Rahane’s century helped India post a 481-run target – India’s highest ever against South Africa and fifth highest over all.
It was Rahane’s second century in the match. He scored 127 runs in the first innings to go with 100 not out in the second innings. With that he joined the elite list of Indian batsmen who have scored centuries in each innings of a Test match.
The first Indian batsman to hit centuries in each innings of a Test was Vijay Hazare who hit 116 and 145 against Australia in Adeliade in January 1948.
After that Sunil Gavaskar achieved the feat three times – 124 and 220 against West Indies in 1971, 111 and 137 against Pakistan in 1978, and 107 and 182 not out against West Indies in 1978.
Congrats @ajinkyarahane88 on a fantastic 100????????This 100 is all the more special keeping in mind the situation of the game.Keep it up????
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 4, 2015
Rahul Dravid did it twice. Once against New Zealand in 1999 at Hamilton where he scored hit 190 and 103 not and then Pakistan in 2005 at Kolkata hitting 110 and 135.
The last batsman before Rahane to achieve the distinction was Virat Kohli who hit 115 and 141 in the Adelaide Test during India’s tour to Australia last year.
Rahane also achieved the second-best match aggregate for India while batting at No. 5 or lower. His match aggregate from the Ferozeshah Kotla Test is 227 runs.
Record for the best match aggregate is held by VVS Laxman who scored 259 runs (200 not out and 59 not out respectively) against Australia in 2008 at the same ground. Rahane beat MS Dhoni’s match aggregate of 224 runs that he scored against Australia at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Chennai in 2013.
Interestingly, Rahane made his Test debut at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in 2013 but failed to reach the double figures getting out on 7 and 1. Two years later, he entered the record books. Quite a big statement Rahane has made here.
Watch his century:
WATCH: A hundred in each innings, century no.6 - one laced with some fine strokes #IndvsSA https://t.co/n4BGS2qeke — BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2015