Swashbuckling Indian batsman Rohit Sharma grabbed the opportunity to open the innings with both hands as he struck a blistering hundred on the rain-hit opening day of the first Test against South Africa at the ACA-VDCA Stadium on Wednesday.
"I think it suits my game", Sharma told reporters.
No further play was possible in the third and final session of the day because of the heavy downpour which ultimately forced the umpires to call stumps. Debutant spinner Senuran Muthusamy got Kohli caught and bowled as his maiden Test wicket. He scored 176 runs off 244 balls with the help of 23 boundaries and sixes hits over the fence. Being regarded as a limited-overs specialist would always have rankled this immensely talented cricketer. "Of course mentally you have to train your mind more than anything else", Sharma said.
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Agarwal, like Sharma, also used his feet to good effect against the South African spinners who struggled on the batting-friendly pitch.
Playing his fifth Test since making his debut a year ago, Agarwal raised his fourth half-century with a six off Keshav Maharaj.
Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners. In fact, he was right, as Rohit Sharma became one of the finest batsmen of the game. Sharma, who resumed the day on 115, smashed the ball to all parts of the ground.
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After India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first, Proteas pacers Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander beat the bat on a few occasions with the new ball, but those were the only real moments of discomfort that the Indian openers encountered.
The new Indian opening pair also came close to surpassing a 71 year old milestone which was set by England's Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook against South Africa, where they knocked 359 runs on 24th December 1948. the partnership between Mayank and Rohit of 317 runs is the second highest partnership against South Africa.
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