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Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian caption to reach 100 in all three formats of cricket

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Rohit Sharma, the captain of Team India, made a significant accomplishment on Day 2 of the opening Test match against Australia at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Friday (February 9). As Rohit reached his ninth Test century, he made cricket history by becoming the first player and captain to achieve hundreds in each of the three game types.

With centuries and even a double century under his belt, Rohit has led his team to victory in ODIs, T20Is, and now Test cricket. He also has a handful of hundreds to his credit. The Indian opener reached his ninth century from 170 deliveries by skipping to Todd Murphy on 96 and smashing the ball over the off-side. The captain now has the highest opening average of any Indian opener in Test cricket in India (above 59).

On the second day of the first Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in Nagpur on Friday, skipper Rohit Sharma fought valiantly even as India lost the wickets of nightwatchman R Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara to fall 26 runs short of Australia’s first innings score of 177. India were 151/3 in 54 overs at lunch on the second day, with Rohit Sharma scoring 85 runs and his predecessor Virat Kohli adding another 12 runs.

However, Kohli was caught behind down the leg-side for 12 from Todd Murphy on the first ball after lunch. Nathan Lyon bowled debutant Suryakumar Yadav for only eight runs as India fell to 168 for 5 on Day 2 after lunch.

The second morning, Rohit, who had played extremely aggressively on the first day, was much more careful as he methodically built the Indian innings. He and Ashwin combined for a vital 42 runs, helping India surpass the 100-run threshold.

The Indians could have done without Ashwin and Pujara losing two fast wickets, though. All three of the wickets that have fallen in the Indian innings thus far have been taken by rookie off-spinner Todd Murphy. Even though veteran spinner Nathan Lyon hasn’t taken a wicket after 20 overs, he had 3-35 off 15 overs. Ashwin performed a good job in his role as nightwatchman on Thursday after KL Rahul was dismissed in the final over before stumps. He made it through the first hour and helped captain Rohit Sharma keep the scoreboard moving.

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