Rohit Sharma Equals Bradman’s Average With 4th Test Century

The first test between India and South Africa is in progress in Vizag, and ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma made it to the headlines in the opening day with a stunning century on Wednesday. It was his first century as an opener and 4th in total. With this century, Rohit reached an average of 98.22 in tests. So far in the 15 innings that he has played, Rohit has scored 884 runs which includes four centuries and five half-centuries.

Rohit’s test career average has become the joint-best among the batsmen with over 10 innings. His most recent century has made his way to the top spot in the list where he equals legendary Australian batsman- Don Bradman who had ruled the list with an average of 98.22 at home in 50 innings.

Along with his record breaking century, Rohit also has joined Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw to become the fourth Indian to score a century as an opener in the tests.

Rohit Sharma also became the first Indian to score a century each, across formats, as an opener.

Rohit Sharma is now the seventh batsman in the world to score a century in Tests, ODIs and T20Is as an opener, after Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Ahmed Shehzad, Shane Watson, and Tamim Iqbal.

“I think it suits my game,” Rohit Sharma said after rain forced early stumps on Day 1 in Vizag.

“Just wear the pads and go in to bat. I don’t like the waiting game,” he added.

“You know the bowlers who are bowling with the new ball, so the game plan is easier for you… At number six, the ball is reversing, field placement is different and you need to keep all those things in mind,” Rohit Sharma said.

As far as the match is concerned, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat against South Africa. Rohit Sharma (115*) and Mayank Agarwal (84*) took the hosts to 202/0 at stumps on Day 1.

[With Agency Inputs]