Top 4 Test Knocks By Rohit Sharma Vs England

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Rohit Sharma, affectionately known as the 'Hitman,' has carved a distinctive niche for himself in the land of Test cricket, a format where he made his mark in 2013. While his initial encounters against England began in 2014, it was in 2019 that Rohit started on a transformative journey, donning the role of a Test opener for the first time. This pivotal move not only reshaped India's batting order but also marked the genesis of a new chapter in Rohit's illustrious career.

The year 2019, characterised by Rohit's ODI heroics in the World Cup, seamlessly flowed into his Test renaissance. Since then, Rohit Sharma has not only been a consistent force at the top of India's Test batting lineup but also shouldered the responsibility of captaining the side in 2022. Surprisingly, under his captaincy, Rohit is yet to face England in a Test match, an anticipation that lingers on the horizon.

His encounters with the English side in Test cricket have witnessed him amass 747 runs in nine matches, averaging an impressive 48.19, with two centuries and three half-centuries. 

In this article, in simpler terms, we'll delve into the top 4 test knocks by Rohit Sharma against  England.

161 in Chennai, 2021

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2nd Test, Chennai, February 13 - 16, 2021

In the second Test of the England tour of India in 2021, after a disappointing loss in the first match, Rohit Sharma stepped up with a remarkable 161 runs off 231 balls. Despite losing his partner early in the game, Rohit anchored the innings with 18 fours and a couple of sixes, showcasing an impressive strike-rate of about 69.

Rohit's ton played a crucial role in India's total of 329. In response, England struggled against the Indian attack and were limited to 134. With a mammoth target of 482, England fell short, resulting in a resounding 317-run victory for India. This innings not only solidified Rohit's position as India's regular opener but also showcased his ability to anchor the innings under pressure.

India won by 317 runs

127 in Oval, 2021

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4th Test, The Oval, September 02 - 06, 2021

As the Test series unfolded, Rohit Sharma's innings at The Oval added another glorious chapter to his overseas Test exploits. In the fourth Test, he played a crucial role, scoring 127 runs. Partnering with Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit crafted a partnership of 153 for the second wicket. His innings, marked by resolute defense and opportunistic run-scoring, propelled India to a commanding position. Though England threatened a brief comeback, removing both Rohit and Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja steadied the ship.

India won by 157 runs

66 in Ahmedabad, 2021

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3rd Test (D/N), Ahmedabad, February 24 - 25, 2021

In a crucial third Test against England in Ahmedabad, Rohit Sharma stepped up when India was 0-1 down in the series. His first-innings knock of 66 runs off 96 balls was nothing short of a masterclass. On a challenging pitch where most batsmen struggled, Rohit showcased clarity of thought, solid defense, positive intent, and clean striking.

Scoring 57% of India's total of 115 when he was dismissed, Rohit played a crucial role in ensuring India had a competitive first-innings total. His innings, marked by a blend of caution and aggression, proved to be the difference between the two sides on a spin-friendly wicket. Rohit's ability to control the game and his evolution as a batsman were evident in these innings.

India won by 10 wickets

83 in Lord's, 2021

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2nd Test, Lord's, August 12 - 16, 2021

During the second Test of India's tour to England in 2021, Rohit Sharma showcased his mettle with a crucial 83 off 145 balls at Lord's. Although he fell agonizingly short of his maiden Test hundred outside India, Rohit's innings played a vital role in a record 100-plus opening stand with KL Rahul.

Facing challenging conditions, Rohit defended diligently in the first hour and then accelerated, smashing boundaries to share a historic opening stand. This innings not only marked India's first-century opening stand at Lord's since 1952 but also highlighted Rohit's ability to adapt and perform in difficult overseas conditions.

India won by 151 runs