Aakash Chopra Feels Indian Batters Lacked Resilience In The Indore Test
By CricShots - Mar 3, 2023 7:03 pm
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After winning two back-to-back Tests in Nagpur and Delhi, the Indian team conceded the Indore Test by 9 wickets to Australia owing to their poor batting performance. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Team India failed to stay in the game even for a single session of the match since the start of the Test at the Holkar stadium. The Australian spinner, Nathan Lyon become the nemesis for the Indian batters as he churned out an 11-wicket haul in the game.

Indian batters
The Indian batters failed in the Indore Test

Analyzing India’s game, former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra opined that the hosts should’ve shown more resistance with the bat as only Cheteshwar Pujara managed to trouble the visiting bowlers. Chopra further stated that it was pleasing to see Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin scalping 3 wickets each in the first innings of the Test on Day 2.

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During a chat on JioCinema’s daily sports show AakashVani, Aakash Chopra said, “In the 3rd Test, India got success from an unlikely quarter, where Umesh Yadav took three wickets and suddenly there was a thought that they were in a good position to prevent 150 runs on the board. He did some reverse swings, which got wickets, and then came Ravichandran Ashwin, who also took three wickets. But to win the match, it was very important that they had a strong opening.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra

He further explained, “Shubman Gill tried to hit a big one but got out on Nathan Lyon’s bowl. Rohit Sharma also got out, gets a hit on his pads, and took the DRS with him as well. Cheteshwar Pujara came and made a gritty fifty that helped India get a lead; he stood his ground and played really well, and if we look at both innings from the Indian perspective, then it came from him alone. Virat Kohli comes next, hits a six, but gets out.”

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Talking more about Rohit Sharma’s batting in the Test cricket, Chopra reckons that he has improved significantly and has nailed the format. The 45-year-old also stated the Mumbai-born opener initially struggled to gel into the format but has become a different player.

Elaborating the same, Aakash Chopra said, “The format that Test cricket has, the DNA that it has, Rohit Sharma was looking for it early. Previously, he used to be a little lost, he used to hit early with his bat, but now he takes time because he is comfortable in defence and now he dictates his own flow, and that has changed everything for him because previously he couldn’t use to understand the demand of the situation. But now he has nailed the format and has picked up the nerve of the format.”