Rohit Sharma has emerged as a different Test cricketer ever since he was promoted to open for the Indian team. After scoring a brilliant century in his first innings as a Test opener and following it with another triple-figure score in the very next innings, Sharma scored a double century in the third and final Test against South Africa in the ongoing series.
Scoring 212 in just 255 balls, the 32-year-old broke a flurry of records on the second day at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium in Ranchi.
Here’s the list of records and statistics related to Rohit Sharma’s double-century
(1) Rohit Sharma has become the first Indian to complete his Test double century with a six. He hit a six off Lungi Ngidi’s delivery while batting on 199.
(3) Sharma has also become only the third cricketer to reach two 100-run milestones with a six. He brought up both his century and double century with a maximum. Sanath Jayasuriya and Virender Sehwag are the other two cricketers to have achieved the unique feat.
(4) Sharma has now become the fourth player to score double hundreds in both Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket. Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Sachin Tendulkar are the other three cricketers.
With his scintillating form in the Test series, Sharma also crossed the 2000-run mark and has become only the fourth cricketer to aggregate 2000+ runs in all the formats of the game. Indian captain Virat Kohli, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptil are the other three players who have earned the same distinction.
(9) Opening the innings, Sharma has already scored nine centuries in 2019- the joint-most in a calendar year as an opener. Tendulkar (1998), Graeme Smith (2005) and David Warner (2016) are the other players.
(19) With 19 six in the ongoing Test series against South Africa, Sharma has tipped West Indies’ Shimron Hetmeyer to take the record of most sixes in a Test series in his name.
(54)The opener has so far hit 54 sixes against South Africa and stand only behind Chris Gayle, who has hit 56 maximums, in terms of hitting over boundaries against the Proteas.
(99.84) Sharma’s average of 99.84 now stands as the highest by any Test batsman on home soil. He broke a 71-year-old record of Sir Don Bradman’s 98.22.
(249) Sharma took 249 deliveries to complete his maiden double-century in red-ball cricket which has now become the sixth-fastest double ton by an Indian. The top five are recorded by Sehwag.
(529) With 529 runs scored so far, Sharma has become the fifth Indian to score 500+ runs in a Test series.
(1967) The 32-year-old opener has now amassed a total of 1967 runs in across format in 2019. Only Sehwag, with 2355 runs in 2008, has more runs in a calendar year as an opener.