India and Australia are fighting it out in the final Test of the four-Test series, as the former defends the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 44, while many term his dismissal as reckless. Furthermore, many have questioned him for not learning from the past.
India and Australia continue to grind it in the final Test for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, at The Gabba in Brisbane. India is pursuing to at least match the total of 369 set by Australia in the first innings, as the former is well on course.
Meanwhile, senior opener Rohit Sharma was dismissed on Day 2, on Saturday, for 44, as a seemingly rash shot off Nathan Lyon saw him being caught by Mitchell Starc at mid-on. Consequently, he has been slammed by fans and experts for giving away his wicket in a reckless manner. It is also being questioned as to why he does not learn from his past mistakes.
Meanwhile, Rohit defended himself by saying that he was confident of the shot, besides crediting Lyon for outsmarting him. "I was actually trying to pierce the long-on and that deep square-leg fielder [as he did in Sydney too, successfully], but it didn't connect the way I would have loved to. Pretty simple. It was something I won't regret. It is something I like to do. I like to put the pressure on the bowler once I am in, and that is my role in the team. To make sure I keep putting that pressure on the bowlers because we have seen throughout the series how run-scoring has been difficult for both the teams," he said after Day 2, reports ESPNCricinfo.
"So somewhere, someone needs to put his hand up and think about how we can put the pressure back on the bowlers. And while doing that, there are chances you will make a mistake, and you should be ready to accept that. I am ready to accept that because it was a plan. It was something that wasn't beyond our plans. It was something that we always planned. I actually have no regrets playing that shot. It is something I like to do. Just that Nathan Lyon - we all know he is a smart bowler - bowled into me, which made it difficult for me to get some elevation," he added.
Rohit said that it is a shot his plays regularly and one miscalculated attempt does not mean he is to be criticised for it. "It is not coming out of nowhere. It is a shot that I play. And I have played it very well in the past. It is something that I really back myself to do all the time. That is the kind of role I play in this team. Yes, when it looks like that, it looks bad, but that is something I don't think too much into. Of course, I like to make it count and make it big but having said that there is a process, which I like to follow, and the process is obviously to make sure that once I am in, I am on top of the bowlers, and that I am trying to keep the pressure on the opposition bowlers," he explained.
"Sometimes you get out; sometimes it goes over the rope, but yeah, I mean, it was unfortunate and a very sad dismissal, to be honest. Again those are my shots and I will keep playing them,' he concluded.
Match summary: Winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia has posted 369, with Marnus Labuschagne and skipper Tim Paine being the top scorers, while three of the Indian bowlers claimed three wickets. India is going steady in its first innings, with Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur scoring maiden Test half-centuries.
Brief scores: 369 (Labuschagne 108, Paine 50; Thakur 3/94, Sundar 3/89, Natarajan 3/78) leads India 328/9 (Sundar 62, Thakur 67; Hazlewood 4/50) by 40 runs.
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Last Updated Jan 17, 2021, 12:25 PM IST