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Rohit first batsman to hit two tons in maiden Test as opener

October 05, 2019 16:54 IST

Rohit Sharma

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma celebrates scoring a hundred in his first Test as India opener. Photograph: BCCI

Rohit Sharma on Saturday became the first-ever batsman to score two centuries on debut as a Test opener after he reached the three-figure mark for the second time in the ongoing first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.

 

Rohit, who had scored 176 in his first innings as a Test opener on day one of the match, made 127 off 149 balls on fourth day.

Rohit also became the sixth Indian to score a hundred in both innings a Test.

Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar (3 times), Rahul Dravid (2 times), Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have also made centuries in both innings of a Test.

The 32-year-old stylish right-hander also broke the record for most sixes in a Test with 13 hits over the fence, surpassing Pakistan great Wasim Akram who smashed 12 in a game against Zimbabwe in 1996.

Rohit cleared the boundary six times in the first innings, while in the second essay his knock was laced with seven sixes. 

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