India’s decision to open the innings in a Test match, according to former Australia captain Ian Chappell, “saved Rohit Sharma’s career.” As the hosts trounced Australia by an innings and 132 runs to take a 1-0 series lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India’s skipper struck a century.
In an article for his Mid-Day column, Chappell claimed that Rohit Sharma’s choice to start at the centre position for India safeguarded his Test career and that assuming the captaincy also significantly facilitated his comeback to the format.
Down in the order, he seemed to be squandering his enormous skill, but by batting above Virat Kohli, he has avoided feeling intimidated by the former captain’s notoriety. Chappell claims that the focus required to be a team leader has elevated Rohit’s batting to a new level and has aided in his recovery.
Veteran player said India’s captain delivered a superb effort against Australia in Nagpur that exuded confidence. With 15 boundaries and two sixes, Rohit scored 120 runs in 212 balls.
The Indian team’s captain, Rohit Sharma, gave some background information on the pitch’s condition. According to Chappell, he played a superb inning that showcased his ironclad control, vast stroke range on a turning but manageable pitch, and confidence in his own defence.
He asserted that Rohit’s varied shot selection disrupted the Australian bowling attack. He also emphasised that Rohit has taught all of the players on both teams how to bat on Indian wickets.
In addition to using a wide array of strokes, Rohit also annoyed the Australian bowlers by using them only when necessary. All of the players, both at home and on tour, saw him model how to play on Indian grounds, and Ravindra Jadeja, who has gotten much better, expertly imitated him.