Rohit Sharma has thrown away a dominant start yet again. The Indian opener, who looked set for a big innings on Day 2 of the Brisbane Test, went for a lofted shot off Nathan Lyon, but gave away an easy catch at midwicket.
Sharma, who, along with Pujara, was steering India away from trouble after the early wicket of Shubman Gill (7), had looked strong throughout his innings. The Indian vice-captain had patiently played out the fast bowlers and punished the bad deliveries, but Lyon lured him with flight and Rohit succumbed to the trap.
— Swarnjeet (@Swarnjeettt) January 16, 2021
In the previous match in Sydney, Rohit had a similar wicket too, when Pat Cummins offered a short-pitched delivery to Rohit and the opener failed to resist a pull shot. Unfortunately for him, a fielder was in position at fine leg for the catch.
Earlier, India had bowled out Australia on 369, thanks to impressive performances from debutants Washington Sundar and T Natarajan, who ended up with three wickets each. Shardul Thakur also took three wickets, while Mohammed Siraj took one.
Navdeep Saini, who was taken for scans after complaining of groin pain, remained absent from the field on Day 2.
As Rohit Sharma was dismissed, the Twitterati was left frustrated with his batting. Take a look:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 16, 2021
Big moment in the game. Rohit had started looking ominous for Australia.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 16, 2021
Unbelievable Rohit. 3 innings in a row, he’s looked like a million dollars & the greatest batsman the planet has ever seen and 3 times he’s thrown it away! 😭
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) January 16, 2021
Rohit Sharma throws starts before fans could throw a party.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 16, 2021
All context considered, that is a really, really, really, really bad choice from Rohit Sharma. #AUSvIND
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) January 16, 2021
Needless. Needless. Rohit Sharma is Senior Rishabh Pant.
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 16, 2021
Only Rohit Sharma can stop himself from making a big score and we saw in the last three innings in Australia.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 16, 2021