New Delhi. The fourth match of the 5 Test series between India and England is being held at the Oval. Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored a great century in the second innings of the match. This is his eighth century in Tests and his first on foreign soil. Rohit played this innings at a time when Team India needed him the most. England took a 99-run lead on the basis of the first innings. In such a situation, Rohit first made an important partnership of 3 runs with KL Rahul and then Cheteshwar Pujara made a partnership of 153 runs for the second wicket. Due to his innings, India was able to take a lead of more than 200 runs over England.
Former India opener Sachin Tendulkar has also praised Rohit for scoring a century in the Oval Test. He tweeted that Rohit is one of the best batsmen in the series. There itself. Sachin also praised Pujara. “I have always believed in the power of worship,” he said. He proved it again in the second innings of the Oval Test.
Rohit looks very comfortable in the series: Sachin
Sachin further said about Rohit that I have said before that Rohit has taken his batting level to number one in this series and he seems to be the most comfortable batsman in the crease. He’s not in a hurry to play shots. Taking all the time to settle down at the crease and hitting big shots after getting set. Knowing the number of balls he has played in this series can ensure a change in his batting.
Rohit played 256 balls in the second innings of the Oval Test. This is the third highest number of balls by an Indian opener in an innings in England in this century. In this list, Murali Vijay is in the first place, Rahul Dravid is in the second place. In 2012, Murali Vijay scored 16 off 11 balls, while Dravid scored an unbeaten 16 off 26 balls in 2011.
Rohit has a chance to set a special record
There is one more test left in the series. Rohit has a chance to set a special record in England. He could be the Indian opener to face all the more balls in a series in England. Currently, he has played 856 balls in the series. He is behind Sunil Gavaskar (1199 balls) and Murali Vijay (1054 balls).
It was not easy for Rohit to open the Test
Earlier, after the third day’s play, Rohit admitted that the decision to open a Test match in 2019 was one of the biggest decisions he had ever made. Rohit knew this would be his last chance in Test cricket.
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As an opener, Rohit scored 5 centuries in Tests
He added that the decision of the team management to open him is risky for him. He said it was somewhere in his mind that this was my last chance. When the offer came to me, I was already aware of it. I was mentally ready to take on the challenge and wanted to see how I could do better in the opening. In Test cricket, Rohit Sharma has scored eight centuries, where he has scored five centuries as an opener.
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