Rohit Sharma's ton on Test debut indicates his burgeoning maturity index

Rohit Sharma has been in outstanding form in the ODIs. He struck a double hundred against Australia recently and was rewarded with a Test debut at Eden Gardens. The 14th Indian batsman to score a hundred in his first Test, the Mumbai batsman can become a crucial member of the Test squad.

updated: November 07, 2013 20:15 IST
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Rohit SharmaRohit Sharma, in sublime ODI form of late, slammed a century (127*) on Test debut to prove that he is going to part of Team India in the longer format of the game as well. Rohit scored a brilliant century to fashion India's fightback on Day 2 of the Eden Gardens Test after the hosts were reduced to 83 for five by Caribbean off-spinner Shane Shillingford. Rohit became the 14th Indian to score a century on debut and joined an exclusive club that has former skippers Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Mohammed Azharuddin among other top batsmen. (Day 2 report)

On Thursday, Rohit showed the right temperament, excellent technique and exquisite touch to score his runs. His 198-run seventh-wicket stand with Ravichandran Ashwin (70) helped India get past West Indies' first innings score of 234. Rohit laced his century with 16 fours and a six. But it was his 228-ball stay and the ability to hold the innings together under pressure that made his innings extremely valuable.

The 26-year-old - handed his Test cap by Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday - came in at a time when the hosts had lost five wickets. Shillingford's spin was posing a serious threat and Indian batsmen had no answers. All except Rohit. The Player of the Series in the recently-concluded India versus Australia seven-match ODI series, Rohit brilliantly adjusted to Test cricket. (Pictures)

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