The veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma failed to prove his worth yet again during the ongoing Test against Australian at Gabba. He was on top of the Australian bowlers, had helped himself to 44, but ended up playing an irresponsible shot just when things were going smoothly ended his stay at the crease. The ‘Hitman’ just gifted his wicket away to the Aussies and it triggered some anger amongst his fans.
The wily Nathan Lyon planned well to dismiss Rohit Sharma as he had placed a deep square leg and a long-on in place. Lyon delivered a flighted ball, and Sharma fell to the trap. The opener charged down the pitch only to smack the ball straight to Mitchell Starc at Long on. Even batting great Sunil Gavaskar lambasted Rohit and termed his dismissal as an irresponsible one.
Even the netizens were seen expressing their frustration and anger and blasted the ‘Hitman’ for his dismissal. He scored 44 runs off 74 deliveries with six glorious fours and he was looking good for a big score. At the stroke of Tea, the Indian scorecard read 62/2. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are currently occupying the crease for the visitors. The highly impressive Shubman Gill failed to get going at Gabba.
To a probing delivery from Pat Cummins, Gill poked at the cherry, edged it and the ball landed into the waiting hands of Steve Smith. Gill departed, after having scored just 7 runs. The final session of the day would be very important from an Indian perspective. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and veteran batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will have to make sure that they forge a partnership.
On the other hand, Australia will be looking to find a breakthrough, by dismissing either, or even both Rahane and Pujara as the visitors are still trailing by 307 runs and there is a long way to go in this Test match.
It was the debutant’s day out with the ball for India as T Natarajan and Washington Sundar picked up three wickets apiece. It remains to be seen how this Test match will pan out, with three full days left in the match. Now, a lot will depend on the Indian batsmen to get as close as possible to Australia’s first innings total.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rohit Sharma’s dismissal:
Considering the experience missing in the team, that shot from an experienced Rohit Sharma was inexcusable. #AUSvsIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 16, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 16, 2021
@ImRo45 🤦🏼♀️ .. you were timing so so well ..
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) January 16, 2021
Big moment in the game. Rohit had started looking ominous for Australia.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 16, 2021
Such an unnecessary and rash shot. Rohit did the same in the second innings in Sydney. Just when you think India were clawing their way back after an early wicket, they just swing thr momentum back Australia’s way!
— Bharath (@bharathwaj) January 16, 2021
44*(73) with no demons in the pitch & you’re well set. I’m sure Rohit Sharma will be very disappointed with his shot selection. He’s a world class player! Being a senior player with a Test series levelled at 1-1 (just to give context to the series) that was a big wicket #AUSvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 16, 2021
Only Rohit Sharma can stop himself from making a big score and we saw in the last three innings in Australia.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 16, 2021
I don't understand whenever he steps out to go big and bowler changes his ball's line-length then why doesn't he try to play grounded shot instead
Once he made his mind he go fir big no matter it looks vulnerable or not
— Naman (@Akshays_Rohit45) January 16, 2021
Adelaide 2018* too.
Thought I was missing one.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) January 16, 2021