India opener Rohit Sharma It is very clear in his mind that even an iota of doubt while playing a swing of rank can lead to inevitable problems.
With one of the best shots exhibitions played in Chepauk since Sachin TendulkarBrave 136 against Pakistan in 1999, Rohit put his team in command of the track, which is deteriorating quite rapidly.
England knows they have a difficult task ahead of them in the second test, which began here on Saturday.
“Before it’s too late, you start doing what you want to do, and you can’t be hesitant. If you want to sweep, sweep it,” Rohit’s statement had a touch on the famous strike line of Mexican bandit Tuco Ramirez – ” When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk “from the Hollywood classic” The Good The Bad The Ugly “.
After watching Joe Koren kill the Indian spinners in the first test, it was like a ready calculation for Rohit, who had prepared well in the last two training sessions.
“We knew how the pitch was prepared and we knew it would turn around. So we had some good training before today and we trained according to what we should have expected today,” he said.
“When you play on revolving pitches where you have to be proactive and can’t react. Climb to the top of the bowling alley and make sure you’re ahead of it. A little tuning based on that.
“If he turns, then how many of him … such things before you decide to choose a shot,” said the deputy captain of the white ball.
Mouen Ali has worried Indian batsmen in the past, and it was imperative for Rohit that England’s senior spinner be swept away by the rude to rule out any chance of a leg before the decision.
“What helped me was the preparation I had before the match. Understanding the line on which Moeen Ali bowled. He bowled roughly, so there is little chance of getting a foot before the decision,” he explained.
“I also saw that the deep square leg was repelled, so even if I put it on top, it would not carry and land in a safe place. These were my ideas and thoughts.”
According to Rohit, the sweep is a percentage shot that takes the state of the field out of the equation.
“A shot with a sweep is something you know can thwart bowling if you play so well. If you play that shot, there’s not much the bowler can do from there or the pitch from there.
“It was a percentage shot while he was bowling outside the stump and lbw wasn’t coming to play. Just a weird ball he was bowling at the door where I wanted to use my feet and cover the spin as he reached the ball.”
In the case of Jack Leach’s left-handed spinner, it was a presentation of a straight bat.
“Leach bowled stump to stump, so it was important to play with the turn. It was important to play with a straight bat, as the turn was slightly at an angle. I made sure to push the ball between the cover and the point and turn the strike.
“Once you turn the shot, it’s not easy for a bowling alley to hurt to a different dough each time. I wanted to beat as long as possible, as the pitch will show a lot of wear from days two and three.”
The Hit Man didn’t want to rate any of his hundreds, though he would know in his heart that it would be the highest of his seven three-figure marks.
“I will not appreciate any of my knocks, because each knock is under different pressure and it happened under different circumstances.
“I’m not the person who appreciates any of my shots. A little disappointed that I got away with it, but happy that the team is in a good position,” he said.