Kevin Pietersen was blunt in his critique of Rohit Sharma’s dismissal on the first day of the second Test against England. Pietersen described Rohit’s shot against debutant spinner Shoaib Bashir as “a very lazy shot” during the lunch break.
Rohit Sharma had a not-so-usual slow inning, making 14 runs off 41 balls on the first day of the second Test against England. Debutant Shoaib Bashir took his first international wicket by dismissing the Indian captain, catching him at forward short leg. Despite facing only 11 wickets in first-class cricket, Bashir made an impact. Rohit didn’t hit any boundaries during his time at the crease, showing an unusually careful approach.
Kevin Pietersen Slammed Rohit Sharma For His Slow Innings
Meanwhile, former England captain Kevin Pietersen expressed surprise at Rohit Sharma’s performance in the first session of the second Test. Pietersen suggested that Rohit might regret missing the chance to score more runs. He mentioned that the pitch didn’t heavily favor spin or pace, and there were ample opportunities to score runs.
Speaking on JioCinema, KP said: “It doesn’t matter who you get out to, you can get out to anybody. I think he’d be kicking himself because there were plenty of runs to be had here. On this wicket, against a very young and inexperienced bowling attack, he will be looking at his dismissal and thinking, ‘How on earth did I get myself out here?’”
He added: “That (the dismissal) was quite lazy. Yes, it is instinctive to knock the ball towards the leg side. But there was no urgency in what led to the dismissal. There was no urgency to try and get off the strike. These guys are expansive from ball one in T20 cricket, they play so beautifully. We have not seen huge spin, massive bounce, or anything that should pose any fear in the batter’s mind.”
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Rohit Sharma’s dismissal has undoubtedly opened up possibilities for both teams on the first day of the second Test, making the momentum delicately balanced as the match progresses.