India opener Rohit Sharma on Saturday brought up his 7th Test hundred in the second Test against England in Chennai. This was the first time that the batsman had scored a hundred against England and it seemed like he was batting on a different track altogether.
At a time when the other batsman seemed to struggle on the turning Chepauk track, Rohit was scoring at more than a run a ball. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar took to social media to say that Rohit’s innings reminded him a lot of former India opener Virender Sehwag.
“That Rohit 100 was so from the Sehwag school of batting! Set his own agenda irrespective of conditions & situation. #INDvsENG,” Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted after Rohit got to his century.
Often when Virender Sehwag was at his best, he made any pitch look good for batting. That’s exactly what Rohit did on Saturday.
In the first session of play, India had scored 106 runs with Rohit unbeaten on 80 off just 78 balls.
Of the remaining 78 balls faced by other batsmen in the first session only 26 runs had come and three wickets had fallen. These include players like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who are some of the best in the game.
He went on to score his century in the second session of play on Saturday in just 130 balls.