Rohit Sharma smashes his maiden fifty-plus score as Test opener, Virat Kohli applauds from the dressing room
Mayank Agarwal also scored his first fifty against South Africa.
Updated - Oct 2, 2019 3:07 pm
India is currently playing the 1st Test in Vishakhapatnam against South Africa, amidst all the forecast on the day of the game that has been ruled out. It is a sunny day and Team India had won the toss and elected to bat. The decision seems to go in favor of the hosts as they are 202/0 until the report is written but the good news for the fans is that Rohit Sharma is playing really well for the team.
It is the first time that Mumbai batsman has opened the innings for Team India in the longest format of this sport. He has been brilliant for the team in the limited over format but this was the first time that selectors have selected him as an opener in Tests. The way Rohit is playing looks like it is just a regular match for him not a debut match as an opener in this format.
Dressing room applauds Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma looked pretty settled from the start and went onto score half-century that came in 84 balls and as soon as he reached his fifty the whole dressing room gave a standing ovation and applauded him for his brilliant knock. Virat Kohli and Co. looked graciously happy over their teammate’s success.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2019
Earlier, ahead of the start of the match when Virat Kohli was asked about Rohit Sharma featuring as an opener in the match, the Indian skipper said that they are not in hurry with him and will give an appropriate time to settle in this format, “Look, we’re not looking to rush him at all, you know, it’s about him finding his game accordingly because in India is it’s going to be a different practice that you follow abroad is going to be different. So the opening is a slot where you have to give a player space to, you know, understand his own game. So yeah, as I said, we’re in no rush. He’ll be given space to find his own game and come into his own.” Kohli said ahead of the match.
Rohit Sharma is being well partnered by Mayank Agarwal from the other end who has also scored his fifty which is his first against South Africa.