Rohit Sharma, on Saturday, finally ended his century drought in Tests when he reached the three-figure mark in the ongoing second Test against England in Chennai. The right-handed batsman had not scored a century since his 212-run knock against South Africa in October 2019. It was the very series where he was promoted as an opener in Tests for the first time.
After that double century, he played five Tests without scoring a century. With the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, and KL Rahul waiting in the wings, the pressure was building on the right-handed batsman. But on Saturday, he relieved the pressure off himself by scoring his seventh hundred in the longest format of the game.
Cheered on by his wife Ritika and the crowd, Rohit looked like a man on a mission right from the start after Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. On an unpredictable pitch that was offering occasional uneven bounce and sharp turn, Rohit showed his class. While the likes of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli failed to deliver, the opening batsman played a sublime knock to keep India in the hunt for a good score.
Rohit did not shy away from playing his shots right from the word go and reached his fifty off just 47 deliveries. On the other end of the wicket, India lost three quick wickets inside the first session. Gill was the first to depart when Olly Stone sent him back even before he could open his account. It was followed by an 85-run stand between Rohit and Pujara before England dismissed the latter and Kohli in quick succession to reduce India to 86 for 3.
Twitter praises Rohit Sharma for a century
The fall of wickets at the other end did not affect Rohit Sharma much as he kept playing the cracking shots. By the time the lunch was taken, India had raced away to 106 with Rohit scoring 80 of those runs. The right-handed batsman finally reached his hundred off 130 balls in the 42nd over with a double off Moeen Ali. His innings included 14 fours and two sixes at that stage.
India would be hoping that their star man builds on the century and score big to power them to a big score. Meanwhile, the cricket fraternity was quick to lavish praise on Rohit for his stunning century on the difficult track.
Here are some of the reactions:
Not changed my opinion about Rohit Sharma from 3 years ago … https://t.co/ucuKp2oQNz
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 13, 2021
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) February 13, 2021
First innings score will be very crucial in this game. As you have got a dominating 100, get a big one to get England out of the game. That is what will be classy! “With great power, comes great responsibilities” @ImRo45 #INDvsENG 👍
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 13, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 13, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 13, 2021
Rohit Sharma first opened the batting in a Test in October 2019. He has more centuries as a Test opener than anyone else in that timeline. #INDvENG
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) February 13, 2021
No better way to tell the doubters – myself included – where to go than by scoring quality hundreds. Rohit Sharma with a very fine innings on a turning day-one track. 100* out of a total of 147/3. #INDvsENG
— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) February 13, 2021
Hugely important innings from @ImRo45 on a wicket that will sooner than later have your number. To get a 100 on this track will mean a great deal to him. Was missing out from Aus. Glad he got it in this very imp game.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) February 13, 2021
Top quality innings from Rohit Sharma – what a century on a turning track. He has looked very comfortable in the middle. Has been quite decisive with his footwork. Century in only 130 balls. His 4th century as the opener #INDvsENG #INDvENG
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 13, 2021
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) February 13, 2021
That Rohit 100 was so from the Sehwag school of batting! Set his own agenda irrespective of conditions & situation. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#INDvsENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 13, 2021
It's not as massive yet, but there are shades of Sehwag's double hundred at Galle in 2008 in this Rohit Sharma hundred so far: towering above the rest on a tricky pitch. #INDvsENG
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 13, 2021
Players to score a century against England in Tests, ODIs and T20Is:
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) February 13, 2021
Such a special player. Rohit Sharma was just born to bat. His batting today is an illustration.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 13, 2021
Excellent! Sharma ji. Shabaash.
Outstanding batting, especially when others weren't finding it easy to get runs.
Top knock. He can make it match defining if he makes it bigger!
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 13, 2021
Hundred for Rohit Sharma, a masterclass from Hitman in a turner at Chepauk. 7th hundred in Tests – 100* from 130 balls including 14 fours and 2 sixes. Well played, Ro. pic.twitter.com/FAngItGchE
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 13, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed (@imK_Ahmed13) February 13, 2021
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) February 13, 2021
What a hundred from Rohit Sharma. Gets there from 130 balls, India only have 147 on the board.
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) February 13, 2021
— Richard V Isaacs (@RVICricketStats) February 13, 2021
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) February 13, 2021
A hundred in the team total of 147. He’s in a different league. Today’s innings is a validation of the same. This might be the only century in this Test. रो ka form Bharat ke हित mein hai 🥳🤗🤩 #INDvENG
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 13, 2021
When he bats like this, there’s no better sight in contemporary cricket. Top class century by #RohitSharma
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 13, 2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 13, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 13, 2021
Well played @ImRo45 One of most satisfying century in challenging conditions. Also shows the importance of positive intent, decisive footwork when batting on a tough pitch. Now convert this into a biggie. #INDvsENG #class #elegance @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/h9yGqmKJvs
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 13, 2021
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