Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is famous for expressing his opinions in a harsh manner. Now he has criticized Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, for getting out in the first innings of the fourth Test against Australia. Gavaskar said that Rohit is a senior and there is no excuse for playing such an irresponsible shot.
Replying to Australia’s first innings score of 369, India had a shaky start with opener Shubman Gill departing in the 7th over of the innings. But Rohit Sharma steadied the ship and put India in a comfortable position. However, just when he looked set to make a big inning, the right-hand batsman handed a catch to Mitchell Starc at long-on against Nathan Lyon. Rohit made 44 runs from 74 balls. Rohit’s wicket was a huge blow for India as the opener had survived the threat of the new ball and was looking good to make use of what seems like a decent track to bat on.
Sunil Gavaskar blasted Rohit for his shot selection. “Why?Why?Why? That’s an unbelievable shot. That’s an irresponsible shot. There is a fielder there at deep square leg. You’ve just hit a boundary a couple of deliveries earlier, why would you play that shot? You’re a senior player, there’s no excuse, absolutely no excuse for that shot. An unnecessary wicket, an unnecessary wicket, gifted away. Totally unnecessary,” Gavaskar said.
Team India bounced back well on day two of the Brisbane Test and sent back the dangerous pair of Tim Paine and Cameron Green very quickly. However, Nathan Luon launched a counter-attack to take the hosts beyond the 350-mark.
Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, and W Sundar claimed 3 wickets each to end Australia’s first innings at 369. In response, India are at 62 for 2 wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane are at the crease as Australian bowlers are breathing fire.