Hitman surpasses Hetmyer, the record of most sixes in a Test series

New Delhi: Rohit Sharma is on the way to make his identity as a hitman in the test cricket also. Rohit scored another hundred against South Africa in the ongoing test series. Rohit hundred came in high-pressure time. India opted to bat first in the final test at Ranji. They were 3 down in no time in the first session. Mayank, Pujara, and Virat were in the pavilion in just 39 runs on the scoreboard. Rohit than showed his temperament as the ODIS. He first looks after the first session and then unsettled South Africa bowlers with Ajinkya Rahane.

Rohit and Rahane put together an unbroken stand of 185 for the 4th wicket as India did not lose a wicket in the second session. Rahane was unbeaten at 83 and Rohit was batting on 117 before the day called off due to bad light.

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India’s Rohit Sharma plays a shot during first day of the third and last cricket test match between India and South Africa in Ranchi, India, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. (AP)

The first-day game was Rohit Sharma show. He brought up his 6th century with a six. He smashed 4 sixes and now the record holder of most sixes in the three-match test series. Rohit has smashed 17 sixes in this series. He broke the record of Shimron Hetmyer, who had hit 15 sixes against Bangladesh in November 2018.

Before Rohit Sharma for India Harbhajan Singh was at the top of this list. Bhajji smashed 14 sixes in the 2010 test series against New Zeland where he scored two back to back centuries too. Apart from this Rohit completed his 2000 runs in test career. It was Rohit’s third hundred in the series. The 32-year-old became the only Indian opener after Sunil Gavaskar to hit three Test hundreds in a series. Gavaskar has scored four Test centuries twice in a single Test series.

He is now the leading six-hitter in the ongoing World Test Championship going past England all-rounder Ben Stokes. This was Rohit’s sixth Test hundred at home. He has second-most centuries by a batsman at home without scoring a century overseas. Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque leads the list with eight Test centuries at home without one overseas.