Rohit Sharma looked set for a match-defining score on the second day of the ongoing Brisbane Test, before skying one off Nathan Lyon when on 44.
After losing his opening partner Shubman Gill in the seventh over of the innings, Rohit, joined by Cheteshwar Pujara displayed both assured defence and fluent strokeplay to keep India’s scoreboard ticking. The glorious straight drives were followed by a strong back foot punch off Nathan Lyon, with India looking strong at 60-1.
However, much to his own and India fans’ disappointment, the right-hander lofted one towards the wide long-on region a ball later, and Mitchell Starc – having covered some decent ground – completed the catch.
The experts just couldn’t hide their disappointment.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 16, 2021
Considering the experience missing in the team, that shot from an experienced Rohit Sharma was inexcusable. #AUSvsIND
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 16, 2021
@ImRo45 🤦🏼♀️ .. you were timing so so well ..
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) January 16, 2021
Big moment in the game. Rohit had started looking ominous for Australia.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 16, 2021
The fans too, had their say on social media, some even questioning his approach and place in the Test side.
— Vijay Selvarathinam (@vijaytboss) January 16, 2021
Nobody dismisses Rohit Sharma more than Rohit Sharma.#AUSvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 16, 2021
Root has hit first six of his innings after reaching 190. Meanwhile Rohit Sharma 😐
— Jenny yuvatha (@pachagaddi) January 16, 2021
Thanks Sunny for being candid. @ImRo45 that was indeed an irresponsible shot given the match situation and with the series on the line. Cannot make the same mistake twice especially after the shot at SCG.
— Sreekanth Gundumalla (@sree_gundumalla) January 16, 2021
@ImRo45 is not fit for test matches in overseas conditions.. he doesn’t have a temperament of test match.every times he gives hope and next ball he just behave like an idiot batsman.. plz remove him from test series.. like Pujara just plays tests.. he should just play odi and t20
— lord2112 (@lord2112) January 16, 2021
What made @ImRo45 play such a irresponsible shot? Being the senior most with big reputation.. how justified is throwing wicket in crunch times. #AskAakash #AskTheExperts #AUSvsIND #brisbanetest #BorderGavaskarTrophy @BCCI @imVkohli
— Amit Thakur (@amitsp10) January 16, 2021