Captain Rohit Sharma yet again failed to deliver in an all-important game as India took on Australia in the World Test Championship Final at The Oval in England. After conceding a massive 469 runs, India had their hopes pinned on the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill to provide a good start. But, as has been the case in the past, the hopes were shattered.
Despite showing some flair and intent, both India openers fell cheaply. While Sharma was trapped LBW by Pat Cummins as he played across the line, Gill completely lost track of his off-stump and saw it getting rattled by Scott Boland while shouldering arms. Soon, Cheteshwar Pujara too joined Gill in repeating the dismissal. The bowler (Cameron Green) was different this time though.
Virat Kohli too could not do much either and was dismissed by Mitchell Starc for 14. The top order failure meant Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja had to implement the rescue act which they did to an extent. Although Rahane and Jadeja did well to take India over 140, the top-order batters could not survive the criticism.
Sunil Gavaskar feels a few dismissals could have been avoided
Among many, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar also took a dig at the Indian batters, especially Rohit Sharma. Explaining the dismissals of all four top-order batters, Gavaskar said that he was not surprised by Rohit Sharma’s failure as he has been struggling with his form as of late.
“I think it’s a couple of misjudgements from probably like Shubman Gill, who has been in great form. Losing him was a big blow. Rohit Sharma has been not in the best of touches in the IPL. So, him playing across the line was not that much of a surprise. But again Pujara, not quite covering his stumps and getting out. So these were the dismissals that could have been avoided,” said Gavaskar to Star Sports after the end of Day 2’s play.
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