Rohit Sharma is probably one of the most improved batsman in recent times in world cricket. Although, he has achieved a lot in limited overs career. But was struggling in the red ball format of the game. However, Rohit comes out of that struggle and scored his first overseas test ton at the Oval in ongoing test series against England. Test match is often said to be the toughest and purest format of the game. Here, we are going to talk about Rohit Sharma’s formula regarding India’s test victories.
The stats says that whenever Rohit scores more than 75 runs India had won the test each time. So, let’s talk about those victories of team India in the longest format of the game.
India vs West Indies | 1st Test | 2013
India were takes on West Indies at the Eden Gardens from Nov 6 to Nov 8, 2013. In that match, Rohit smashes 177 runs in 301 balls. However, Rohit smashed 23 fours and a six during his inning. West Indies were gone all out in 234 of their first Innings. In replaying India scored a mammoth 453 runs with the help of Rohit’s 177 and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 124. India won the Eden test match by an innings and 51 runs. Before West Indies were bowled out within 168 runs in their second innings. However, this journey of Rohit Sharma was just started with this match and more to come next.
India vs West Indies | 2nd Test | 2013
After the first test match at Eden Gardens, India again thrashed up the carribean’s in the next match. West Indies scored only 182 in their first innings. In replying them, India scored again a mammoth 495 runs with the help of Rohit and Pujara. The formula goes again as Rohit Sharma again hots a ton at his home ground Wankhede, Mumbai. Rohit smashes 111* runs in 127 deliveries. Also Rohit smashed 11 fours and 3 sixes during his innings of 111*. Let’s look out to the next one now.
India vs Sri Lanka | 2nd Test | 2015
India were trailing by 0-1 against the mighty Sri Lankan team in the series. However, India managed a good total on the board in the first innings against SL. In replaying SL also scores a good total of 306 runs. Coming into the second innings India scored 306 runs ad declared. Thus SL can not get over the line as they were stopped by Indian bowlers within 134 runs. However, Rohit Sharma smashes 5 fours an 3 huge sixes in the first innings. As Rohit scored valuable 79 runs in the first innings of India. As a result again India won the test match from coming 0-1 in the first test.
India vs New Zealand | 2nd Test | 2016
Coming back with a lead in the first test match against New Zealand, India was on the track of winning it again. However, India scored 360 runs in the first innings. In reply NZ scores only 204. As India was leading with 156 runs, Rohit Sharma came at no 6 to bat. Rohit smashes a valuable 82 runs in 132 deliveries. Moreover, he smashes 9 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 82 runs in the second innings. As a result India had won the match easily by a huge 178 runs. Again the formula works as Rohit scored 75+ runs.
India vs Sri Lanka | 3rd Test | 2017
India were leading the series by 1-0 as they had won both the test matches. Coming to the second test match India scored a mammoth 610 runs in replying Sri Lankas 205 runs in first innings. In those 610 runs four of Indian batsmen scored centuries. Murali Vijay, Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli and none other than Rohit Sharma. The Rohit Sharma’s 75+ runs formula again works as India had won the match by an innings an a huge 239 runs. However, according to the formula Rohit Sharma scored 102 runs in 160 balls. He smashes 8 fours and a six during his innings of 102 runs.
India vs South Africa | 1st Test | 2019
India were taking on South Africa in India with three test matches scheduled. In the 1st test India scored a huge 502 runs in their first innings. In replaying SA scored 431 runs in their first innings and India sets a target of 365 to the visitors. But South Africa can not get over the line as they scored 191 runs only. India easily won the match by huge 203 runs. The main artist of India’s victory was Rohit Sharma, who smashes back to back centuries in both of the innings. Moreover, Rohit scored 176 runs and 127 runs respectively in both innings. In first innings Rohit smashes 23 fours and 6 sixes and 10 fours and 7 sixes in the second innings.
India vs South Africa | 3rd Test | 2019
Coming to the third and final test match of the series against SA in 2019. As India already sealed the series ,moreover, they were looking for a white-wash. And the formula again works as Rohit Sharma scored his career best innings of 212 in red ball format of the game. Rohit smashes those runs in 255 balls with 28 fours and 6 sixes. This was his career best score as he was becoming the Indian opener that every Rohitian wants. India won the match by an innings an huge 202 runs. And yes the formula works again in this match. Let’s look into the remaining three against England.
India vs England | 2nd Test | 2021
England came India to play 4 matches test series against the rivals. However, India scored 329 runs in the first innings courtesy Rohit Sharma’s 161 runs. India managed a win by 317 runs against the rivals. Moreover, Rohit smashes 18 fours and 2 sixes during his innings of 161 runs. And again the formula works as Rohit scored 75+ runs in his first innings.
India vs England | 2nd Test | 2021
After a clinical victory at home, Indian team were gearing up for the ultimate tests at England. However, the first match were ended in a draw as the weather was not suitable on day 5. Moving towards the second test match India registered a victory at the home of cricket, Lord’s. India won the 2nd test match by a huge 151 runs, courtesy KL Rahul’s century and Rohit Sharma’s valuable 83 runs. As a result India won the match and the formula again works.
India vs England | 4th Test | 2021
After winning at Lord’s and losing the third match Indi and England were anticipating a win at the Oval. However, India managed a historic win against England at the Oval. Moreover, India has won after almost 50 years at the Oval. The last victory was back n 1971. And yes again the Rohit Sharma’s formula has worked. As Rohit Sharma scored his maiden away test century at the Oval. Also, Shardul Thakur scores with bat in both of the innings also bowls a good spell. And both of them leaded India in the series by 2-1 with a match remaining. Again the formula of Rohit Sharma’s 75+runs has worked and India won by 157 runs.
So the formula is simple, when Rohit Sharma scores 75+ runs in his innings, India wins. However, as we see in those 10 matches India managed a win against all the opponents.
N.B : The stats are accurate as of 08/09/2021.