- Asmita Saxena
Rohit Sharma Honest Reaction, IND vs AUS: Team India kick-started the ODI series on an emphatic note. When Rohit Sharma didn’t turn up for the first ODI due to personal reasons, Hardik Pandya led the team from the front.
Team India won the first ODI by five wickets at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. As a result, the Men in Blue took the first lead in the three-match ODI series.
Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets and scored an unbeaten 45 in the first ODI. Rightly so, he was named the player of the match for his all-round performance.
However, the Aussies responded pretty well in the second ODI at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Australian skipper Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Team India never really looked comfortable inside the 10 overs as they lost half of the batting unit for cheap scores. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul fell prey to Mitchell Starc‘s bowling.
Indian batters literally found it uncomfortable in playing against left-arm pacer, Mitchell Starc. His bowling masterclass triggered India’s batting collapse.
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Team India were skittled out for just 117 runs. In response, Australia chased down the target in just 11 overs and won the game by 10 wickets. Australia levelled the series.
Meanwhile, Indian captain, Rohit Sharma was not a happy man after his team struggled to produce a clinical show in the second ODI. He addressed the reporters after the end of the second ODI.
Rohit Sharma was asked whether Indian batters have issues while tackling the left-arm pacers. While speaking to the reporters, Rohit Sharma said the team will look into all sorts of things in the first place.
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“When you have a quality bowler in the opposition, he is bound to take wickets. He is trying his best to get your best players out. Whether it’s a left-armer or a right-armer, they will get wickets,” Rohit Sharma told reporters in Visakhapatnam.
“The right-armers have troubled us well, nobody talks about it. We don’t look too much into the left-arm or the right-arm — wickets are wickets. If you lose wickets, it is a concern. We will look into all sorts of things: how we are getting out, what we need to do, how we can come up with better plans, better methods against the seamers,” he added.
Meanwhile, the series is locked at 1-1 and it is going to be an interesting series decider. The third and final ODI between India and Australia will begin on March 22 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
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