After winning two consecutive Tests in Nagpur and Delhi, India lost the third Test in Indore by nine wickets due to a poor batting performance. The Rohit Sharma-led side was on the back foot from the start of Day 1 and never attempted a comeback in the match, as Nathan Lyon absolutely stole the show with 11 wickets.
Aakash Chopra, a former Indian cricketer, claimed that the hitters lacked resilience, with the exception of Cheteshwar Pujara. Chopra was pleased to see Umesh Yadav take three wickets and he praised R Ashwin for taking three wickets on Day 2.
“In the third Test, India received unexpected assistance from Umesh Yadav, who grabbed three wickets. Suddenly, India was in a good position to prevent 150 runs on the scoreboard, so Umesh Yadav helped them pull back a bit. The next bowler to take three wickets was Ravichandran Ashwin, who also employed some reverse swings. But for them to win the game, it was crucial that they had a great start, which they did not “Chopra stated this on JioCinema’s daily sports program AakashVani.
“Shubman Gill attempted a powerful shot but was dismissed by Nathan Lyon’s bowl. Rohit Sharma was also dismissed, receiving a blow on his pads, and he took the DRS with him. Cheteshwar Pujara came in and scored a tenacious fifty that helped India take the lead; he kept his ground and played exceptionally well, and if we examine both innings from the Indian point of view, it was all up to him. Next up is Virat Kohli, who smacks a six but is dismissed. Suddenly the lower order disintegrated, with Shreyas Iyer and wickets falling rapidly one after another. Hence, their team lacked the essential resilience,” he continued.
Rohit has mastered the format and mastered the format’s nerve: Chopra
Chopra believes that Rohit Sharma has really improved and mastered the longest format of the game when discussing his batting. The 45-year-old further noted that the Mumbai-born cricketer first struggled to adapt to the format, but has since transformed into a completely different performer.
“Rohit Sharma was searching for the Test cricket format and genetic make-up from the beginning. Earlier, he was a little lost, he used to swing his bat early, but now he takes his time because he is comfortable in defense and now he dictates his own flow, which has altered everything for him because he was unable to comprehend the situation’s demands previously. Now, however, he has mastered the format and grasped its tenacity,” Chopra said.
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