Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill ended India’s 11-year-old jinx at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Rohit, who made a return to India’s playing XI against Australia, scored on 26 runs at the top of the order and consumed 77 deliveries to see off the new ball and stitched up a 70-run partnership with young Shubman.
During their partnership, the two cricketers unlocked a significant milestone which was previously breached by the opening duo of former openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
Shubman and Rohit batted for 27 overs during their opening partnership before the latter was done in by smart bowling from Josh Hazlewood. Before their 70-run foundation at the top, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the last Indian opening pair to have played out more than 20 overs in a Test outside Asia.
The former cricketers achieved the same against South Africa at Centurion in December 2010, i.e. 11 years ago.
Interestingly, this was the first occasion where Rohit and Shubman opened together for India. In their maiden innings together itself, the duo batted out more overs than the previous four innings combined by Indian openers in the ongoing series Down Under.
Twin failures each from Prithvi Shaw at the Adelaide Oval and Mayank Agarwal at the MCG saw Indian openers collectively face just 8.5 overs in the first two Tests.