ENG vs IND: Batting coach Vikram Rathour comments on dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli got out to cheap scores of 21 and 20 runs respectively during India's second innings in London.

Rohit Sharma, Vikram Rathour and Virat Kohli
(L-R) Rohit Sharma, Vikram Rathour and Virat Kohli

The Indian cricket team batting coach Vikram Rathour has shed light on the dismissals of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli during the second Test match against England at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. 

India’s two of the best batsmen got out while attempting ‘unnecessary’ strokes as per the situation of the match. Sharma threw his wicket away off a mistimed pull shot off Mark Wood’s bowling. On the other hand, skipper Kohli feathered a fifth-stump line ball against Sam Curran and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler completed a regulation catch.

Vikram Rathour reckoned that the Indian opener got out while playing one of his strongest and run-scoring shots. However, he stated that the Mumbaikar needs to be a bit “more selective” while he’s out there in the middle

“There will be analysis, of course, every time they get out, we will be having a talk, what happened and what they were thinking while batting or while they played that shot,” Rathour said at the virtual post-day press conference after the fourth day’s play.

“As far Rohit is concerned, I think he has made it clear that that is the shot which fetches him runs, that is the shot where he gets runs with, so he is going to play those shots and we are backing him to play those shots, the only thing he needs to do is to be a little more selective, with what to play and when to play…”

“It’s just a lapse in concentration today for Virat”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Soon after the dismissal of Sharma (21), Virat Kohli also got out for yet another low score of 20 runs. The batting coach highlighted that it’s just a lapse in concentration today for the skipper as he shouldn’t have offered a shot on that delivery.

“Kohli, I don’t think there was an issue, it was just a lapse in concentration today, where his bat went to the ball, which he shouldn’t have played and nothing more, I don’t think anything old (is) coming back,” the batting coach said.

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