Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma reaches his first overseas century during India’s second innings at The Oval. He crosses the 100-run style in style with a giant six Moeen Ali.
At the start of the day, England had its nose in front. The batsmen KL Rahul and Rohit took India to safety the night before, but there was still work to be done. The duo started calmly, while walking down with the free milk, while respecting the good.
Rahul, who survived an LBW decision early on, soon fell to James Anderson, but not before contributing 46 to the total. Cheteshwar Pujara then joined the fold at Rohit and they started getting up. Especially the former intentionally batted and took on the aggressor role.
Rohit was happy to play the second violin and reached his fifties after lunch. He seems stoic and determined to get the most out of his start, but has not done so on two previous occasions. Rohit especially targeted Moeen Ali and dominated the spinner with his wide range of shots.
As Tea approached, the Mumbaikar decided to continue the pace. He played a beautiful Nataraja shot from Anderson to get into the 90s. The next innings, Rohit danced on the court to Moeen and smoked the ball long for a big six to reach his century.
It was his first on foreign soil and his overall eighth century. The beat included 12 fours and a six and put India in the driver’s seat. At the time of his century, India were 96 runs ahead, with more than 7 sessions left in the Test.
As expected, Twitter was delighted with his performance and praised the batsman. Rohit has so far looked like England captain Joe Root the second best batsman on this tour, and has deservedly reached his century.
Here are some of the reactions to Rohit Sharma’s century:
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 4 September 2021
Century for Rohit at the Oval 💙💙💙💙💙💙
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 4 September 2021
– Vikrant Gupta (@ vikrantgupta73) 4 September 2021
The transformation of #RohitSharma in a world-class opening batsman was staggering. This century was inevitably given the way he struggled in this series. Privilege to see it. Class.
– Harsha Bhogle (hobhogleharsha) 4 September 2021
What a way to raise your first overseas century! Buig, Rohit Sharma. What a brilliant century.#ENGvIND
– Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) 4 September 2021
What a brilliant turn! So much time and effort https://t.co/604E9JaAxN
– Nick Compton (@thecompdog) 4 September 2021
India has a rich history of middle-order batsmen opening with a six #ENGvsIND
– Gaurav Kalra (@ gauravkalra75) 4 September 2021
– Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) 4 September 2021
#Rohit Sharma is in the best phase of his batting. Point.
– RP Singh Rudra Pratap Singh (@rpsingh) 4 September 2021
– ICC (@ICC) 4 September 2021
– Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 4 September 2021