India-South Africa First Test: Rohit Sharma scores a century on Day One; equals Don Bradman's record

Amongst his several records, Rohit Sharma also registered the record to become the first Indian to score a century each, across formats, as an opener


After making a comeback in the Test format and opening the innings for India, Rohit Sharma notched a stunning century on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at Vizag. As he registered his first Test century as an opener and fourth overall, Sharma achieved an average of 98.22 in Tests in India.

The Indian opener has scored 884 runs in 15 innings, including four hundred and five fifties. Meanwhile, with this hundred, Rohit Sharma's average is the joint-best among all batsmen with 10-plus innings, sharing the top spot with none other than the legendary Don Bradman, who also averaged 98.22 at home in 50 innings.

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Sharma also joined Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw to become the fourth Indian to score a century when opening for the first time in Tests. Amongst his several records, the Mumbai-born batsman 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.

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Speaking after the game, Sharma said that opening the innings suits his style since he understands the strategy bowlers plan with the new ball. He added that at number six, the ball is reversing and the field placement is different so it is difficult for him to adjust.

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