India captain Rohit Sharma was annoyed and disappointed at senior player R Ashwin’s lethargic fielding efforts which resulted in a couple of boundaries on Day 3 of the Hyderabad Test against England.
Ashwin, who is perhaps the weakest and slowest ground fielder in the Indian team, made two laughable errors in the field on Saturday in Hyderabad. While fans chuckled as Ashwin’s poor fielding, India skipper Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, on whose bowling those mistakes were made, were upset with the senior off-spinner.
In the 44th over of England’s second innings, Ollie Pope nicely flicked Jadeja through wide mid-on, from where Ashwin gave a chase. As the ball slowed down a bit, Ashwin put in a slide but failed to collect the ball, something which he could have done even without putting in the slide, and the ball rolled for four.
The camera panned toward Rohit Sharma was seethed with anger and stared toward Ashwin.
5 overs later, Pope swept Jadeja through mid-wicket. Ashwin gave a chase once again from mid-on and Rajat Patidar, the substitute fielder, ran in to cut from square leg. Both fielders converged near the boundary line, but neither made the effort to pick the ball, perhaps thinking the other one would, and the ball hit the boundary line. Jadeja was utterly disappointed and annoyed for conceding another boundary that should have been stopped.
Watch: R Ashwin’s poor fielding efforts angered Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja
— Sitaraman (@Sitaraman112971) January 27, 2024
Ollie Pope’s magnificent century – 148* – has taken England from starting with a trail of 190 runs into leading with 126 runs with 4 wickets in hand.
At the end of the play, Zak Crawley said, “We’re happy, unbelievable knock by Ollie. Few more runs in the morning it could be a tricky chase. We can learn a lot from Ollie. It was something we have grown up with (playing sweeps and reverse-sweeps), it’s a nice way to put them off their lengths. We would have taken this for sure, another 45-50 runs, it could be a tricky chase for them.”