'A dream beginning' - Virender Sehwag hails Rohit Sharma's performance in the 1st Test

India won the opening Test against South Africa by 203 runs.

India won the opening Test against South Africa by 203 runs.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

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India successfully registered an emphatic win over South Africa and the performance of the players is being praised by everyone from cricketing fraternity as many new records were made and broken in this Test but one player that has astonished everyone was Rohit Sharma.

It was the first time that India’s limited-overs opener had got an opportunity to open the innings in the longer format of this game. After the conflict of interest over his selection in the team for opening spot, it had already built up pressure over 32-year-old but he got himself out with a mind-wobbling performance from his willow as he got tons in both the innings of the match.

Rohit did a record partnership with youngster Mayank Agarwal of 317 runs in the first innings but missed his double ton by 24 runs as he got out on 176. He didn’t stop there but also played a swift knock of 127 runs at a strike rate of 85.23 in the second innings and went for three consecutive sixes against the young bowler of the opposition Senuran Muthusamy. In the end, India remained successful in posting a mammoth target of 402 runs in front of the visitors.

Former Indian cricketer praised India win over South Africa

Indian fans went mad and started congratulating for his brilliant show in the opening Test but there was former cricketer Virender Sehwag who especially wished Rohit Sharma for his valuable contribution and wrote, “Fantastic test match for @ImRo45, a dream beginning to opening the batting in Test cricket. Wish him the very best. That was a convincing win for India with some great contributions from Mayank, Shami, Ashwin, Pujara. #IndvSA.

Former Indian Harbhajan Singh was noway back in wishing Team India over their dominating win over Proteas and also appreciated the performance of Mohammad Shami during the second innings of the match where he didn’t offer a single moment to the batsmen of visitor’s team to settle down. He took a fifer whereas Ravindra Jadeja too gave a valuable contribution by taking four wickets of South Africa in the last innings of the Test.

India is scheduled to play the next Test of this three-match series in Pune on 10 October 2019. Currently, the hosts are leading the series by 1-0.

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