Rohit grateful after repaying the faith

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Batsman Rohit Sharma downplayed the enormity of the achievement, after leading India to a formidable total of 354 for six on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Batsman Rohit Sharma downplayed the enormity of the achievement, after leading India to a formidable total of 354 for six on day two of the first Test against the West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The hosts were in a precarious position when Rohit arrived at the crease, after spinner Shane Shillingford reduced the score to a fragile 82 for four. The debutant and all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, however, put on an unbroken 198-run stand.

Sharma became only the 14th Indian to score a century on debut, striking 16 boundaries and a six en route to 127 not out. Aswhin, meanwhile, moved to an unbeaten 92 – 10 fours included.

"No, not really, I didn't know I was only the 14th. There was a lot of pressure, we had lost five early wickets. Maybe, when I get back to the hotel room and relax, I'll look back on what I have done," said Rohit.

"I'm glad I could manage the day and get the team to a good total. I'm thankful, another important day coming up, so let's hope it's a good one.

A Test ton is always a special one and getting on debut was more special. I was very focused and I wanted to do it, was glad I could manage something like that."

India's lead is 120, after the Windies fell to 234 all out in the first innings, with debutant fast bowler Mohammad Shami the recipient of a telling four-wicket haul.

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