India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma emulates Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag with Ranchi double hundred

first_img Akshay Ramesh RanchiOctober 20, 2019UPDATED: October 20, 2019 12:32 IST India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma hit his maiden Test double hundred in Ranchi on Sunday ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma got to his maiden Test double hundred on SundayRohit went to lunch at 199 not out after Ajinkya Rahane exitRohit has scored more than 500 runs in the ongoing seriesRohit Sharma became only the 4th batsman to hit a double hundred in Test and ODI cricket when the newly-promoted Test opener got to the landmark in the ongoing Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi on Sunday.Rohit Sharma joins an elite list which has Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle. Notably, Rohit has scored 3 double hundreds in ODI cricket and holds the record for the highest score in the 50-over international format — 264.India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 2: Live UpdatesRohit got to his double hundred in 249 balls, having hit 28 boundaries and 4 sixes. There were a few nervous moments for the India opener as he was a bit edgy in Kagiso Rabada’s final over before lunch. In fact, Rohit went into lunch 1 run short of his maiden double hundred in Tests.Just like Virender Sehwag who is celebrating his birthday on Sunday, Rohit got to his double hundred by hooking Lungi Ngidi for a six after lunch.Rohit has thus become the 1st batsman to score a 200-plus score in Tests after scoring double hundreds in ODI cricket. He is also only the 5th Indian opener after Vinoo Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to score 500 runs in a Test series.Rohit got to his maiden Test double hundred on Sunday in the 3rd and final Test against South Africa. The India opener resumed Day 2’s action on 117 and began dominating the South Africa bowlers at will.Rohit missed out on his maiden double hundred in his 1st Test as opener in Visakhapatnam. Rohit was dismissed for 176 in the 1st innings of the Vizag Test but the India opener made up for it by getting a game-changing 2nd innings hundred there.advertisementNotably, Rohit has become the 3rd Indian batsman after Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli to score a double hundred in the ongoing series against South Africa who have been ordinary with the ball.Rohit’s promotion to the top of the Indian batting order is proving to be a masterstroke as the Mumbai batsman is giving the much-needed solidity for the team.Rohit, who has already broken the world record for the most number of sixes hit in a Test series, has the ability to switch gears at ease. The India opener was joined by fellow centurion Ajinkya Rahane when the team was in trouble at 39/3. However, both Rohit and Rahane transfered pressure on South Africa bowlers with free-flowing approach.Rohit’s authority against South Africa spinners has been a delight to watch. The big-hitting batsman has not allowed the likes of Dane Piedt and debutant George Linde to settle into their strides.Speaking about Rohit Sharma’s ability to score runs at a quick pace, captain Virat Kohli had said: “Look, if a guy like him at the top of the order plays like the way he did in the last game then we are going to be in situations where we are going to go for victories in most of the Test matches. I think it is time to move on from talks about his spot at the top of the order.”Meanwhile, India’s newly-appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour said Rohit Sharma seems to have solve the team’s problems at the top of the order with his authoritative batting performances in the ongoing series.”He is too good a player to not play all formats. Opening the batting with him was the right decision. And the number of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening) for the time being,” Vikram Rathour said in Ranchi on Saturday.”If somebody of his stature starts coming good at the top of the order, that changes everything for the team, even when you are touring. He is such an experienced player; I don’t think you need to tinker with his technique. He just had to make some mental adjustments vis-a-vis his gameplan.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma coming good at top of the order changes everything for Team India: Batting coach Vikram RathourAlso Read | India vs South Africa: Ajinkya Rahane ends 3-year hundred drought at homeAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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