Even as India started with a disappointment in terms of losing Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma muted his critics with a excellent 150-run hit in the second test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. After a series of poor results, the Indian batsman was at the focus of a lot of scrutiny. But an important inning like this has proven why he’s called the ‘Hitman.’
The Indian Opener did well in 2019, when he was promoted to open a bating order in Visakhapatnam against South Africa. He scored 176, 127, 14, 212, 6 and 21 for a total of 556 runs with an average score of 92.66. However, he’s been playing with the bat since he sustained hamstring injuries during IPL 2020. After a series of poor results, he came under the scanner. They made 26, 52, 44, 7, 6, and 12 out of a total of 147 out of an average of 24,50.
Before the close of the second session of the first day, he had ended his century, breaking several records with it. He currently has the second highest Test batting average at home (minimum 1000 runs) of 84.94, behind Don Bradman who has a 98.22 average. George Headley is third on the list with an average of 77,56.
Hosts are trailing 0-1 in the four-game series following a 227-run loss in the first test. Cricket fans can reach the stadium in India for the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic hit in 2020. Rohit scored a quick-fire half-century, but India lost the critical wings of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli as England gained the upper hand in the first session. At lunch break, India’s score read 106/3 with Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane undefeated at 80 and 5 respectively. In the first session, 106 runs were scored from 26 overs.