India’s Test opener Rohit Sharma continued his scintillating batting form in the third and final Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Saturday. After surviving a hostile spell of fast bowling from Proteas pacers, Rohit struck his 6th Test hundred to stamp his authority at the top of the order in the longer format. During his unbeaten 117-run knock, Rohit dished out some of his favourite hooks and pulls which enthralled the fans present at the JSCA Internationa Stadium Complex. But it was a video of him shouting ‘not now’ which went viral on social media. As the skies turned grey in the final session of day one, Rohit expressed his disappointment towards the rain gods before smashing a six to reach his third hundred of the series.
Rohit remained not out on 117 while vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was unbeaten on 83 as India posted 224/3 versus South Africa before bad light stopped play. Despite all the heroics with his wielding willow, it was Rohit’s scream which attracted eyeballs on the internet.
Rohit reached the three-figure mark with a six as he was batting on 95 in the 45th over. The limited-overs vice-captain brought up his third century of the series, his sixth overall, off Dane Piedt’s bowling. He took the single off the second ball of the over to reach 95 and at the same time, the rain started coming down.
Batting as an opener for the first time in this series, Rohit added yet another feather to his cap by becoming the batsman to hit the most number of sixes in a Test series. During the ongoing three-Test series against South Africa, Rohit has so far hit 17 sixes and has surpassed Shimron Hetmyer’s tally of 15 which came during the two-match series between West Indies and Bangladesh in 2018/19.
Rohit already holds the record for hitting the maximum number of sixes in a Test match. During the first Test in Visakhapatnam, the stylish batsman hit 13 sixes and went past Wasim Akram’s tally of 12 maximums which the Pakistan pacer had hit during his 257-run knock against Zimbabwe in 1996.
Navjot Singh Sidhu previously held the Indian record for most sixes in a Test, hitting eight maximums against Sri Lanka in 1994. Rohit holds the record for most sixes in a match for India in all the three formats of the game.