India would have hoped not to have to employ Rohit Sharma and his part-time off-spin against England at all, but the opener at least helped provide some mirth when he was called upon.
The tourists racked up the runs in the first innings of the first Test, losing just four wickets inside their first 150 overs. All five frontline bowlers crossed 25 overs for the innings, with Ravichandran Ashwin nearing 50 by stumps on day two.
The only respite they got was two overs bowled by Rohit. They were largely uneventful – England scored just seven runs from them – with the most interesting moment coming in one delivery stride. Rohit put on his best Harbhajan Singh impression, thrusting his elbows out to the side and jump-starting his run-up in the manner of the great off-spinner.
There is history for part-timers partaking in imitations when the game is drifting. Moments before his first Test wicket, Alastair Cook impersonated Bob Willis in his run-up against India in 2014.
Rohit wasn’t done supplying mirth for the day, with a baffling drop catch near to the close sparking laughter among him and the rest of the India fielders.
Watch Rohit’s Harbhajan impression below.
— Vishal Ghandat (@vishalghandat1) February 6, 2021