Mark Waugh, a former Australia starting pitcher, commended Rohit Sharma for his strokeplay and ability to help his team win games. Sharma, according to him, is the “key” to the Indian batting.Rohit Sharma is one of the select few athletes who, while performing at their peak, can disregard the competition, the field of play, and the external environment.
On Day 1 of the first Test match between India and Australia, which served as the official start of this year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he was obviously in great form. The Indian batters appeared to be playing on a different surface during the last Thursday session. Rohit seemed to be in complete control against Pat Cummins, who had a rare off day and was fairly liberal with his leg stump half-volleys.
Thanks to his deft footwork, the India opener capitalised on all scoring opportunities against off-spinners Todd Murphy and Nathan Lyon. Rohit smashed to his fifty in only 66 balls on a Nagpur field where all the Australian hitters struggled and those who seemed to be in charge, like Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, found it difficult to score comfortably.
Mark Waugh, a former Australia starting pitcher, commended Rohit Sharma for his strokeplay and ability to help his team win games. Sharma, according to him, is the “key” to the Indian batting.
“Rohit Sharma is the Indian batting team’s major player. He is an excellent spinner. The problem is that he has scored so rapidly,” Waugh said on Star Sports after Rohit continued his perfect day with 56 at the end of Day 1’s play with Australia behind by just 100 runs.
The day belonged to the Indian bowlers, especially the returning Ravindra Jadeja. In response to Australia’s decision to bat first, India bowled them out for 177 runs with the aid of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also made a three-wicket contribution. He came back with those statistics.