Rohit Sharma, IND vs AUS: Indian captain Rohit Sharma has talked about the team’s bad performance in the third test against Australia. Rohit also spoke about the poor batting from the hosts as they were bowled out for 109 runs in the first innings after electing to bat first.
During the first two test matches, India looked very comfortable playing against Australia as they won both of the matches on Day 3. But, there was nothing that went in the hosts’ favor in the third test as the visitors easily rolled over them to keep the series alive.
India’s batting was terrible in both innings, except for Cheteshwar Pujara who scored a half-century in the second inning to help his side not lose by an inning. Playing only the second test match of his career, Matthew Kunhemann was outstanding in the first innings as he dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. He took his first career fifer.
Nathan Lyon rattled the Indian batting lineup in the third innings as he took his second career-best figures of 8/64. Known for batting in spinning conditions, Indian batters looked clueless in front of Lyon.
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Rohit Sharma: We didn’t bat well in the first innings
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma made an observation during the presentation ceremony, where he highlighted the significance of bowling on challenging pitches. He acknowledged that in such circumstances, the team’s bowlers need to step up and perform well.
However, Rohit also admitted that their opponents’ bowlers were able to consistently bowl in one spot, indicating that the Indian team was unable to apply pressure or create opportunities for themselves.
“When playing on difficult pitches, bowling becomes crucial. Their bowlers were allowed to maintain a consistent line and length, and while Nathan Lyon deserves credit, we failed to show enough bravery in our approach.”, Rohit said.
“One odd game can happen like that where things don’t come together, but even then you need players to come together and chip in.”
“Our hope was for a few individuals to step up and take charge, but unfortunately, that didn’t occur. We found ourselves trailing slightly and were unable to demonstrate the level of commitment and dedication we had hoped for.”, he added.
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“Following a Test match loss, there are numerous factors that contribute to the outcome. Initially, our batting performance during the first innings was subpar. It’s crucial to amass a substantial number of runs during this stage, and we acknowledge the significance of doing so.”
“And obviously when they got an 80-90 run lead, we needed to put in a big performance with the bat but we couldn’t do that.
“To be honest, we haven’t given much consideration to the upcoming Ahmedabad Test. Our primary focus right now is regrouping and attempting to enhance our performance as a team. It’s important that we recognize the need for improvement.” Rohit Sharma further said.
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