Indian star opener Rohit Sharma’s career took a 360 degree turn when the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni promoted him up the order as an opener alongside Shikhar Dhawan during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. It turned out to be a game-changing move for both Rohit Sharma and the Indian side. Over the years, Rohit has achieved many milestones and has emerged as a consistent run-scorer across formats.
Rohit Sharma, who is in a red hot form with the bat against England in the ongoing 5-match Test series, has not only managed to score runs but has also emerged out to be a most trusted opener in the longest format of the game as well.
As he batted on Day 3 of the ongoing 4th Test match, Rohit achieved another milestone in his career as an opener as he completed 11,000 runs as an opener in international cricket. During the same knock, Rohit also crossed the 15000-run mark in international cricket.
Talking about the game, England and India, both the teams have been neck to neck in the ongoing 4th Test match. At Stumps on Day 2, the Indian side was at 43/0 with openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul standing strong. Both the openers gave a solid start to their side as they tackled the England bowler cautiously.
On Day 2, both the cricketers had the onus of playing out the first hour of the morning session. They were able to thwart the England bowling attack, amidst a few misses here and there. The duo brought much-needed momentum to the Indian side and together they laid a strong foundation for the batters to come.
However, the stunning partnership soon came to an end as KL Rahul had to walk back to the pavilion after scoring 47 runs. Rohit stood tall at the other end and was seen playing some stunning shots, including his favorite pull stroke. Cheteshwar Pujara joined hands with Rohit after Rahul’s dismissal and showed intent at the crease.
Meanwhile, fans on social media are all praises for the star opener and his new achievement. From fans to cricketers and experts, everyone is all praises for Rohit’s stunning half-century.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on Rohit’s 50:
Rohit Sharma brings up his half century. An extremely reliable opener this man is! He's good.. very very good. #ENGvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) September 4, 2021
Rohit Sharma sitting with better all format opener than him. pic.twitter.com/IalUMaMtti
— Majestic Ro45 (@MohitRo45) September 2, 2021
Respect conditions, play late, stride forward, weight transfer, dot balls, drives … Rohit Sharma is holding online batting class please watch all junior cricketers. #INDvENG
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 4, 2021
They say opening the batting in England is a lot about patience. And Rohit Sharma hasn’t just shown a lot of it with bat in hand, he also hung in there with his fist extended for nearly 40 seconds before finally getting KL Rahul’s attention & landing the bump #EngvIND pic.twitter.com/fmw93XYTKX
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) September 4, 2021
Rohit Sharma for the 5th time faces out 100 balls in an innings in this Test series. Extremely well done by Rohit with Rahul at the top.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 4, 2021
Rohit Sharma facing 100+ balls in an overseas Test innings:-
Before this series – 4 times in 39 innings
During this series – 5 times in 8 innings*#ENGvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 4, 2021
KL Rahul 315
Rohit Sharma 303*
This is the first time ever that two Indian opening batsmen have both scored 300+ runs in a Test series against England – home or away.
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 4, 2021
— Aryan ? (@Rohitswarriorrr) September 1, 2021