5 Records Rohit Sharma can break as Test opener
The Mumbaikar delivered in his first innings as a Test opener and has already created a massive reputation and hype around him.
Updated - Oct 4, 2019 5:57 pm
There were all kinds of doubts. New ball worries, troubles against South Africa and his nemesis, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada. Opening the batting in Test cricket was the ultimate test. However, Rohit Sharma has put all of those to rest as he scored a scintillating knock of 176.
He was in total control of his innings that included 23 fours and 6 sixes. Whether it was against spin or pace, Rohit looked at ease during his 244-ball knock. Thus, the Mumbaikar delivered in his first innings as a Test opener and has already created a massive reputation and hype around him.
Rohit became just the fourth Indian to score a century in his maiden innings as an opener. He broke a few more records on his way to 176. However, here are five more records that Rohit Sharma can break as a Test opener.
1. Highest Test score
It is no secret that Rohit Sharma is known to score daddy hundreds. In white-ball cricket, we seldom see him throw his wicket away after scoring a ton. He usually makes it big. Out of his 27 ODI tons, 19 of them have ended up being scores in excess of 120. He has seven 150+ scores which include three double tons as well.
Hence, Rohit has the ability to bat big and long. Moreover, he has shown that once he gets set, it is very difficult to stop him. Hence, the Test record of the highest individual score may not be out of reach for the ‘Hitman’. Brian Lara holds the record with a score of 400 not out. The Indian record is held by Virender Sehwag who scored 319.
Thus, these are two scores that could well be within Rohit’s reach. In fact, he was threatening to make a big double ton in this game against South Africa as well. Hence, this is one of the records that the newly promoted Indian Test opener can achieve.