India’s Rohit Sharma notched up his second half-century of the yr as he gave India a commendable begin within the second Take a look at in opposition to England on the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Rohit, who was persevered for the opening position all through the Take a look at collection, proved his price with the bat, hitting his 12th Take a look at half-century laced with eight fours and a six.
Rohit, among the many senior gamers of the Indian Take a look at contingent, returned to Take a look at cricket solely final month in Australia. He did not play virtually for a yr because of harm and Covid-19 hiatus. Nevertheless, his return to the red-ball format was odd as he managed to register scores of 26, 52, 44, 7, 6, and 12 for a complete of 147 at a mean of 24.50.
Throughout his knock, Rohit additionally hit pull pictures off consecutive deliveries in opposition to Ben Stokes. “A Rohit double pull shot on show. One went for a six and the opposite for a boundary. The @ImRo45 pull shot was in full flourish in two consecutive balls,” tweeted the BCCI.
Earlier, India gained the toss and elected to bat in opposition to England in Chennai. After struggling a 227-run defeat within the collection opener, Virat and Co shall be wanting to stage the four-Take a look at rubber. After Shubman Gill‘s early departure, Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied India’s innings on a spin-friendly monitor. The skilled duo stitched a half-century stand for the second wicket.
Forward of the second Take a look at, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane had additionally backed Rohit saying that few low scores will not make him a nasty participant.
“Rohit is a crucial member of our staff. A giant rating does not imply it’s important to make 100 or 150. In Australia, he batted effectively, made necessary contributions. See if somebody has one off-day, performs Three-Four dangerous innings, it does not imply that he’s a nasty participant. It’s important to again your participant,” Rahane advised the media on Thursday.