Team India opener Rohit Sharma smashed his maiden double hundred in Test cricket off 249 deliveries on the second day of the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Sunday. With this, he became the fourth batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Chris Gayle to hit double hundred in both ODI and Test cricket.
After scoring 212(255) in the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi, India opener Rohit Sharma's average in Tests on home soil rose to 99.84. With this, he overtook Australian legend Don Bradman's record for the highest average at home (minimum 10 innings). Bradman scored 4,332 runs in 33 home Tests between 1928 and 1948 at an average of 98.22.
Hitman scored 212 off 255 deliveries with the help of 28 boundaries and six 6’s. Rahane complimented him with his first century on Indian soil after three years. After Rahane’s departure, Jadeja scored a half-century.
Later, India pacer Umesh Yadav today became the third cricketer in history to smash two sixes off the first two balls he faced in a Test inning. Yadav slammed South African spinner George Linde for sixes off his last two deliveries in 112th over. Foffie Williams (1948) and Sachin Tendulkar (2013) are the other two batsmen to have achieved the feat.
Umesh Yadav has totally hit 5 sixes and all in Linde’s bowling that managed Kohli for early declaration with the scoreboard ticking around 500. India declared at 497/9 and South Africa has lost Decock and Elgar in just five overs of their first innings for just 9 runs.
Proteas need something miraculous to envy the defeat in the third test too. Otherwise, India will clinch some more points in World Test Championship.