Twitter Reactions: Test opener Rohit Sharma announces himself with a sparkling century

Twitter Reactions: Test opener Rohit Sharma announces himself with a sparkling century

Once the Mumbai batter got his eyes in, there was no stopping him.

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Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma’s Test career has never taken off ever since he made his debut back in 2013 against the West Indies. Though he has been in the selectors’ radar, he was never a regular member of the red-ball format. Lately, the Indian team management decided to give the Mumbai batter a chance to open the batting. KL Rahul’s poor run of form forced Rohit to be tried out as an opener.

Rohit faced the new ball for the first time in Tests and he struck gold from the word go. The 32-year-old notched his fourth ton in the format against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Prior to the encounter, he bagged a duck in the warm-up match and that turned the focus more on Rohit. But on the first day of the opening Test, the experienced campaigner showed great composure.

Rohit Sharma dominates the Proteas

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada beat his outside-edge quite a few times in the first session. Rohit carried on a got to a half-century off a mere 84 deliveries with a couple of over-boundaries. Mayank Agarwal, his opening partner, also looked in pretty ominous touch. In the post-Lunch session, the duo carried on the good work and piled on more agony for Faf du Plessis’ Proteas.

The visitors attacked with their spinners- Dane Piedt, Keshav Maharaj and debutant Senuran Muthusamy. Their efforts went in vain as they used their feet to very good effect. In the 50th over, Rohit charged down the track and deposited Piedt over the ropes. The strokes down the ground also took him into the 90s. The batsman played with the spin and that worked to his advantage.

Needless to say, that Sharma was looking in a completely different zone altogether. Rohit showed how dangerous he can be once he gets his eyes in. In the 53rd over, Rohit guided one off Maharaj to third man for a delicate boundary to reach 97. He must have had butterflies in his stomach.

In the last ball of the 54th over, he chopped a short ball from Muthusamy to sweeper cover and got to his fourth Test ton off 154 balls. It was his first as a Test opener. The he took off his helmet and raised the bat to celebrate more in relief. After his masterclass, Twitter heaped praises on him.

Here is how Twitter lauded Rohit Sharma