RANCHI: Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma on Sunday surpassed former Australia cricketer Don Bradman. Sharma broke the record of highest average in Test cricket on home soil. He achieved the feat on day two of the third Test match between India and South Africa.
The right-handed batsman broke the 71-year-old record previously held by Bradman. The legendary cricketer had an average of 98.22 at home soil in Test Cricket.
Rohit’s average rose to 99.84 after he smashed his first double hundred in the longest format of the game today. Statisticians kept a minimum of ten innings as the benchmark for the record.
On Saturday, Rohit also broke the record for registering the most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series. The right-handed batsman went past West Indies’ batsman Shimron Hetmyer. He had registered 15 sixes in the series against Bangladesh in 2018-19.
Sharma meanwhile has become the first Indian opener to score three hundred in a Test series since 1978. In that year, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar achieved this feat against West Indies.
This is also the first time three Indian batsmen have scored double hundreds in the same Test series. Before Rohit, Kohli and Agarwal scored double hundreds in this series.
India has declared its first innings at 490 for nine wickets down. Apart from Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane scored a hundred. After his fall, Ravindra Jadeja scored a fifty. His crucial runs enabled India to reach closer to five hundred.
In response, South Africa lost both openers in the first two overs of the innings. Mohammad Shami sent back Dean Elgar on the second ball of the innings. Later, Umesh Yadav bounced out Quinton de Kock in the next over. These double blows left South Africa in deep trouble. Now the visitors have a huge task to complete on day three.