Indian opener Rohit Sharma smashed a tremendous century in the ongoing second Test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. It was the seventh ton for Rohit in the longest format. Interestingly, all of Rohit’s centuries have come on home soil till date.
Rohit brought up his hundred off 130 balls when India reached 147/3. The Mumbaikar was looking in good touch with the willow in the last few weeks since returning to the whites after injury.
Rohit has now scored hundreds in each of the 3 formats against 4 different opponents – Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and England. No other cricketer has managed to achieve this feat against more than two opponents.
Earlier, India got off to a dreadful start as Shubman Gill was dismissed for a duck in the second over when Olly Stone trapped him lbw. Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara added 85 runs for the second wicket, before Pujara fell for 21 off Jack Leach. Spinner Moeen Ali then clean bowled Virat Kohli for a five-ball duck.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) February 13, 2021
This Rohit innings might help demonstrate why Trevor Bayliss was so keen to have one attacking opener: on tough batting pitches (and England play on plenty at home) 100 off 130 can take you close to winning the game on the first day
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) February 13, 2021
There are all those times when Rohit Sharma is written off as not being a Test batsman, and then there’s today. Could be his finest knock to date. #INDvENG
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) February 13, 2021
Well played @ImRo45 One of most satisfying century in challenging conditions. Also shows the importance of positive intent, decisive footwork when batting on a tough pitch. Now convert this into a biggie. #INDvsENG #class #elegance @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/h9yGqmKJvs
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 13, 2021
Beautiful knock from Rohit. Copped some serious criticism after the last Test, but this is exactly why he’s in the side – he may already have taken India out of reach, given the pitch and the rate of his scoring. #INDvENG
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) February 13, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 13, 2021
ROHIT SHARMA now have scored hundreds in each of the three formats against four different opponents – Sri Lanka, West Indies, South Africa and England.
No other player has did so against more than two opponents.#INDvENG
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 13, 2021
Incredible innings from Rohit Sharma, brought his own pitch with him and trolling the Bannerman fans.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) February 13, 2021
Such a special player. Rohit Sharma was just born to bat. His batting today is an illustration.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 13, 2021
💯 for Hitman ☺️💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 13, 2021
Hitman 🔥 Rohit Sharma brings up his century. This is turning into a great innings from him. He’s confident, attacking. A bright spot for Team India in a shaky start to the second Test. How good! 🇮🇳🏴#INDvENG
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) February 13, 2021
Hugely important innings from @ImRo45 on a wicket that will sooner than later have your number. To get a 100 on this track will mean a great deal to him. Was missing out from Aus. Glad he got it in this very imp game.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) February 13, 2021
That Rohit 100 was so from the Sehwag school of batting! Set his own agenda irrespective of conditions & situation. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#INDvsENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 13, 2021
Top quality innings from Rohit Sharma – what a century on a turning track. He has looked very comfortable in the middle. Has been quite decisive with his footwork. Century in only 130 balls. His 4th century as the opener #INDvsENG #INDvENG
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 13, 2021
Rohit Sharma first opened the batting in a Test in October 2019. He has more centuries as a Test opener than anyone else in that timeline. #INDvENG
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) February 13, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 13, 2021
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 13, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) February 13, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 13, 2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 13, 2021
Not changed my opinion about Rohit Sharma from 3 years ago … https://t.co/ucuKp2oQNz
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 13, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2021
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 13, 2021
Mark Butcher – “Rohit Sharma batting like a genius and it’s stunning to watch”.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 13, 2021
A hundred in the team total of 147. He’s in a different league. Today’s innings is a validation of the same. This might be the only century in this Test. रो ka form Bharat ke हित mein hai 🥳🤗🤩 #INDvENG
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 13, 2021