Rohit Sharma now has three straight scores in 30s in Test cricket.
It happened again. Rohit Sharma got off to a fine start and then lost his wicket without converting it into a big score. After batting so well during the final session of day one and the morning session of day two of the first Test against England in Trent Bridge, Sharma got out on the stroke of lunch.
After bowling out England for just 183 runs in the first innings in the opening day itself, India needed their openers to stitch together a good partnership to lay down the foundation. Continuing from 21 for 0, Rohit along with his makeshift opening partner, KL Rahul steadied the ship making England bowlers work hard for wickets.
With the opening stand approaching 100 and the lunch about to be called at the end of that over, England pacer Ollie Robinson banged one short ball into the surface challenging Rohit to go for pull. Throughout the entire session, no English bowler had tried the bouncer and the ball took Rohit out of surprise. He went for the instinctive pull shot.
Fans come up with memes to describe Rohit Sharma’s failure to convert starts
The ball went straight to the fine-leg fielder, Sam Curran, who was stationed there for just this one shot. As Curran took the catch, the frustration of working so hard and giving it up was clearly visible on the face of Rohit Sharma. He played 107 balls and batted close to three hours for his knock of 36. But, this has been a bit of a pattern with Rohit Sharma ever since he has started opening in Tests away from home.
During the Australia series, he got scores of 26 (77 balls), 52 (98), 44 (74), and 7 (34). Even in the ICC World Test Championship final in June, he got 34 runs off 68 balls in the first innings and 30 runs off 81 balls. Interestingly enough, in the Sydney Test earlier this year, in the second innings Rohit had got out to a similar shot after batting well for his 52 runs.
However, Rohit’s performance has now laid a platform for India to get a big lead. Rahul was unbeaten on 48 when the lunch was called. At the time of writing this, Rahul had added another run to his tally while India had lost Cheteshwar Pujara for 4 and Virat Kohli for a duck.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Rohit Sharma’s dismissal:
— R.V. (@RV6474) August 5, 2021
Rohit Sharma gets set in overseas test
Opponent bowlers: pic.twitter.com/ImusOGtOEo
— Nishant Sharma (@srcsmic_enginer) August 5, 2021
Rohit Sharma as Test opener in overseas:
He is starting so well but getting dismissed at similar stages time & again – feel for him after working so hard in the tough conditions. pic.twitter.com/DwUgrfFeAJ
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 5, 2021
Last 4 Innings
— S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) August 5, 2021
Rohit is the best puller/hooker in the game today.
But he must resist the temptation of playing the shot in tests when the field is set exactly for it.
It’ll be difficult to keep the ball down with his bat swing.
Must not let his strength bring about his downfall.@ImRo45
— Tejas (@jha_tejas26) August 5, 2021
Nervous 30s for Rohit Sharma 😳☹️#INDvENG
— Anvi Mishra (@Anvi_tweets) August 5, 2021
Rohit Sharma got out himself because he doesn’t want to play further https://t.co/e8FDarTf8y
— Sanjay Prajapat (@SanjayP92560574) August 5, 2021
“So you’re a test batsman now. Hope you’ll play decisively on short pitched balls with your favourite pull shot.”
Rohit Sharma: pic.twitter.com/rVrYyt5cNU
— Pratyush Sharma (@the_rps_45) August 5, 2021
Rohit sharma may have got out when he looked all set for a big one..but in retrospect he has done his job for the team..see the new bowl off. now over to middle order to make the start count.. #IndvsEng
— SportsFan (@GurukirpaB) August 5, 2021
I guess Rohit Sharma did his job. 97 runs partnership is a wonderful way of getting to 330-350 score. If India manages that. Job is done. #ENGvIND
— BitterSweetSymphony (@PluviophilePoet) August 5, 2021
— Aaditya (@aadicastic) August 5, 2021
— नीलेश तिवारी (@neelneelesh14) August 5, 2021
— Jay Chandarana (@chandarana_jay) August 5, 2021
@ImRo45 departs after a decent 30+ score… Hope he converts it in to a big score in the upcoming innings….
— Materials (😷 Wear Mask, Vaccinate, Stay Safe) (@MaterialsDepart) August 5, 2021
Well played @ImRo45 ❤️
Lekin ye dard 50+ hone ke bad hi khatm hoga 🥲
— Apurva (@ImApurva45) August 5, 2021