Opening the innings in a Test match for the first time, Rohit Sharma smashed a century against South Africa on the opening day of the first Test at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday (October 2).
With his century in the Vizag Test, Rohit has joined the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw in a unique list of Indian players to score a Test hundred in maiden innings as an opener.
Rohit also became the first Indian player to score a century in all three formats of the game – Tests, ODIs, and T20Is – as an opener.
Even after completing his century, Rohit continued to play with similar intent and was well supported by Mayank Agrawal as the openers took India to 202/0 at Tea on Day 1.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2019
Century for Rohit Sharma. Fine, fine knock even if the SA bowling has looked inadequate. Came at a time when his Test career was piquantly poised. Opening slot secured, up to him now how makes the future count
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 2, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 2, 2019
Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian player to score a century in each Tests, ODIs and T20Is as an opener.
There is no substitute for talent.#INDvSA
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 2, 2019
First test as an opener and Rohit Sharma answers his detractors in style. What an important 100!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) October 2, 2019
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) October 2, 2019
— Vikram Sathaye (@vikramsathaye) October 2, 2019
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) October 2, 2019
2013: Rohit Sharma scored a Test ton on debut
Scored back to back tons
Only 1 ton in his next 45 Test innings
2019: Scored his first ton as an opener#INDvSA
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 2, 2019
4th Test Century. 1st as an opener. Rohit has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Well played ☺️👏 #IndvSA
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 2, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 2, 2019
I love test cricket. Great first session! So good to watch good bowling & patient batting. Very smart batting by @ImRo45 & @mayankcricket to play out the spell of Rabada & Philander, settle in & then put on the runs. Hoping both of them go on to get big ones. #IndvSA
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) October 2, 2019
The sun has risen again.
Century in the first game as a Test opener, at home. Hopefully it builds upto many more touring.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 2, 2019
Looking like a long day in the dirt for the proteas #SAvIND
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) October 2, 2019
Gotta think outside the box here
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) October 2, 2019