Indian Rohit Sharma marked its second half of the year when it gave India a commendable start in the second test against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Rohit, who was adamant for the starting role during the test series, proved his worth with the bat, hitting his 12th test in half a century, tied with 8 fours and six.
Rohit, among the senior players of the Indian test contingent, returned to Test Cricket only last month in Australia. He did not play for almost a year due to injury and interruption of Covid-19. However, his return in the form of the red ball was normal, as he managed to register results of 26, 52, 44, 7, 6 and 12 for a total of 147 at an average of 24.50.
During his knock, Rohit also fired shots from consecutive deliveries against Ben Stokes. “Rohit’s double-pull shot exposed. One went for a six and the other for a limit. The pull-out shot @ ImRo45 was in full bloom in two consecutive balls,” tweeted BCCI.
Earlier, India won the throw and chose to fight England in Chennai. After losing 227 miles in the opening series, Virat and Co will be ready to equalize the tire with four tests. After Shubman Gilis an early departure, Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara soothe India’s inning on a revolving track. The experienced duo sewed a half-century stand for the second gate.
Before the second test, deputy captain Adjinkya Rahane also supported Rohit, saying that a little low results will not make him a bad player.
“Rohit is an important member of our team. A great result doesn’t mean you have to make 100 or 150. In Australia he beat well, he made important contributions. See if anyone has a working day, plays 3-4 bad innings, that doesn’t mean that he is a bad player. You have to support your player, “Rahane told the media on Thursday.