LAST UPDATED: Feb. 13, 2021, 2:02 p.m.
New Delhi (Aarti Pokhriyal): Rohit Sharma strikes his century over a year on the first day of the second test. After a striving first session, India look a little calm during the second session. Rohit Sharma is playing the role of a leader. It will be a relief for Sharma fans. He finished his century with 14 fours and two sixes. This is the seventh hundred of Rohit Sharma’s career.
The right-handed batsman, on way to his seventh Test ton, took an aggressive route to return to form, playing his shots on a wicket that offered nothing to the fast bowlers but plenty to the spinners.
The 33-year-old took 130 deliveries for his century, lacing it with 14 fours and two sixes. Sharma got India off the mark with a boundary through extra cover even though fellow opening partner Shubman Gill had fallen in only the second over of the match. He then dealt in boundaries reaching 41 off 36 balls at the first drinks break, hitting six fours and a six. Sharma reached his fifty — with two more fours — just after the drinks break off 49 deliveries. He went to lunch at 80 off 78 deliveries.
Even as his 85-run with Cheteshwar Pujara ended and Virat Kohli fell for a duck, Sharma continued playing shots.
After his double century in Ranchi against South Africa in October 2019, the Mumbai batsman had failed to put up a big score, scoring just one half-century. He also missed a few Tests due to injury and Covid-19 quarantine.
Last month, in the third Test against Australia in Sydney, Sharma played his first Test since November 2019 and began with promise. But he failed to get big scores.
Applause from the Chepauk crowd, Appreciation from all-round for @ImRo45 as he completes fine hundred in tough conditions. #INDvENG #TeamIndia
After the early loss of wickets for India, It looks like there has been an alteration of the plan during the Lunch break on Day 1.
Meanwhile, Rahane is also looking good. The plan would have to be sustained on the crease for as long as they can.
India’s scored 150/3 so far and the partnership also crossed 50 runs. Kohli and coach Shastri would be hoping for these two men to continue to play like this. On Saturday, he ensured he stayed on to complete not just fifty but a century and looked good for more after lunch. By the team India reached the 150-run mark, he had scored over 2/3rd of his team’s score.