Twitter Reactions: South Africa bowlers gasp for breath as Rohit Sharma smacks breathless double ton

Twitter Reactions: South Africa bowlers gasp for breath as Rohit Sharma smacks breathless double ton

Just like his century, Rohit notched his double hundred with an over-boundary.

Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma got a couple of big scores against South Africa in Vizag that got him the Player of the Match award. But he would’ve been disappointed that he couldn’t convert the centuries into something bigger in the Test series. The Mumbai batsman has racked up three double tons in ODI cricket and hence, isn’t quite alien to getting the massive knocks under his belt.

In Pune he missed out and a peach of a delivery from Kagiso Rabada got rid of him. However, he parked the disappointment of the second Test and took the field with a new zeal at the JSCA International Complex in Ranchi. The 32-year-old batter was a tad circumspect to start his knock as the home team lost early wickets after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Rohit Sharma piles more agony for Proteas

Even as Rabada got rid of Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara, Anrich Nortje picked up his maiden Test wicket in the form of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Thereafter, Rohit along with Ajinkya Rahane put on 267 for the fourth wicket to help India clinch the ascendancy. The opening batsmen got to his fifty off 86 balls and then amassed his sixth Test ton off a mere 130 balls.

Rohit smacked Dane Piedt over the covers for a six to bring up the milestone. Even on the morning of the second day, he hardly looked flustered. He resumed the day with an overnight score of 117 and continued the domination with Rahane, who got out to George Linde, replacing an injured Keshav Maharaj. The pitch showed signs of inconsistency, but it didn’t fluster Rohit.

After Rahane’s dismissal, Ravindra Jadeja joined Rohit in the middle. The latter went into the 190s with a streaky boundary off an outside edge through third man off Nortje. He followed it up with another four through backward point. It seemed as if he would reach his double ton before Lunch. But the batsman was agonisingly stranded on 199 by the end of the first session.

In the first over of the post-Lunch session, he played out a maiden over off Lungi Ngidi and the wait was prolonged further. In the first ball of the 87th over, he pulled Ngidi for an authoritative over-boundary to accomplish the feat. After the stupendous knock, Twitterati couldn’t stop heaping praises on the talented batsman for the sheer masterclass.

Here is how Twitter reacted