Ranchi: Opening batsman Rohit Sharma on Saturday broke the record for registering the most number of sixes in a bilateral Test series.
Rohit achieved the feat on the first day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Ranchi. Rohit has now smashed 16 sixes in the entire series.
Rohit went past West Indies’ batsman Shimron Hetmyer who had registered 15 sixes in the series against Bangladesh in 2018/19.
Before Hetmyer, Harbhajan Singh held the record as he hit 14 sixes in the series against New Zealand in 2010/11.
Rohit, who hit his sixth century in the Test, also became only the second Indian opener to score three or more centuries in a Test series. Sunil Gavaskar was the only previous Indian to do so, in three different series.
India had scored 224 for the loss of three wickets on the first day of the Ranchi Test. Rohit remained not out at 117, with Rahane at 83 not out. Rohit and Rahane added 185 runs for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, the South Africa gave early jolts to India when Kagiso Rabada claimed the wickets of Mayank Agrawal and Cheteshwar Pujara. India also lost the wicket of Virat Kohli at total team score of 39. However, after that Rohit and Rahane saw the day through and in doing so Rohit also completed his century, while Rahane completed his half century. The other successful bowler for the visitors was A Nortje, who got the prized wicket of Indian captain.