Rohit Sharma's Test debut could have been even more memorable but for just 23 runs. After becoming the 14th Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut, Sharma could have become the first Indian to score a double century as a debutant but missed the landmark by just 23 runs. On Day 3 of the Eden Gardens Test against the West Indies on Friday, Sharma was out LBW to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for 177.
Sharma would have joined a very small club of cricketers -- England's Tip Foster (287 in 1903), West Indies' Lawrence Rowe (214 in 1972), Sri Lanka's Brendon Kuruppu (201 not out in 1987), New Zealand's Matthew Sinclair (214 in 1999) and South Africa's Jacques Rudoplh (222 not out in 2003) - to have smashed double centuries on Test debut.
Sharma, who got his Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday, is the first Indian to appear in a Test match after playing 100 ODIs. Former Test opener Sunil Gavaskar feels this has been possible because of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who must have believed in Sharma's potential in the longer-format of the game. "Dhoni must be credited for keeping his faith in Rohit who is a special kid," Gavaskar said of the 26-year-old Sharma.