The first Indian captain to score a century in all three formats of the game, Rohit Sharma, brought up his ninth Test century after breaking the three-figure barrier against Australia in the Test series opener in Nagpur. The Indian opener seems to be in commanding form right away and has faced no difficulty while batting on a difficult surface.
In the second innings, the Indian captain has taken the initiative and held the Australian bowlers at bay on a challenging surface. On Day 1, he pounded his Australian opponent with a barrage of boundaries to get his innings going, and he hasn’t looked back since. Rohit scored a quick 50 during the third session of the first day.
After the Australians lost their first innings due to being dismissed for a low score, his combination with KL Rahul secured a strong start. KL Rahul did leave the game, though, giving the Australians some breathing room at the end of the day. But on the second day, his opening partner stood tall and carried on in the same manner.
After Rahul was fired, Rohit and Ravichandran Ashwin had another solid partnership. However, the expulsion of Ashwin and the subsequent exit of Cheteshwar Pujara forced the Indian opener to play it safe at the crease. After being left stranded due to a minor mix-up with Virat Kohli, he almost avoided death when the batter made a full-length dive to save his wicket.