Rohit Sharma scripted history with his hundred vs Australia; joined an elite list of batters in cricket
The first test between India and Australia is being played at a rapid pace. In just four and a half sessions, a total of 15 wickets have fallen, and India has already taken a first-inning lead. India started Day 2 at 77/1, with Indian skipper Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 56.
Ravi Ashwin was not out at zero. Both batters added 42 important runs for the second wicket. Ashwin got out after scoring 23 runs. However, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara (7) and Virat Kohli (12) cheaply as well. From 118/1, India slipped to 168/5.
Debutant Suryakumar Yadav also couldn't do much in this first match and got out after scoring just 8 runs. But it was the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, who stood on the crease and was like the lone survivor in the Indian batting line-up. And with that, Rohit has also brought up his ninth Test century.
The Indian captain scored his last century way back in September 2021 against England at the Oval. And after a gap of one and a half years, he touched the three-figure mark in the longest format once again. Notably, it was also his first test century as an Indian captain, and with this, he achieved a quite rare feat in Indian cricket history.
Rohit recently scored an ODI century in the third and final ODI against New Zealand last month and has carried on his form. Although his strike rate dropped slightly on Day 2 compared to Day 1, this was largely due to wickets falling, as he reached his century off 171 balls.
With this century, Rohit became the first Indian captain to score a century in all three formats. Overall, he is the fourth captain to score a century in all three formats after Babar Azam, Faf du Plessis, and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Notably, he has completed his double and scored a century in all three formats as a captain and as a player both.