Mumbai: India’s Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma said on Saturday that he had no regrets of playing an aerial shot from Nathan Lyon’s bowling on the second day of the ongoing fourth and final Test against Australia in Gaba, Brisbane.
Rohit hit an innings of 44 runs, but the opener gifted his wicket in an attempt to hit a six off Lyon. But the Test deputy said that he just didn’t connect well.
“I got to where I wanted to be, not just where I wanted to hit the ball. I was trying to pierce that long-on and deep square-leg fielder, I just did not connect with the way I would have loved to. I liked what I did today, before coming here, we knew it would be a good pitch to bat, of course, there would be bounce and carry to the keeper, but this is what I enjoy,” Rohit said during the virtual press conference.
“Once I was in and I played a few overs, I realized there wasn’t much sewing so I made a slight adjustment there. After that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it’s something I wouldn’t regret.”
“I like to put pressure on the bowler and I play my role in this team so that the bowlers are under pressure. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers,” he added.
Elaborating further on his point, Rohit said: “In doing so, there is a chance to make mistakes but you should accept that it was a plan so I don’t regret playing that shot, it’s something that’s what I like to do. Nathan Lyon is a smart bowler, he bowled me so I was not able to gain height.”
On the second day of the fourth Test, Rohit in trying to be positive chipped the ball to deepish mid-on and as a result, he was sent back to the pavilion by Nathan Lyon.
At the tea break, India’s score was reduced to 62/2 and the visiting team is still trailing by 307 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are currently unbeaten on 8 and 2 runs. The second session saw 62 runs in 26 overs.
Shubman Gill and Rohit lost their wickets in the second session of the second day and now Pujara and Rahane have been tasked to ensure that the spectators do not retreat.
After dismissing Australia for 369 runs, India started poorly with the bat as the spectators lost the wicket of Shubman Gill (7) in the seventh over of the innings. Pujara then came in between Rohit and both played cautiously against the Australian fast attack.
Pujara and Rohit formed a 49-run stand, but as soon as India started to look comfortable, Nathan Lyon dismissed Rohit (44), reducing India to 60/2. In the end, Pujara and Rahane ensured that the visitors did not lose more wickets before the tea interval.