The second day of the first test was not less than a roller coaster ride for the Indian squad who lost three quick wickets in the second session of the gameplay. The major talking point in the second day’s play was the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. The openers were doing well till Rohit Sharma played a ‘mistimed hook shot’ that resulted in his downfall.
There were immediate discussions on his mistimed shot & many questions were raised as to why he had played such a risky shot right in the last over before lunch when India was going good at 97-0.
Rohit Sharma already made it clear that he doesn’t bother about any sort of criticism. Speaking about his much-talked hook shot Rohit said, “If I get the same ball, I will play that shot again…The margins are fine and it could easily have gone for a six”.
Rohit Sharma has always played cricket freely in his own style which has often proved beneficial for the team. During his three hours stint at the crease in the first two days of the test he looked quite comfortable & in good form. “I am shuffling a little less than what I used to do before. That’s probably one of the reasons I have looked more assured at the crease,” the Mumbai man added.
Today, team India’s ultimate target would be to surpass England’s first innings total to take a lead. However, Rohit feels that if he had not got out during the first session, the fall of India’s top order could have been avoided. “If I didn’t get dismissed at that moment, we probably wouldn’t have lost four wickets…It’s important that we go past their total first thing in the morning,” Rohit added.
Meanwhile, England’s James Anderson who changed the momentum of the game by scalping crucial wickets of Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara wants to dismiss Rishabh Pant early on day three. “We got a taste of his style of batting even today. He is a fantastic player and it’s important we get him quickly,” Anderson said.