Group India skipper Rohit Sharma appeared in terrific contact on Day 2 of the primary Take a look at towards Australia on the Vidarbha Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Nagpur on Friday, February 10. Resuming his innings on his in a single day rating of 56*, Rohit was unbeaten on 85 at Lunch, guiding India to 151/3.
Whereas he appeared in full command out within the center, the Indian captain had a fortunate escape simply earlier than the session got here to an finish. He narrowly escaped a run-out following a mix-up with Virat Kohli.
Within the forty eighth over of India’s innings, Kohli positioned a supply from Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon in direction of midwicket. He then took a few steps down the wicket, suggesting he was fascinated by a fast run.
Rohit responded and charged in direction of the opposite finish. Nonetheless, realizing it was a decent run, Kohli pulled out. The Indian captain then needed to scamper again and put in a determined dive to achieve his crease safely. A large throw from the fielder additionally aided the Indian batter’s trigger. Acknowledging his mistake, Kohli put his hand up and apologized to his captain.
Kohli was unbeaten on 12 off 25 balls when Lunch was taken on Day 2 of the Nagpur Take a look at. He was dismissed at first of the second session, changing into Todd Murphy‘s fourth sufferer within the innings.
Resuming their first innings on 77/1, India misplaced nightwatchman Ravichandran Ashwin (23) and Cheteshwar Pujara (seven). Australia’s debutant off-spinner Murphy claimed each wickets.
The bowler had additionally dismissed KL Rahul (20) simply earlier than stumps on Day 1, thus claiming his maiden Take a look at scalp.
“He will not enable any bowler to settle” – Ravi Shastri on Rohit Sharma’s influence
After Ravindra Jadeja’s five-wicket haul on comeback restricted Australia to 177 on Day 1 in Nagpur, Rohit prolonged India’s benefit with a brisk half-century. Talking on the ICC Evaluate present after the opening day’s play, Ravi Shastri equated Rohit with former opener Virender Sehwag.
Sharing his views on the importance of the Indian captain’s type with the bat within the ongoing collection, Shastri stated:
“If Rohit stays there, he will get it shortly. He will not enable any bowler to settle. Runs will come very similar to Viru at his greatest. When Virender Sehwag was in type, he made the job for the center order lots simpler by actually taking it to the opposition early on. His function shall be that.”
The continuing Take a look at towards Australia in Nagpur is Rohit’s first red-ball sport for India because the Bengaluru Take a look at towards Sri Lanka in March 2022.
Edited by Renin Wilben Albert