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 indiatoday.in/sports. 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Ranchi TestFollow Virender SehwagFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow Chris GayleFollow Rohit Sharma double century India vs South Africa: Rohit Sharma emulates Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag with Ranchi double hundredIndia vs South Africa, 3rd Test: Rohit Sharma has become only the 5th India opener to score 500-plus runs in a Test series. Rohit got to his maiden Test double hundred in Ranchi on Sunday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Macys plans to close 100 stores boost online investment

FILE – In this July 10, 2015, file photo, shoppers walk into a Macy’s department store at the Hanover Mall in Hanover, Mass. Macy’s reports financial results Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments, the nation’s largest department store chain said Thursday, as it tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 per cent of its stores under the Macy’s brand.The company, which operates Bloomingdale’s stores as well, said it would increase its exclusive products and would prioritize its investments in the stores that offer the highest growth potential.That follows Macy’s move to shutter 40 stores this spring, and comes as Macy’s reported another quarter of falling profits and sales. But the results were better than analysts feared. Summer weather helped drive sales of clothing, and Macy’s says it’s seeing results from efforts to add sales staff and revamping its fine jewelry area. Its shares rose 17 per cent, or $5.80 to $39.80 in midday trading.“The announcements we are making today represent an advancement in our thinking on the role of the stores, the quality of the shopping experience we will deliver, and how and where we reinvest in our business for growth,” said Macy’s President Jeff Gennette, who will succeed Terry J. Lundgren as CEO early next year.Macy’s had been a stellar performer since the Great Recession, but in the past year and a half has seen slowing sales as it battles competition on all fronts and changing shopping patterns. People are spending more on home improvement as well as experiences like travel or spas. And when they do buy clothing, they’re going to T.J. Maxx or fast-fashion chains like H&M. They’re also increasingly researching and buying online, and gravitating toward Amazon.com, which is bolstering its store private label fashion brands. Amazon.com is by some forecasts expected to surpass Macy’s as the largest online seller of clothing next year.Under Lundgren, Macy’s has been looking for opportunities to boost sales, from buying upscale beauty brand Bluemercury to launching its own off-price stores called Macy’s Backstage. But since this past May, it announced it has to accelerate its efforts to get shoppers excited.With the store closures, Macy’s will have 666 stores including 38 Bloomingdale’s locations. That’s down about 23 per cent from a peak in January 2007 of 868 stores including Bloomingdale’s. Annual net sales at the stores Macy’s plans to shutter were estimated at about $1 billion. Many of the stores will close in early 2017, with the balance closing as leases or other agreements expire or are amended. The company has not specified which locations but said it will still have a presence in virtually all major markets.Macy’s has been under pressure from investors to sell some of its valuable real estate. Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet told analysts the company is in talks with potential buyers of its San Francisco men’s store. The plans are for the men’s store to be recombined into its main Union Square store. It’s also looking at Herald Square in New York, State Street in Chicago and downtown Minneapolis, Hoguet told analysts.The company said it earned $11 million, or 3 cents per share, in the quarter ended July 30. That compares with $217 million, or 64 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding charges related to store closings, the company earned 51 cents, which is above the 48 cent estimate from FactSet.Revenue fell 3.9 per cent to $5.87 billion. That topped the $5.77 billion estimate from FactSet. Revenue at stores open at least a year, including licensed businesses like beauty, were down 2 per cent in the second quarter. Excluding licensed departments, sales were down 2.6 per cent. That’s the sixth straight decline for that measure.The number of transactions was down 5 per cent compared to last year but that was an improvement from the prior quarter.The company said it was sticking to its outlook. Macy’s had said in May that it expects revenue at stores, including business from licensed departments, open at least a year to be down 3 per cent to 4 per cent. Macy’s also said it still expects earnings to be in the range of $3.15 to $3.40 for the year._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/adinnocenzio Macy’s plans to close 100 stores, boost online investment by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 6:50 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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