Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing Rohit Sharma © AFP
Kagiso Rabada celebrates after dismissing Rohit Sharma © AFP

Yet another overseas Test and yet again Rohit Sharma failed. Old habits die hard and in Rohit’s case it’s not dying. Once again, he fell to an inswinger from Kagiso Rabada. He walked back, utilising a review. Rohit, who scored 11 and 10 in the Cape Town Test, managed just 10 in the first innings of the Centurion Test.

Rohit’s selection over vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has a very good record in South Africa, created a furore in the fraternity. Despite Rohit’s twin failure, Rahane was persisted with. Rohit’s overseas batting average has now dropped down to 24.5.

Lowest batting averages for an Indian batsman with minimum 5 Tests against South Africa:

Players M R Ave HS
Venkatesh Prasad 6 37 5.28 15
Ishant Sharma 12 49 5.44 23
Javagal Srinath 13 136 8.50 41
Rohit Sharma 6 102 9.27 25
Sreesanth 9 108 9.81 29

Twitterati were severe on Rohit after his failure.

 

 

https://twitter.com/hiyaok/status/952555208436936706

 

India ended Day Two at 183 for 5 with Virat Kohli batting on 85. The visitors still trail by 152 runs.