Australia vs India 3rd Test Match: Team India came up with the new opening pair this time after failing twice previously in the series against Australia. Experienced white-ball opener Rohit Sharma was now promoted to open the innings along with young Shubman Gill.
This was the first time Rohit Sharma came to open the innings in test cricket in foreign conditions.
Both the openers looked confident throughout and took India off to a solid start in the third test match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Shubman Gill scored 50 runs while Rohit Sharma amassed 26 runs for the first wicket stand at SCG.
The first wicket of the visitors fell in 27th over when the score was 70 runs. This confident start in overseas conditions broke many records.
Rohit Sharma got caught and bowled to Josh Hazlewood providing Australia the first breakthrough. Shubman Gill scored his maiden half-century has was immediately caught after the ball picked the edge of the bat.
Later stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara took control till the end of Day 2. India is trailing with 242 runs with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara standing strong at the crease.
Records broken by Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill:
- Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma’s strong partnership of 70 runs is the first 50-plus opening stand for India in the last 14 innings.
- This was the first 50-plus partnership by Indian openers in the last 7 test matches.
- Shubman Gill recorded his maiden half-century. Gill became the fourth-youngest Indian opener to score a half-century outside Asia.
- Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are the only Indian openers who survived 20-plus overs outside Asia in an innings for India in the test match. Earlier this was done in Centurian in 2010.
- Shubman Gill becomes the youngest Indian opener to score a 50 in Australia.
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