Rohit Sharma took the matter into his own hands with a gritty century after India were dealt early blows in their World Cup 2019 opener against South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.
He also became the third highest century scorer in all-time list for India behind Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.
Moreover, Rohit also became the first Indian centurion of the ongoing World Cup. His unbeaten knock of 122 was laced with 10 boundaries and two sixes as he led India’s fight-back with MS Dhoni in the middle overs.
Rohit was also the top scorer of India vs South Africa clash. For the Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris managed to score 42 runs and he helped his side recover from 158/7 to 227/9 in the stipulated 50 overs.
South Africa – 227/9 in 50 overs (Morris 42, Rabada 31 not out; Chahal 4/51).
India – 230/4 in 47.3 overs (Rohit 122 not out, Dhoni 34; Rabada 2/39).
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Congratulations 2 our boys in blue. Outstanding stuff by @ImRo45 Always pleasing 2 d eyes wen he bats like dis. Commanding Victory I must say in d first game itself. Way 2 go boys #ChakDeIndia @bcci @StarSportsIndia
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) June 5, 2019
A wonderful innings from Rohit Sharma!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 5, 2019
A wonderful, mature innings from Rohit Sharma. Great assessment of the situation and seeing India through to the win in the end, a hallmark of top players @ImRo45 . A well begun World Cup campaign for Team India #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/Hmul57c4BO
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 5, 2019
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) June 5, 2019
India helps SA brexit,
RCB style – Rohit. Chahal. Bumrah.
Kept SA to a low score thanks to @yuzi_chahal @Jaspritbumrah93 & @ImRo45 took up the responsibly to chase the score! Well done #TeamIndia
Bring on the Aussies 🙌🏽 #INDvSA #CWC19
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) June 5, 2019
What a way to begin the campaign 🔥🔥🔥
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) June 5, 2019
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 5, 2019
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 5, 2019
Calm ,composed and a wonderful century from @ImRo45 ! Fantastic understanding of the situation !
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 5, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) June 5, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 5, 2019
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) June 5, 2019
With challenging circumstances and the WC pressure, this has to rank amongst one of @ImRo45's Best ODI hundreds till date. Well Played Hitman. Magnificent Hundred 👏 #INDvSA #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZYts2FxXdP
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 5, 2019
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) June 5, 2019
Top century from Rohit Sharma. Survived the tough period early on in his innings, was lucky but one pull shot off Rabada is all it took for Rohit to get into his groove.
2nd WC ton
23rd ODI ton
3rd Indian to get a ton v SA in WC after Sachin & Dhawan#INDvSA #SAvIND #CWC19
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) June 5, 2019
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) June 5, 2019
Top century from Rohit Sharma. Composed, relaxed. Rode the early tension well and has been a picture of certainty since
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 5, 2019
Sterling century by Rohit. Held the innings together, blunting SA attack when it was at its most threatening
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 5, 2019
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 5, 2019
— Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) June 5, 2019