Australia vs India: Rohit and Gill give strong start, 10 years after first Indian opener played 20 overs outside Asia

Sydney
Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, playing their second Test match, got off to opening innings for the first time. Together they gave India a dull start in the Sydney Test against Australia.

Sharma-Gill’s good start
On the second day of the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar series, Sharma and Gill added 70 runs for the first wicket. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 26 runs. At the same time, Gill (Shubman Gill Half Century) made the first half-century of his Test career. He became a victim of Pat Cummins after scoring 50 runs. The partnership batted for 27 overs.

This record was made after 10 years
This is the first time since December 2010 that an Indian opening pair has batted 20 overs or more outside Asia. At that time, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had bowled 29.3 overs in the Centurion against South Africa. Meanwhile, India have played 92 innings outside Asia, but not a single opening pair could last 20 overs.

Rohit-Aggarwal did amazing
Rohit and Gill completed a 50-run partnership in the 19th over. This is the first time in 14 innings that the Indian opening pair has shared more than 50 runs. Earlier in the year 2019, Rohit and Mayank Agarwal added 317 runs against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.