5 Best Test knocks by players under Rohit Sharma's captaincy

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5 Best Test knocks by players under Rohit Sharma's captaincy

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As Rohit Sharma assumed the captaincy of the Indian Test team in 2021, he swiftly established himself as a remarkable leader, particularly excelling in the challenging home Test arena. While his away record boasts a commendable balance of 2 wins, 2 losses, and a draw in 5 games, it's under his captaincy in home conditions that Rohit has orchestrated some truly outstanding performances.

In this listicle, we delve into the top 5 Test innings played under Rohit's captaincy. It explores the moments when the dynamic leader pulled out the best from key players. From crucial partnerships to match-defining knocks, these innings underline their impact in shaping memorable Test encounters.

#5. Dhruv Jurel's 90 (149) and 39 (77) in Ranchi vs. England, 2024

Dhruv Jurel

In the Ranchi encounter against England in 2024, Dhruv Jurel's exemplary batting proved pivotal in India's triumph. In the first inning, he showcased resilience by crafting a crucial 90 runs (149 balls) and orchestrating a magnificent partnership with Kuldeep Yadav.

This partnership propelled India beyond the 300-run mark, salvaging them from a precarious position at 177 for seven wickets. Jurel's astute innings laid the foundation for a commendable fightback. In the second inning, chasing a target of 192, Jurel's quickfire 39* (77 balls) ensured India's successful pursuit, leading them to a remarkable series win. His stellar performances rightfully earned him the well-deserved Man of the Match award.

#4. Yashasvi Jaiswal's 214*(236) in Rajkot vs. England, 2024

Yashasvi Jaiswal

In a remarkable display of resilience and skill, Yashasvi Jaiswal left an indelible mark in the 3rd Test against England in Rajkot, 2024. After a challenging start in the 1st innings where India lost three wickets for just 33 runs, including the dismissal of the previous match's double-centurion, Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, the young batter bounced back emphatically in the 2nd innings.

Jaiswal's unbeaten 214 off 236 balls propelled India to a commanding position, contributing significantly to their total of 445. This outstanding performance, coupled with England's 319 in response, led India to a convincing victory by 434 runs, showcasing Jaiswal's pivotal role in the team's triumph.

#3. Axar Patel's 74 (115) in Delhi vs. Australia, 2023

Axar Patel

In a pivotal moment during the Delhi vs. Australia Test in 2023, Axar Patel showcased his resilience with a spectacular innings of 74 runs off 115 balls. Facing adversity at 139/7 in 50.5 overs, Axar's powerful batting turned the tide.

Forming a crucial 114-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin, who contributed 37 off 71 balls, Axar's determined effort nearly propelled India to surpass Australia's first-innings total of 263. His outstanding contribution not only rescued India from a precarious position but also set the stage for a thrilling turnaround on the dramatic second day of the second Test.

#2. KL Rahul's 101 (137) in Centurion vs. South Africa, 2023

KL Rahul

KL Rahul's comeback innings in Centurion against South Africa in 2023 stand as a testament to his resilience and batting prowess. Returning to the team after a five-test hiatus due to poor form, the 31-year-old entered the fray at a precarious 92/4 after lunch on Day 1.

His masterful innings of 101 off 137 deliveries became the cornerstone for India's total of 245 on a challenging wicket, marked by consistent swing, seam, and extra bounce. Rahul's innate ability to play the ball late was evident, forming the bedrock of his impressive strike rate of 73.7, showcasing his adaptability and class in adverse conditions.

#1. Rohit Sharma's 120 (212) in Nagpur vs. Australia, 2023

Rohit Sharma

In a triumphant return to Test cricket after an 11-month hiatus, Rohit Sharma played a pivotal role in steering India to dominance against Australia in Nagpur in 2023. His composed and assured innings of 120 runs, marked by resilience and finesse, not only secured his ninth Test century but also served as his maiden hundred as the team's captain.

Operating on a slow-turning pitch, Rohit's masterful knock laid the foundation for India's commanding total of 400 runs, ultimately leading to a resounding victory by an innings and 132 runs. This innings not only showcased Rohit's brilliance but also underscored his significant impact as a leader in the Test arena.

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