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'Good things are about to follow' - Rohit promises further heroics after twin tons
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'Good things are about to follow' - Rohit promises further heroics after twin tons

Rohit Sharma said the magnificent start to his new role as India's Test opener was just an indication of more glittering knocks to follow in the future.

Rohit, having played all his career in the longest format in the middle-order, became the first opener in Test cricket to make a century in each innings of a debut game with sizzling contributions of 176 and 127 in the match.

The 32-year-old last played a Test for India during their historic series-winning tour of Australia in December.

The limited-overs star has struggled to become a regular presence in the red-ball setup but his dominant display of batting at Vizag seems to have silenced his detractors.

Rohit admitted he had been practicing against the new ball, harnessing his skills against the red cherry during his time away from Test cricket.

"Whenever I was not playing a Test match, in the nets I was batting with the new ball trying to be ready if the opportunity comes," he said.

"It's a great start and I have a long way to go. It's not the end, it's the start. Good things are about to follow," Rohit warned oppositions.

En route his stellar show, Rohit struck 13 sixes in the match, a new record as he managed to surpass Wasim Akram's tally of 12 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in 1996.

He clarified his intentions were not for achieving individual records but instead wanted to contribute to his team's victory.

"All those things are nice to happen along the way but I have said many times I am not here for records.

"I just want to enjoy the game. I know it might be boring but that is what it is."

'I have protected myself with a shield around me'

Rohit's selection as opener was a topic of contention before the start of the match particularly with the uncapped Shubman Gill in the squad, who has been scoring heaps of runs in first-class cricket.

The senior batsman, nevertheless, stuck to his strengths and bossed the proceedings in the series opener against South Africa.

He downplayed the negative comments surrounding his promotion up the order and claimed to be completely focused on his game.

"I have protected myself with a shield around me for a long time now and all those things, what happens outside does not come inside that shield," Rohit said.

"So what people talk and what people think of me doesn't really bother me, because eventually I have to play my game and I have to enjoy my game because it was my dream to play cricket.

"And I am living that dream."

He was instrumental in helping India regain the advantage in the second innings by smashing a counterattacking century after South Africa engineered a spirited fightback on Friday.