New Delhi, Dec 6: It was a Super Sunday for Ajinkya Rahane as he hit his 2nd century of the match here to join an elite list of Indian batsmen who have achieved the feat.
At the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on Sunday (December 6), Rahane scored his 6th Test ton, second in the ongoing 4th Test against South Africa.
Rahane hit 100 not out as India declared their 2nd innings at 267/5, setting a 481-run target for the visitors on the 4th day. As soon as Rahane reached to his ton (moving from 99 to 100 with a single off Imran Tahir), India declared.
In the 1st innings, the right-handed Rahane had scored 127 and today he completed another three-figure score to join Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar (thrice), Rahul Dravid (twice) and captain Virat Kohli in an elite company.
The 27-year-old Rahane, in his 22nd Test, is the 5th Indian to score a century in both innings of a Test. It was a memorable day for the Mumbai batsman at a ground where he made his Test debut in 2013 against Australia. He did not have a good 1st Test as he fell for 7 and 1.
Hazare was the first Indian to achieve the feat of scoring twin hundreds, in 1948, against Australia in Adelaide.
Then, Gavaskar did it three times (1971, 1978 and 1979). Dravid hit 2 centuries twice, in 1999 and 2005. Kohli joined the greats earlier this year in Adelaide.
Indian batsmen to score centuries in each innings of a Test
1. Vijay Hazare (116 and 145) Vs Australia in Adelaide in 1948
2. Sunil Gavaskar - 3 times
124, 220 Vs West Indies in Port-of-Spain in 1971
111, 137 Vs Pakistan in Karachi in 1978
107, 182 not out Vs West Indis in Kolkata in 1979
3. Rahul Dravid - 2 times
190, 103 not out Vs New Zealand in Hamilton in 1999
110, 135 Vs Pakistan in Kolkata in 2005
4. Virat Kohli (115, 141) Vs Australia in Adelaide in 2015
5. Ajinkya Rahane (127, 100 not out) Vs South Africa in 2015