Watch: Rohit throws away his wicket cheaply in Brisbane Test
India’s Test vice-captain made an entry into the Indian cricket team after missing the limited-overs series and first two Tests. The 33-year-old marked his presence in the third Test in Sydney where he scored 27 and 52 in the first and second innings. After a decent batting performance as an opener in overseas Test, good performance was expected from him in the fourth and final Test at The Gabba.
Rohit showcased brilliant fielding effort as he took 2 catches. Initially, he took a catch to dismiss David Warner and then again, he took another catch to get rid of Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith. With 2 catches to his account, Rohit went on to deliver with the ball as well.
The Indian vice-Test captain bowled medium pace to Australia’s right-handed batsman Marnus Labuschagne during the overs. However, he bowled just one ball to complete the over. Earlier, fast bowler Navdeep Saini suffered a groin injury as he walked off the pitch. It was Rohit who completed the over by delivering a single ball.
Coming out to bat in the first innings, Rohit went about his business and hit 6 fours to his 44. While he was facing Nathan Lyon, the stalwart tried to play a big shot for a six but he ended up mistiming it completely as he hit the ball high in the air. Mitchell Starc who was positioned at deep square leg took the catch in his safe pair of hands.
Rohit was looking awesome today, then he did this ☹️ pic.twitter.com/iEtrIcuXMc
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After the dismissal, former Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at Rohit for throwing away his wicket cheaply. Speaking on Channel 7 after Rohit’s departure, Gavaskar said, “That’s an unbelievable and irresponsible shot from Rohit Sharma. You’ve just hit a boundary earlier, why would you play that? You’re a senior player, there’s no excuse for this. An unnecessary wicket gifted away, totally unnecessary.”
While everyone slammed Rohit for his poor shot selection, the veteran reacted to his dismissal in a virtual presser after Day 2’s play. “Once I was in and I had played a few overs, I realised there was not much swing so I did little adjustment there, after that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it is something I won’t regret.
I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in and that is my role in this team to keep putting pressure on the bowlers. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers,” Rohit said.
“In doing that, there is a chance of making mistakes but you should be ready to accept that. It was a plan so I actually have no regrets about playing that shot, it is something I like to, Nathan Lyon is a smart bowler, he bowled into me so I was not able to get the elevation,” he added.