Rohit Sharma proves to be India’s lynchpin with seventh Test ton against England

After a dismal present with the bat within the sequence opener, Rohit Sharma silenced his doubters by scoring his seventh Test century on the primary day of the second Test against England on the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

India received the toss and elected to bat first within the morning however quickly suffered a setback due to Shubman Gill’s early departure to pacer Olly Stone.

Afterwards, Rohit added 85 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara and appeared to be steering India to place earlier than the spinners struck. First, Jack Leach tossed one up to get Pujara edge one to Ben Stokes at slip earlier than Moeen Ali scalped the prize wicket of skipper Virat Kohli simply earlier than lunch break.

Within the second session, Rohit continued his positive present of type and introduced up his ton in 130 balls against a spin-heavy bowling assault. After tea, the 33-year-old opener ultimately fell to Leach as he mistimed a sweep straight into the palms of Moeen.

Rohit completed his innings on a valiant 161, hitting 18 fours and two sixes.

After Rohit reached his hundred, he grew to become the primary India participant to rating every of his first seven centuries at residence, overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin’s earlier report of six. He additionally grew to become the one participant to have tons in all codecs against 4 groups, particularly England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.

Rohit additionally has the second-highest Test batting common at residence (84.94) behind the nice Donald Bradman (98.22). He’s adopted by George Headley (77.56).

Forward of the second Test, vice-captain Rahane had additionally backed Rohit.

“Rohit is a crucial member of our workforce. A giant rating doesn’t imply you will have to make 100 or 150. In Australia, he batted effectively, made necessary contributions. See if somebody has one off-day, performs 3-4 dangerous innings, it doesn’t imply that he’s a nasty participant. You will have to again your participant,” Rahane instructed the media on Thursday.

India made three modifications to their taking part in XI with left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel making his debut whereas pacer Jasprit Bumrah was rested.

In-form Mohammed Siraj returned to the taking part in XI alongside with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who changed Washington Sundar to play his first Test in two years.

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