The dynamic Indian opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal etched their names in the record books as they became only the fourth opening pair to achieve two century stands in away Tests. Their remarkable feat came during the second Test against the West Indies at the picturesque Port of Spain.
Following their double-century partnership in the first Test, the formidable duo of Jaiswal and Rohit continued their exceptional form in the second Test, delighting fans with a splendid opening partnership of 139 runs. Their ability to provide a solid foundation for the Indian team has placed them in the esteemed company of some of the game’s greatest opening pairs.
The first opening pair to accomplish two century stands in an away Test series was the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Chetan Chauhan, who achieved this feat against England in 1979. They were followed by the explosive pair of Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra, who accomplished the feat in Australia in 2004. Another memorable partnership between Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer against the West Indies in 2006 also secured them a place in this elite club.
When it comes to consecutive century partnerships by an Indian opening pair, the duo of Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay leads the pack. Their extraordinary run of successive century stands spanned from 2008 to 2009, leaving an indelible mark in cricket history. They are closely followed by the pairs of Sunil Gavaskar and Farookh Engineer (1973-74), Sunil Gavaskar and Anshuman Gaikwad (1976), Sunil Gavaskar and Arun Lal (1982), and Sadagoppan Ramesh and Devang Gandhi (1999).
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As for the ongoing Test match, at the end of the second session on day one, India stood at 182/4, with the formidable captain, Virat Kohli, remaining unbeaten on 18 runs. India commenced the session at 121/0, with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on a well-crafted 63 runs, accompanied by Yashasvi Jaiswal, who reached a composed half-century. However, their partnership was broken at 139 runs with the dismissal of Jaiswal for a commendable 57 runs. The fall of Shubman Gill (10) and Rohit Sharma (80) in quick succession saw India at 155/3. Captain Kohli then partnered with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who unfortunately fell for eight runs on the final ball of the second session.