Former India cricketer VVS Laxman shed light on opener Rohit Sharma’s dismissal during the second innings of the Lord’s Test against England. The right-hander was looking in great touch before he fell to a short delivery off speedster Mark Wood.
Rohit Sharma got out while playing a pull shot but couldn’t manage to connect the ball with the full face of the bat. Moreover, he had smashed an outstanding six a couple of deliveries off a bouncer earlier in the same over. The 34-year-old was looking really comfortable in the middle during his short-spanned knock of 21 runs, including two fours and a six.
While talking ESPN Cricinfo, Laxman dissected Sharma’s dismissal and reckoned that he fell for the trap set by the opposition. He said:
“Rohit Sharma has let himself down. We have seen him get out in that fashion in the first Test in Nottingham as well. Sometimes your favourite stroke can lead to your downfall. In the very same over, he got a beautiful six over fine leg.
When the opposition captain makes a change, it is very clear that it is their line of attack and they want Rohit Sharma to play (a particular shot). It was a trap for Rohit Sharma and he, unfortunately, fell into that. He is a much more experienced player than what he saw with that shot selection.”
“Very disappointed with that shot selection from Rohit Sharma”
The cricketer-turned-commentator stated that the Indian opener must have carried on with the bat as the visitors had just lost the crucial wicket of KL Rahul. Laxman concluded the chat while expressing his disappointment with Sharma’s shot selection.
“After Rahul got out, it was very important for Rohit Sharma to carry on. The way he was batting, there were some beautiful drives. He was timing the ball really well. Rohit Sharma needed to carry on his good form. Very disappointed with that shot selection from Rohit Sharma,” he added.
At the end of day four’s play, team India is 154 runs ahead with four wickets in hand. Cheteshwar Pujara (45) and Ajinkya Rahane (61) stitched a terrific 100-run partnership to find their long long batting mojo back.