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Rohit Sharma hits maiden double hundred in Test cricket

Rohit Sharma became the first Indian batsman to score 500-plus runs in a Test series against South Africa. The previous best was 388 runs scored by Mohammad Azharuddin in 1996/97. 

Rohit Sharma is the first Indian opener to register two 150-plus scores in a single Test series. (AP Photo)

Rohit Sharma completed his maiden double century in Test cricket on Sunday at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi against South Africa in the third and final match of the series. It took 249 deliveries for the Indian opener to reach this milestone.

The right-handed batsman was removed by Kagiso Rabada on 212 and in the course he became the first Indian opener to register two 150-plus scores in a single Test series. He also is the fourth Indian batsman to score a double century against South Africa.

The Indian opener reached the milestone in style by slamming a six off Lungi Ngidi’s delivery. He also reached the 100-run mark in a similar fashion by taking on off-spinner Dane Piedt.

The 32-year-old also became the first Indian batsman to score 500-plus runs in a Test series against South Africa. The previous best was 388 runs scored by Mohammad Azharuddin in 1996/97.

In the process, Rohit also surpassed Don Bradman for the highest Test average at home, who have played at least 10 innings.

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Rohit now has an average of 99.84 in 18 innings, which is highest by any player (with minimum 10 innings) in the longest format at home. The 32-year-old has so far scored 1298 runs in the 18 innings.

The record was previously held by Bradman, who had an average of 98.22 across 50 innings at home in which he scored 4322 runs.

Rohit also became the third Indian player after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to score double hundred in both Test and ODI. For the record, Rohit has three double hundreds in 50-over format.

Rohit shared a 267-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane to rescue India from a top-order collapse on Day One. The fourth-wicket partnership is the highest for India against South Africa and fifth-highest overall.

Rohit’s stellar innings had 28 fours and six maximums. Earlier on Day 1, he became the leading six-hitter in ongoing World Test Championships. He went past Shimron Hetmyer to set the world record for most sixes in a Test series and became the first Indian batsman to reach double century with a six.