Rohit Sharma Left Virat Kohli Pleasantly Surprised With His Cover Drive
By CricShots - Feb 13, 2021 1:26 pm
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The Indian team suffered an early setback in the second over of the game when the young opener, Shubman Gill was dismissed after he misread the line against Olly Stone. The Indian opener didn’t offer a shot, as the ball was crashing on his pads. However, Rohit Sharma, remaining unfazed with the dismissal, put India off-the-mark with a glorious drive through extra cover boundary in the first ball of the next over, off Stuart Broad.

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Rohit Sharma played an elegant cover drive

Rohit utilized the width offered by Broad, slamming the delivery away to the boundary towards the cover region and it left the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli pleasantly surprised in the dressing room.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video of the same on their official website in which Kohli’s apparent excitement over teammate Sharma’s return to form was quite evident. Here is the video of the incident: 

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against England. India has made three changes to the side that lost the first Test. They have decided to give some rest to Jasprit Bumrah and brought in Mohammed Siraj. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who is making his Test debut, and Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav came in the playing as the replacements of left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and off-spinner Washington Sundar, respectively.

For England, pace bowler James Anderson made way for Stuart Broad,  Olly Stone has been replacing injured Jofra Archer. Also coming into the side are off-spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali in place of Dom Bess and Ben Foakes for Jos Buttler.

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In the first Test of the ongoing four-match series, Rohit Sharma had only managed to register the scores of 6 and 12 across both innings. The right-handed batsman returned to form today — on Day 1 of the second Test — by slamming a sparkling half-century against the same opponents at the same venue. His shots all around the park were truly admired by the Chepauk crowd, who were marking a return of spectators to an Indian cricket stadium after a gap of more than a year.