rohit sharma he currently captains India against Australia in the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. He handled pacemaker Mohammed Shami exceptionally well and took two key wickets by putting him on the attack on Day 1 when no one anticipated it.
His strategy of launching an onslaught of goalkeepers with Umesh Yadav immediately after Tea upset Steve Smith, who was left out in the follow-up by Ravindra Jadeja. But, at the end of the day, Rohit Sharma’s decision to take the second new ball backfired. Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and former India head coach Ravi Shastri also criticized him.
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Things have moved fast during Rohit Sharma’s tenure: Ravi Shastri
As India took two early wickets in the post-tea session on Day 1 of the Fourth Test, Cameron Green and Usman Khawaja were just beginning to develop a partnership. The Test match hung in the balance with Australia at 201/4 after 81 overs. With this being the best batting surface of the series, India need not have worried about a high first-innings total. They were hoping to get a few more wickets using the new ball at the end of the day’s game and keep Australia within 350.
The exact opposite happened. Green and Khawaja made the most of the second new ball. They increased their scoring rate and turned the tide in their favor. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were on fire. Australia totaled 255 for 4 after scoring 54 runs in nine overs against the second new ball.
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Shastri, who was earlier chided by Rohit Sharma for referring to the Indian team as “overconfident”, claimed the hosts lost their way when they chose to take the second new ball. Given the age of pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, the former India all-rounder believes it is not the best strategy to take up the new ball so early.
“I think India lost its way last night. Taking the new ball was not the right thing to do considering Umesh is 35 years old, Shami is not getting any younger. They had played a lot of bowling. They were getting tired. A shorter burst with two overs is fine. But taking the new ball so early allowed Australia to get away.” Shastri said in the comments on Day 2.
India failed to get a dismissal in the morning session on Friday as Green and Khawaja compounded the Indian bowlers’ woes. Shastri stated that this was a great test for Rohit Sharma as captain as it was the first time he had a very good batting pitch.
“As captain, things have moved fast during his tenure. He has been captaining on turning roads where things are overtaken in three days. So this is a big learning curve. When you play on a surface like this, where wickets are difficult to reach, the batting is good. As a captain, you must put on your thinking cap and organize your resources.
It’s one thing to be captain in India, to be captain abroad and to be captain in India on good tracks like these. He has all the skills, this is the exposure he needs.” he said.
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