Rohit, who is the latest entrant in the all-Indian ODI double century club, had to wait for 108 ODIs and six years for the Test debut. He came close in 2010 but a freak injury moments before the toss forced him to miss the Nagpur Test against South Africa in 2010.  

"All I can say, it (the wait to make debut) was worth it, it can't get better than this, such a memorable match, really happy with what we have achieved," said Rohit, who is the only cricketer to make a Test debut after playing 100 ODIs.

It was a fantastic 280-run stand for the seventh-wicket between Rohit (177) and Ravichandran Ashwin (124) that turned the match on its heels for India from a precarious 156 for six in the first innings.

"We knew we had to extend the partnership as much as we can to get a lead. It wasn't easy to bat, runs weren't coming easy, we just wanted to stick out there and capitalise on loose balls. I really love playing at Eden Gardens, the crowd was amazing... it's been a really memorable ground for me," said Rohit, who was adjudged Man of the Match.

Ashwin said watching Rohit bat was a pleasure for him."When I got in the way, the wicket was behaving and (Shane) Shillingford was bowling. I thought I'd spend time at the crease and trust my defence... he was giving it an extra rip, that was a bit of a challenge... we enjoyed batting with each other, it was a pleasure watching Rohit bat," he said.

Asked about his bowling in the second innings when he picked up 3/46, Ashwin said: "It was one of the best bowling spells I had, I was very happy, just focusing on lines."

(Agencies)

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