Indians with multiple centuries in different formats: After the first Test match was washed out on the final day despite India being the firm favourites, the second Test started on an even better note for the visitors. Being put to bat by Joe Root, the Indian openers stitched together a solid stand as Sharma was finally removed for 83.
Things got a bit bumpy afterward with Pujara failing to score runs again and that gave an iota of hope to the English fans. However, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli came out in the middle and played a fine knock until he was dismissed just five overs from stumps, trying to needlessly poke at a delivery drifting away from him.
India finished the day at 276 for the loss of 3 with Rahul smacking an incredible century. Along with this ton, another feat was highlighted that witnessed him becoming only the second Indian batsman after Rohit Sharma to notch up multiple centuries in all formats of the sport.
We will take a quick glance at the impressive figures that these two have put across all the formats combined.
The Hitman has always been special to India, given his proliferation in every single format of the sport. Ever since he has been opening for India across all formats of the game, he simply didn’t know when to stop. His arsenal is not just explosive but his command over his strokes underlines his credentials as one of the best batters across the globe.
He has the rare feat of scoring multiple centuries across all formats of the sport with 7 centuries in Test, 29 tons in ODI’s and 4 centuries in T20I’s. His highest score across all formats of the game came in ODI, where he chronicled a remarkable knock of 264 against Sri Lanka.
Rahul was definitely not the first choice-opener for India before the series started. However, with Shubman Gill being injured and Mayank Agarwal suffering from a concussion, India had no other alternatives than fielding Rahul to open the innings.
In the opening Test match, he was absolutely extraordinary while in the second Test he was even better. Playing the anchor to Sharma’s carnage in the first innings, he took over the reins of the innings and started propelling India to a better place with Kohli slowly catching up. He played a few exquisite strokes and helped India to score 276 for the loss of 3 at the end of the day. Today’s century from Rahul helped him to shed some light on him becoming the second Indian to achieve this feat. He has five Test centuries until now that have been laced with 5 ODI centuries and 2 T20 centuries.