Rohit Sharma has slammed another century in the ongoing test series between India and South Africa. In the third test match of the series which is taking place in Ranchi, Rohit bailed India out of trouble after the hosts lost three early wickets having won the toss and elected to bat first.
The ball moved around quite significantly for the South African fast bowlers in the first hour of the morning and the Indian batsmen were well and truly out of their comfort zone. It was moving both ways from the good length area and India lost Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in a very short span of time.
But, Rohit, along with Ajinkya Rahane, showed tremendous solidity and composure in difficult conditions and stitched together a century partnership to get India back on track.
The trademark of Rohit’s innings today, when the ball was new, was the way he left the ball. He is regarded as someone who likes to throw his bat away from his body and hence, he has often been caught behind and caught in the slip cordon over the years.
But, today he didn’t throw his bat at anything outside his eye-line unless the length was short and there was room for him to play the horizontal bat shots. Anything around the good length area on the 4th or the 5th stump channel, he left it for the keeper.
Gradually, as the ball got soft and the movement reduced, Rohit was able to play his shots both against the fast bowlers and the spinners. He lofted the spinners straight down the ground as he always does and milked them brilliantly off the back foot as well.
With a six over long off, Rohit completed the 6th hundred of his test career and the third of this series. He is still going strong at the crease with Ajinkya Rahane supporting him at the other end. The duo has had an unbeaten partnership of 166 runs so far as India were 205 for 3 at the tea time break on the first day.