Rohit Sharma scored the first century by an Indian batsman in 2021 as he scored 161 in Chennai against England in the second Test. Rohit’s ton helped India get to a position of strength after they were three down in the first session. India lost Shubman Gill in the second over of the Test match. Soon after they lost Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in quick succession to jolt India early.
Rohit Sharma then added a 162-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane to help India recover and get to a position of strength in the Test match. Meanwhile, India’s white-all vice-captain got to a special landmark.
Rohit Sharma’s Unique Home Record
En-route to his seventh Test ton, Rohit also went past 200 sixes in international cricket on home soil. Rohit hit 18 fours and two sixes in his innings of 161 off 231 balls. It is also Rohit’s first Test ton in over a year and his fourth since the start of the World Test Championship. Rohit reached his half-century in just 47 balls and kept attacking the English batters to reach the triple-digit mark in 130 balls. The 33-year-old has played a total of 13 innings in the tournament for India.
Rohit also has 35 international hundreds to his name as an opener. Sachin Tendulkar with 45 tons as an opener heads the list, followed by Virender Sehwag with 36.
Meanwhile, England have bounced back in the final session after having a wicketless session in lunch. First Rohit was dismissed by Jack Leach, then Moeen Ali came back to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane who had a decision turned down in favour of him.
Earlier India lost the big wicket of their skipper Virat Kohli, for a duck which was the highlight of the day’s play. Kohli scored a valiant 72 in the second innings in the first Test but ran out of partners in his quest to save the game for India.