Having the opportunity to watch Sachin’s farewell test, “SRT 200”, has been an absolute joy. Whilst Sachin (74) fell an agonising 26 runs short of the fairytale send-off, it has been a fairytale start to the Test career of the talented but previously frustrating Rohit Sharma.
Rohit has become only the 5th man in history to score successive hundreds in their first two innings in Tests. That feat looks like this:
Lawrence Rowe (West Indies) – 214 and 100* in 1972
Alvin Kallicharran (West Indies) – 100* and 101 in 1972
Sourav Ganguly (India) – 131 and 136 in 1996
Yasir Hameed (Pakistan) – 175 and 105 in 2003
Rohit Sharma (India) – 177 and 111* in 2013
While the feat itself is immense, the maturity and manner in which Rohit has accumulated those runs should bring even more joy to Indian fans. For example, in Mumbai today when India number eleven Mohammed Shami came to the crease, Rohit only had 46 to his name. Controlled aggression was the name of the game (111* off 127) and the shepherding of the strike was intelligent. Once Shami had found his feet, Sharma gradually gave him more strike and instilled a confidence in his batting partner. And what a way to bring up your second Test match ton by smashing the bowler back over his head for six!
The Cricket Couch Subash Jayaraman in last week’s One Hand One Bounce explained just how excited he was to see Rohit finally get his chance of transfer the Ranji Trophy average of ~60 into the Test arena. Rohit has emphatically showed he can perform at the highest level.
What do you think Rohit can achieve in his Test match career?
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