India's opening batsman and Skipper Rohit Sharma has stamped his authority over West Indies bowlers in the ongoing first Test match at Windsor Park, Dominica. With his tenth Test century, Rohit has put the visitors in a strong position, along with his young opening partner Yashasvi Jaiswal. The 36-year-old played with grit, resilience, and patience to tackle the West Indies bowling attack. He reached the triple-figure mark in 220 balls with a boundary, while Jaiswal also slammed a century on Thursday to announce his arrival on the international stage. The duo became the sixth Indian opening pair to score centuries in the same innings of an away Test. Checkout the highlights of India vs West Indies day 2 match here.
Rohit Sharma's Century
After starting slowly against the West Indies bowlers, Rohit Sharma grew in confidence in the second half of the innings and easily played shots. He punished the loose deliveries and hit boundaries at regular intervals to keep the scoreboard moving. It was Rohit’s second Test century away from home, but his first in the Caribbean. He reached the triple-figure mark in 220 balls with a boundary and was dismissed a ball after hitting the mark on 103. He smashed 10 fours and two sixes during his patient knock.
India’s Opening Pair
India’s opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal gave a remarkable start to the game. Rohit Sharma, who has been one of India's best openers since being promoted to start the innings, displayed his class with a patient and gritty knock. He shared a 200-run partnership with Yashasvi Jaiswal, who also batted beautifully, slamming a century on his Test debut. The duo became the sixth Indian opening pair to score centuries in the same innings of an away Test.
Dominant Partnership for the Opening Wicket
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal shared a 200-run plus partnership for the opening wicket, putting India in a formidable position against West Indies. The duo batted with determination, patience, and skill to tackle the West Indies bowling attack. Their partnership is the first 200-run plus partnership for the opening wicket for India in an away Test match since 2006. The partnership laid the foundation for India's strong start in the match.
Rohit Sharma's Consistency
Rohit Sharma's consistency in red-ball cricket is commendable, with an average above 50. He has been one of India's best batsmen in recent years, displaying his class in both white-ball and red-ball cricket. His performance in the opening Test against West Indies was a testament to his skills and temperament.
Interestingly, India has a 100 per cent winning record whenever Rohit scored a Test ton, and they will look to extend it with the ongoing Test match as the visitors are currently at the top of the game.
India's Strong Dominance
The Indian team's dominance was evident from the beginning of the game. The hosts were dismissed for 150, with Ravichandran Ashwin taking his 33rd fifer in the longest format. India's bowlers kept the pressure on the West Indies batsmen, and the hosts failed to build any significant partnership throughout the innings. India is currently in a strong position in the ongoing first Test match against West Indies at Windsor Park, Dominica. With their opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal scoring centuries, India has put themselves in a formidable position against West Indies. The strong start has set the tone for India's dominance in the match. The visitors will look to build on this strong start and aim for a convincing victory over West Indies.
India's Openers Score Centuries
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal became the sixth Indian opening pair to score centuries in the same innings of an away Test. The previous Indian opening pairs to achieve this feat include Vijay Merchant & Mushtaq Ali vs England, Old Trafford, 1936; Sunil Gavaskar & Krishnamachari Srikkanth vs Australia, Sydney, 1985-86; Virender Sehwag & Rahul Dravid vs Pakistan, Lahore, 2006; Wasim Jaffer & Dinesh Karthik vs Bangladesh, Mirpur, 2007; Murali Vijay & Shikhar Dhawan vs Bangladesh, Fatullah, 2015. The feat by Rohit and Jaiswal is a testament to their skills and dominance over the West Indies bowling attack.
In conclusion, Rohit Sharma delivered a match-winning performance in the opening Test against West Indies, scoring his 10th Test century. India's dominance in the game was evident from the beginning, with their bowlers keeping the pressure on the West Indies batsmen, and their top-order batsmen scoring heavily. Rohit Sharma's consistency in red-ball cricket is commendable, and his performance in the opening Test was a testament to his skills and temperament. India will look to continue their dominance in the ongoing Test match and secure a victory against West Indies.