Mumbai: Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar criticized India opener, Rohit Sharma, for gifting his wicket on day two of the ongoing fourth Test against Australia at Brisbane.
Gavaskar said that there is no excuse for Rohit to be playing that kind of shot.
Rohit played a knock of 44 runs in the first innings of the fourth Test, but in trying to hit a six, Rohit ended up giving his wicket to off-spinner Nathan Lyon.
Why?Why?Why? This is an unbelievable shot. This is an irresponsible pill. There is a fielder at long-on, a fielder at deep square leg. You have just hit some balls, why would you play that shot? You are a senior player, there is no excuse, absolutely no excuse for that shot. An unnecessary wicket, gifted away. Unnecessary,” said Gavaskar while commentating for Channel 7.
To be positive, Rohit hit the ball deep to deep mid-on and, as a result, was sent back to the pavilion.
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.