Rohit Sharma scored 49 in the 1st innings of the 4th Test. Photo: BCCI & nbsp
- Rohit Sharma completed 1000 races in the current test world championship
- He is the first opener to achieve this elusive feat
- Among the Indians, Ajinkya Rahane occupies the 5th place with 1095 * tracks
Opener Rohit Sharma played a key role in the Indian side’s response on Matchday 2 of the ongoing 4th Test against England and scored a decisive 49 of 144. The senior batsman held an end even then that India lost the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (17), Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (27).
He looked ready for a big shot, but missed, thanks to a brilliant bowling demonstration by Ben Stokes. Rohit, however, spent a lot of time in the middle and hit at a 34.03 hit rate.
En route for his 49-point shot, the 33-year-old achieved an elusive feat as he became the first opener to cross the 1,000-point mark in the current Test World Championship. A total of 5 batsmen had crossed this mark before Rohit but all were hitting in the middle.
Rohit played 11 * test matches and scored 1,030 * points, at 64.37. It has 4 centuries and 2 half centuries in the current championship. The right-handed batsman could have reached the record a few months ago, but he must have missed 4 matches for different reasons.
With 1030 * runs, Rohit occupies 6th place on the list of most scorers. The list is topped by Australian Marnus Labuschagne, who scored 1675 points with 72.82. He wasn’t even the first choice and only had his chance when he replaced Steve Smith on Lord’s Test as a concussion substitute. He scored 5 tons, most by any batsman.
Next up is Joe Root, who has 1,630 * races in 20 * test matches. Smith is 3rd with 1341 points, at 63.84. It is 4 centuries and 7 half centuries old. Ben Stokes (1332 *) and Ajinkya Rahane (1095 *) are next.
The ongoing India-England test match is of great importance as the home side must win or draw to qualify for the final. Tim Paine’s Australia will advance to the final if India fails against England. New Zealand has already qualified for the top shock.