3rd Test | Image:BCCI
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India captain Rohit Sharma scored his 8th Test hundred in the ongoing India vs England 3rd Test taking place in Rajkot. He only scored his first fifty in 6 months before Lunch and has been the rock behind India's revival in the IND vs ENG test after the team lost 3 wickets for just 33 runs. Rohit brought up his hundred in 157 balls with 2 sixes and 11 fours. 

Rohit hit a double in the off-side to bring up his 8th century for India and it will finally shut the critics who have doubted his Test credentials. 

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IND vs ENG: Rohit-Jadeja rescue Team India in Rajkot

Earlier in the day, Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja dropped anchor on a benign track to lead a robust recovery for India, steering the hosts to 185/3 at tea on the first day of the third Test against England here on Thursday.

With Rohit (97 batting) bringing up his 17th Test fifty, first of the series, in a shared first session between the two opponents, Jadeja (68 batting) followed his captain's feat in the second session with his 21st half-century.

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Rohit and Jadeja cashed in on a batting-friendly surface here at the Niranjan Shah Stadium, which had provided early troubles to India's youngsters in the first session.

India were left reeling at 33 for three in the first hour's play having lost Yashasvi Jaiswal (10), Shubman Gill (0) and Rajat Patidar (5), but Rohit and Jadeja rebuilt the innings.

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Rohit and Jadeja opted to grind it out in the morning session and impose themselves in the afternoon without taking any undue risks to put on 152 runs for the fourth wicket so far.

Rohit was one hit away from his 11th ton in the format and certainly a timely one given the circumstances. He has faced 154 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.

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On the other hand, Jadeja went about his business with consummate ease to reach a resolute 68 not out from 126 balls with six boundaries and one six.

The dashing all-rounder found the gaps on a packed leg-side field and his immaculate running between the wickets was the stand-out aspect of his knock.

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Jadeja had fielders standing close to his bat and even on the leg side, but the local favourite displayed excellent use of his wrists to work the ball around for singles and doubles.

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As the pitch flattened out under the sun to provide nothing in terms of assistance for the English bowlers, the visitors were forced to work with their field settings and try different angles with their bowling. But nothing seems to have worked out.

For more than one spell, express pacer Mark Wood, who rocked India twice early, barraged Rohit with a deep fine leg and deep square leg in place.

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Rohit did not find any trouble dealing with the challenge and did not mind slowing down a little in the second session to ensure he returns for the final session to keep consolidating for India. 

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Published February 15th, 2024 at 14:42 IST

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