Watch: Kohli keeps dressing room door open for Rohit
Indian Test opener Rohit Sharma played a scintillating knock at the top alongside Mayank Agarwal and scripted a new success story for himself as a genuine opening batsman. He scored his 4th Test century and his first as opener in the red-ball format.
He was the talking point of Day 1 where he scored 115 runs and he followed it up pretty well in the next day where he scored 150 runs. He was en route to making his maiden double century but unfortunately got out on 176 (23 fours, 6 sixes) off Keshav Maharaj’s delivery where he came down the track only to be stumped by Quinton de Kock.
Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal completely dominated the South African bowlers at will and put on a massive 317-run stand for the opening wicket. After Rohit got out, he made his way back to the dressing room and captain Virat Kohli was there to receive him with thunderous claps.
Virat Kohli’s touching gesture was to acknowledge Rohit Sharma’s productive contribution and his belief to prove his critics wrong.
Captain Kohli not only came to the dressing room gate but also patted Rohit on the back and then closed the gate. Team’s chief coach Ravi Shastri, batting coach Vikram Rathore and bowling coach Bharath Arun stood and appreciated Rohit Sharma’s knock.
Besides Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, other Indian opening pairs to construct a 300-plus partnership in Test cricket are Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy (413 runs against New Zealand in 1956) and Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid (410 runs against Pakistan in 2006).