Cricket/ Rohit Sharma breaks Akram’s 23-year-old record of most sixes in a Test Match

Vizag: Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma on Saturday surpassed Wasim Akram to hit the most number of sixes in a Test match.

He achieved the feat on day four of the first Test match between India and South Africa.

The right-handed batsman broke the 23-year-old record previously held by Akram. The former Pakistan cricketer had hit twelve sixes in a match against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura.

Rohit whacked 13 sixes in the first Test and smashed two centuries in both the innings.

The right-handed batsman also became the second Indian opener to score two centuries in both the innings of a Test match.

Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is the other Indian opener to score centuries in both innings of the Test match.

India thrashed South Africa by 203 runs to register their first win of the series.

Mohammad Shami

Shami becomes first pacer since 1996 to take a five-wicket haul in fourth innings of a Test match: Meanwhile,  India bowler Mohammad Shami on Sunday became the first pacer since 1996 to take a five-wicket haul in fourth innings of a Test match in India.

He achieved the feat on the final day of the first Test match between India and South Africa.

Shami finished with bowling figures of 5/35. This is the first time since Proteas’ Lance Klusener in 1996 that a pacer has taken five wickets in the fourth innings of a Test in India.

Shami’s figures are the sixth-best by any pacer in the fourth innings of a Test in India.

Lance Kluserner (8/64 in 1996), Javagal Srinath (6/21 in 1996), West Indies’ Vanburn Holder (6/39 in 1974), Madan Lal (1981) and Karsan Ghavri (1977) are the only other pacers in history with better fourth innings bowling spells in India.

From his five wickets, Shami got four bowled dismissals. This is the second time in Tests that an Indian pacer has recorded the feat.

Jasprit Bumrah became the first bowler to record four bowled dismissals in the recently concluded series against West Indies.

Rohit Sharma was exceptional in the match as he scored 176 runs in the first innings and then he went on to score 126 in the second innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin

Ashwin on becoming joint-fastest to 350 Test wickets: After becoming the joint-fastest bowler to scalp 350 Test wickets, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday said that no one could plan for these types of records and he has really been lucky.

His remarks came after the conclusion of the first Test match in which India recorded a comprehensive 203-run win over South Africa at Visakhapatnam.

Ashwin took the wicket of Thenuis de Bruyn on the final day and he became the joint-fastest to 350 Test wickets along with Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

In a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, Ashwin said: “Obviously these things happen over a period of time. It is not like you can plan for these sorts of records. I have been very lucky, but it is important to stick to the process and your basics.”

“I want to keep it as simple as possible. When it comes to my skill, I want to be prepared to the best of my ability. I try to be in the best possible physical and mental space getting into a match. I want to keep it really simple,” he added.