Fans of India captain Rohit Sharma celebrated his century in the first Test against Australia by distributing food packets to needy children. Rohit scored 120 off 212 deliveries in the first innings of the Nagpur Test, becoming the game’s highest scorer. The impressive hundred put India on track in response to Australia’s total of 177. Photos now circulating on social media show Rohit’s fans working with the Chennai-based NGO Thaagam Foundation to distribute food packets. A photo of the Indian captain raising his bat in celebration appears on the packets. The photo also included a line that read, ‘Nothing Too Long. Along with ‘Rohit,’ hard work pays off.
This isn’t the first time Sharma’s fans have done something so generous. When Rohit Sharma scored a century against New Zealand on January 24, his fans delivered food packets to the needy. This knock enabled the 35-year-old batter to end his century drought in 50-over cricket. This was Rohit’s 30th ODI century, matching Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s total.
Returning to the Border Gavaskar Trophy, India completely dominated the first Test match against Australia. By uprooting the Australian openers, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami provided crucial early breakthroughs for the hosts. With the spinners introduced, Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with a five-wicket haul in the first innings. With his magnificent knock of 120 runs, Rohit Sharma was India’s highest run-scorer in the match.
When India batted, Jadeja followed up his outstanding bowling performance with a 70-run knock. Ravichandran Ashwin was instrumental in the first and second Australian batting innings, picking up three and five wickets respectively on a track that aided spinners. Todd Murphy’s seven-wicket haul could give the Aussies some hope in a disappointing match for the visitors.
The Indians are overjoyed following their convincing victory in Nagpur. The second Test is set for February 17 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. While the hosts hope to win the series with another victory, the visitors hope to make a comeback in the game.