Rohit Sharma's Explosive Knock Propels India to a Dominant Position in Rain-Marred Test Against West Indies

Jul 24, 2023

Rohit Sharma's Explosive Knock Propels India to a Dominant Position in Rain-Marred Test Against West Indies Image

In a thrilling display of 'Bazball' style, Team India's openers, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, unleashed an all-out attack on the West Indies bowlers, giving the visitors a rollicking start in the second innings of the 2nd Test. The rain-marred contest at the Queen's Park Oval saw India assert their dominance over the West Indies on Day 4, raising hopes of winning the Test series decider.

Leading the charge was the 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma, who blazed through the West Indies' bowling attack with a sensational knock. The veteran opener notched up his fastest Test fifty, reaching the milestone in just 35 balls. His previous quickest Test fifty had come in 47 balls against England at Chepauk. Rohit's audacious innings of 57 off 44 balls propelled Team India to a commanding position, scoring at a remarkable strike rate of 129.55. The 36-year-old smacked three sixes and five fours, thrilling cricket enthusiasts with his aggressive batting display.

Adding to the delight, Rohit and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal forged India's fastest-ever 50-run opening partnership in Test cricket. The dynamic duo accumulated a staggering 466 runs as an opening pair in the West Indies series, establishing a new record for the highest opening partnership aggregate by Indian openers in a two-match Test series.

Not stopping there, Team India achieved another milestone, shattering Sri Lanka's world record for the fastest team 100 in Test cricket. The Asian giants raced to the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs, breaking the previous record set by Sri Lanka in 2001 against Bangladesh, which stood at 13.2 overs.

In a rain-affected match, wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan showcased his prowess with a brilliant half-century off 34 balls as India declared on 181-2 in 24 overs.

As Day 4 came to a close, India's commanding performance and Rohit Sharma's explosive knock put the visitors in a formidable position, leaving the West Indies to face a daunting challenge on the final day of the Test match.