Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma scale new heights
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma were involved in a 317-run stand, the third-highest opening partnership for India in Tests, that set the tone for hosts' dominance.
Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have set a new record in their maiden Test as opening partners. The duo has broken a 15-year-old record for the highest opening stand for India in Test matches against South Africa held by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma went past 218 -- the tally achieved by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in Kanpur in 2004-05 season -- in the morning session of Day 2 of the ongoing 1st Test in Visakhapatnam.
Rohit and Mayank have also set a new record for the highest opening stand in India vs South Africa Tests before held by AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten in 1996. The India duo broke the 22-year-old record when the opening stand went past 236 runs on Thursday. 3rd Indian opening pair to post 300-plus opening stand.
Rohit and Mayank carried on and took their opening stand past the 300-run mark. They have become only the third Indian opening pair after Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy and Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag to post 300-plus stand for the 1st wicket in Tests. This was also only the 14th instance in Test cricket that an opening pair has posted more than 300 runs.
Rohit Sharma completed his fourth Test hundred and his first as an opener on Wednesday, punishing the South Africa bowlers. India made the gamble to promote Rohit to the top of the batting order after consistent failures in Tests over the last 24 months.