Rohit becomes first ever batsman to hit tons in debut as Test opener

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Rohit, who had scored 176 in his first innings as a Test opener on day one of the match, made 127 off 149 balls on the fourth day. Photo: @BCCI/Twitter

Rohit Sharma, one of the most sought-after limited-overs opener, who made his debut in the Test format became the first-ever batsman to score two centuries on debut as a Test opener.

He reached the three-figure mark for the second time in the ongoing first Test against South Africa in Vishakapatnam on Saturday (October 5).

Rohit, who had scored 176 in his first innings as a Test opener on day one of the match, made 127 off 149 balls on the fourth day.

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Rohit also became the sixth Indian to score a hundred in both innings a Test.

Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar (3 times), Rahul Dravid (2 times), Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have also made centuries in both innings of a Test.

The 32-year-old stylish right-hander also broke the record for most sixes in a Test with 13 hits over the fence, surpassing Pakistan great Wasim Akram who smashed 12 in a game against Zimbabwe in 1996.

Rohit cleared the boundary six times in the first innings, while in the second essay his knock was laced with seven sixes.

(With inputs from agencies)