Rohit Sharma’s 176 and 127 marks the 86th occasion of two centuries in an innings in all Tests. He is the 70th batsman to achieve this, as several have done so on 2 or 3 occasions.
Among Indian players we have him as the 6th player on the 9th occasion:
Among those who opened in both innings, he is the 24th to do so on the 30th occasion.
He became the first to score a century in both innings while opening for the first time.
We know that the only two to score centuries in both innings on debut are Lawrence Rowe and Yasir Hameed. They both batted at No 3.
CG Greenidge had a near miss with 93 and 107 on debut vs Ind at Bengaluru on 22/11/1974 where he opened. Similarly for AJ Strauss with 112 and 83 on debut vs NZ at Lord’s on 20/05/2004. Then there was Wajahatullah Wasti who scored 133 and 121* while opening in his second Test, though he had opened in the second innings of his debut Test.
Rohit Sharma had scored 177 on debut vs WI at Kolkata on 06/11/2013 and 111* in his next innings in his 2nd Test. He batted at No 6 in those innings.
He scored 13 sixes in this match (6 +7). This is a record in all Tests, surpassing the record set by Wasim Akram.
The previous record for India was 8 by NS Sidhu in his 124 vs SL at Lucknow on 18/01/1994.
Finally, this was the 58th instance of scoring over 300 in a Test match. The 8 Indians who have achieved this on 9 occasions are: