James Neesham reacts on Rohit Sharma’s twin tons, says he’s started OK

Rohit became the Player of the Match for the thumping show against South Africa.

Rohit became the Player of the Match for the thumping show against South Africa.
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Ace India batsman Rohit Sharma made a magnificent return to Test cricket in the first match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam by slamming two hundreds. He made 176 in the first innings and followed it with a 127 in the second as the hosts thumped the Proteas by 203 runs to take 1-0 lead. Rohit, who played as an opener, hit 13 sixes in the match to better Navjot Singh Sidhu’s record of eight maximums in one game.

This was the second time that Rohit hit consecutive hundreds in two innings after his 177 and 111 not out in the first two innings he played against the West Indies in 2013. His 176 saw him adding 317 runs with fellow opener Mayank Agarwal that propelled India to a commanding position. He then added vital 169 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara in the second innings to give India a healthy lead after the visitors put up a fight in the first.

The fourth and fifth Test hundreds saw Rohit getting picked as the Man of the Match even though there were good performances from other players like Agarwal (215), Ravichandran Ashwin (eight wickets in the match) and Mohammed Shami (fifer in the second innings).

Neesham replies to fan’s query

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was among several others who acknowledged Rohit’s grand display in Visakhapatnam. Neesham, who is currently playing for Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), was asked by a fan to give his view on Rohit’s knock and he gave his reply as: “I think it’s fair to say he’s started ok.”

Neesham was a member of the Kiwi side that lost the World Cup final at the Lord’s against England in a bizarre way. He had hit a six in the thrilling Super Over soon after which his childhood coach passed away.

Coming back to Rohit, the batsman’s average in Tests jumped to above 44 after his twin tons in the first Test and he could be expected to build on the opportunity that came his way after the exclusion of out-of-form KL Rahul.

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