Rohit Sharma was already known as one of the greatest white ball openers. However, since he began opening in Test cricket, he has emerged as the best opener in Test cricket in the modern era.
Rohit Sharma needed an overseas Test century to stamp on the fact that he is the best opener for India in all formats. And the hitman did the inevitable as he scored his first overseas test ton in the fourth test at The Oval. India were behind the game when they started their second innings. England had gained a lead of 99 runs. However, Rohit Sharma’s first overseas ton took India out of hot waters. With crucial contributions from Rahul, Kohli, Pujara, Pant and Shardul, India have set a target of 368 runs.
Rohit’s precious innings earned him praise from the cricketing fraternity. Even Michael Vaughan, who is known to troll India, couldn’t stop singing praises for the hitman.
In BBC’s Test Match Special podcast, Vaughan called Rohit a stylish player and stated that he makes pressure situations look easy.
“I can’t imagine what it feels like to bowl to him,” he added. The former England captain shared that a bowler charges in, tries his level best to put effort into that delivery and bowls it at 85 miles an hour but Rohit whips it through the on-side, making it appear like it was 3 miles an hour.”
Rohit Sharma: Making England his den
There were a lot of question marks on whether Rohit can succeed in England in Test cricket. England is one of the toughest places to bat as an opener as there is plenty of help for the seamers. However, Rohit has responded to the critics in style as he has scored a 50 plus score in almost all tests so far. Not only that, Rohit also became the first player ever to score hundreds in all formats in England while opening.
Rohit has 9 international centuries in England. He has scored the second most centuries in international cricket when comparing overseas players. Rohit is behind Don Bradman, who has 11. The most impressive fact is that all 9 centuries have come since 2017.
Rohit scored 1 century in Champions trophy 2017 against Bangladesh, two in India’s tour of England in 2018 and five in the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. With the precious hundred at the Oval, Rohit’s tally of hundred in England reached 9.
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