In the third Test against Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Team India struggled, losing by nine wickets in a forgettable performance. Given how much turn the pitch offered, the Rohit Sharma-led team clearly struggled against the spinners. The hosts were consequently bowled out for 109 in the first innings. Along with their batsmanship shortcomings, Team India also faced harsh criticism from fans and analysts after losing all three DRS reviews on Day 1 due to some subpar LBW appeals. Of of which, the two of them were lost in Ravindra Jadeja’s subsequent overs. Rohit Sharma, the captain, explained why he took such subpar shots on the eve of the fourth and final Test.
“DRS is a tricky one. It’s like a lottery. If you get it right, you get it right. Otherwise, you hope for the best. You got to understand certain aspects of DRS, like whether it’s pitching in line, or the impact is in line. In India, there’s not too much of bounce. So, that’s going to be a factor. Impact is very important. Turn was quite a lot in last game, so we had to look at pitching, impact, and how the ball was turning. When we played in Delhi, it wasn’t turning so much. We only had to see the impact and line. That’s what we try to assess,” Rohit said during a pre-match conference.
“We quickly gathered our thoughts, knew it’s going to turn a bit. We decided that the bowler, captain and keeper will have a talk (for DRS). The guys who are standing in close position, where they can hear the noise and pick certain things, can also be involved. We didn’t make the right calls in the last game, Bharat obviously is new to DRS. He has not kept wickets for India, Ranji (Trophy) doesn’t have DRS, India A (matches) don’t have DRS. We have to give him time, make him understand,” Rohit further said.
Rohit made the funny claim about Jadeja that he always tells the all-rounder to “relax” and observe the ball’s impact before taking a DRS.
“Jaddu yaar. On every ball, he thinks (the batter) is out. He’s quite animated, it’s the passion of the game. Vahan mera role aata hai, bhai thoda relax karo. Stump ke aas paas ball lagega toh theek hai, idhar toh stump me bhi ball nahi lag raha tha. Pitching bhi bahar tha. (My role comes there. I tell him to relax a bit. The ball wasn’t even near the stumps there. They didn’t even pitch in line). Silly mistake that we made. We hope to correct that in this game,” said Rohit.
The Indian team is leading the 4-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy assignment 2-1 after winning the first two games before dropping the third one. On Thursday, the series’ fourth and final game is set to start in Ahmedabad.
While Rohit has scored a lot of runs in the series, other batsmen like Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, and others haven’t contributed much. Team India’s leading ball carriers have been the spinners Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
(With PTI Inputs)
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