Team India captain Rohit Sharma matched current head coach Rahul Dravid's record of international centuries following his hundred against England in the fifth Test in Dharamsala, triggering an epic meme fest on X.


Rohit Sharma smashed a scintillating 103 runs off 162 deliveries, helping India to a comprehensive triumph over the Three Lions in Dharamsala during the weekend.


En route to his century, the Nagpur-born cricketer struck 13 fours and three sixes to pile on the misery on the Ben Stokes-led side after the visitors were bowled out for 218 on Day 1 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (HPCA).


While there was assistance for spinners from the track, Rohit Sharma didn't allow Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley to settle down in their rhythm as he stepped out to smack them for sixes on multiple occasions.


As he eased through to his 12th ton in red-ball cricket, Rohit Sharma scripted history in Dharamsala.


He equaled the legendary Sunil Gavaskar's record for most hundreds scored against England. Both Rohit Sharma and Sunil Gavaskar have made 4 centuries each in the purest format against the Three Lions.


Additionally, Rohit Sharma is the second Indian after Sunil Gavaskar to register over 1000 runs as an opening batter against England.


Rohit Sharma also surpassed retired West Indies captain Chris Gayle among openers with the most tons in international cricket. While Chris Gayle compiled 42 centuries during his illustrious career for the West Indies, Rohit Sharma sits at 43.  


Rohit Sharma is only behind David Warner and Sachin Tendulkar in this segment, with the Australian topping the list with 49 tons. The God of Cricket trails David Warner with 45 hundreds as an opener.


Rohit Sharma matched batting stalwart and current Team India head coach Rahul Dravid's count of international tons.


He sits behind Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in this department, who have 100 and 80 centuries, respectively, while Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have 48 apiece.


Also, Rohit Sharma leveled Sachin Tendulkar's milestone of having struck the maximum hundreds for India after the age of 30.


Both cricketers have 35 centuries to their names after turning 30.


Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma trail Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara and Australia's prolific run-scorers, Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting, in this special list.


This was the 36-year-old cricketer's sixth three-figure score in Test cricket since 2021, the most by an Indian in the last three years.


In the same period, Shubman Gill made 4 centuries while Ravindra Jadeja, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rishabh Pant, and KL Rahul hit three each.


With his hundred against England in Himachal Pradesh, Rohit Sharma took his tally of centuries in the World Test Championships (WTC) to nine. Only premier England batter Joe Root (13), Australia's Marnus Labuschagne (11), and New Zealand's Kane Williamson are ahead of the Team India skipper in terms of three-figure scores in the WTC.


It was Rohit Sharma's fourth hundred as India captain in Test matches. Rohit Sharma's predecessor, Virat Kohli, tops the list in this metric with 20 tons. Virat Kohli is followed by Sunil Gavaskar (11), Mohammad Azharuddin (9), Little Master Sachin Tendulkar (7), two-time World Cup winner MS Dhoni (5), Bengali icon Sourav Ganguly (5), MAK Pataudi (5), and current head coach Rahul Dravid (4) and Rohit Sharma (4).


Rohit Sharma's well-crafted innings earned him rich plaudits from many former cricketers, including ex-Team India opener Aakash Chopra and veteran batter Dinesh Karthik.


Aakash Chopra reckoned that Rohit Sharma has matured as an opening batter in Test cricket, and he's now trusting his defense, which is a key element in the longest format of the game.  


“He actually batted very cautiously. It wasn't that he was set on 50, so he should start from there. He was giving himself time at the start. In fact, when the partnership was 100, Shubman Gill was the dominant partner. He had scored 65 and Rohit had scored only 33,” Aakash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.


“It's not important which player scores how many runs. It's important till where you can take that innings. The most beautiful thing that has happened in Rohit Sharma's career was when he was made Test opener. We saw the 2.0 batter as soon as he became a Test opener. He has fallen in love with his defense,” he added.


“He keeps defending calmly when he knows very well that he can hit the ball into the stands while standing at his position and whenever he wants. However, he doesn't go to that approach very early and doesn't go as repeatedly as he probably used to earlier. It was just a shift in mindset,” the former India batter stated.


“The consistency he has got as an opener since then is praiseworthy and it's necessary for a captain as well. A captain cannot demand respect. You say that you have shown it by doing it and the others can follow in his footsteps,” he explained.


Dinesh Karthik lauded Rohit Sharma for his leadership after he managed to turn the tide in India's favor after the hosts lost the first Test match and experts questioned his captaincy skills.

“You can say that white-ball comes to him a lot more naturally in terms of leading a side tactically, and he was found wanting in Hyderabad. But it's great to see him produce the result that he has with a young batting lineup and an experienced bowling lineup,” Dinesh Karthik told Cricbuzz.


“It's been phenomenal to see how he's gone about things. It's not easy having so many debutants. About five debutants in the series, but still producing the result he produced, I think he should be very proud of himself. He's been through some tough times in the last couple of months, but it's great to see him come back with a bang, not only with the bat, but also as a captain,” he concluded.