Netizens showered praise on Rohit Sharma after the India captain scripted a unique world record on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Nagpur on Friday.
There's something about Rohit Sharma and his batting…you can just never get enough.
Great knock captain ♥️#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/ij67AMG4W7
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 10, 2023
Ye century 💯 dekhne k liye aakhen taras gayi thi, what an innings @ImRo45 Calm & Composed #RohitSharma𓃵#BGT2023 #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/l3b8PzZPL5
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) February 10, 2023
161 Vs England.
120 Vs Australia.
– Two of the finest innings on Indian soil in recent times – masterclass by Rohit Sharma! pic.twitter.com/V8yo2MEETO
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 10, 2023
Captain, Leader, Legend, Rohit Sharma. pic.twitter.com/Q37amzkVS6
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 10, 2023
Respect conditions, play late, stride forward, weight transfer, dot balls, drives …
Rohit Sharma is holding online batting class please watch all junior cricketers. @ImRo45 #crisismanager
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 10, 2023
With his majestic knock of 120 off 212 deliveries against the Pat Cummins-led side at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Rohit Sharma became the first player in international cricket to score a century in all forms of the game, both as a batter and a captain.
Additionally, Rohit Sharma became the first Indian skipper to score hundreds across formats.
Rohit Sharma’s masterclass on a turning track came on a day when India’s big names, including the maestro Virat Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, fell cheaply, managing only scores of 12 and 7, respectively.
However, when it appeared like Rohit Sharma would remain the lone warrior, the indomitable Ravindra Jadeja came to the fore during the latter half of the Indian innings.
Ravindra Jadeja, India’s hero on Day 1, once again proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the visitors as he remained unbeaten on 66 at stumps on Friday.
Battling alongside him is another cricketer from Gujarat, Axar Patel, who gave Ravindra Jadeja good company and will resume on the score of 52 not out on Day 3.
The duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel was involved in an unbeaten 81-run partnership, helping India to take a healthy 144-run lead over Australia with three days remaining in the match.
Returning to Rohit Sharma, his stunning knock in Nagpur also featured 15 fours and two sixes.
It was Rohit Sharma’s ninth hundred in Test matches and his eighth at home. Besides, it was his first Test century as captain of the Indian Cricket Team after he became in charge of the side after Virat Kohli stepped down from the leadership role last year.
With his heroics in the City of Oranges, Rohit Sharma became a member of a select band of captains who have scored centuries in all three forms of the sport.
Before Rohit Sharma, current Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis, and Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan were the only captains to reach the milestone in T20Is, ODIs, and Tests.
Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking hundred left many former cricketers in awe, with former national coach Ravi Shastri leading the accolades for the Team India captain.
Lauding Rohit Sharma for etching his name in history books, Ravi Shastri, who coached the batter during his stint as national coach, credited the improved fitness that allowed him to play such a special knock in the city of his birth, which happens to be Nagpur.
“I think that the partnership between Jadeja and Rohit came at the right time for India. I think they both realized the importance of that partnership. And you could see Rohit, even after getting to his hundred, it was as if he was taking fresh guard, and starting all over again. And Jadeja has improved over the years, he believes in himself and he is a useful contributor lower down the order whenever he is needed,” Ravi Shastri told broadcaster Star Sports.
“It’s a tribute to his footwork, his temperament and skill. He has played with his wrists, played late and he is never coming hard at the ball. He has played with soft hands. A great example of how to bat on this pitch. Because of the time he has, he can play both spin and pace with good effect. And when he wants to hit, he can go big,” Ravi Shastri added.
On the other hand, Australian legend Mark Waugh said Rohit Sharma’s innings was a perfect example of a masterful Test knock.
“He has looked a class above everybody else on this surface. There has hardly been a false shot. It has been chanceless. He has put the foot down when he had to. And defended when he had. I am pretty sure he understands the value of the first-innings runs. It’s been a masterclass in Test batting,” Mark Waugh said.
Mark Waugh had previously claimed that Rohit Sharma would be the key batter for India in the series ahead of former captain Virat Kohli, who has struggled to get going in Tests for some time.
“Rohit Sharma is the key to the Indian batting. He is a very good player of spin. He has scored so quickly, that’s the thing,” Mark Waugh said on Thursday.
“You look at the rest of Indian players, I think Kohli sort of digs in and takes his time but Sharma is one guy who can take the game away from Australia quite quickly. He looked like a different player who was batting on a different surface. It was a classy innings,” he concluded.