Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra believes that Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma is likely to get his first overseas hundred in Test cricket on Saturday.
Rohit is in tremendous form with the bat against England, he has not only managed to score runs but has also brought amendments to his technical approach which is more demanded by a conventional Test batsman.
Rohit Sharma’s overseas hundred is overdue: Aakash Chopra
Rohit has scored 261 runs from eight innings so far, the second highest from India behind KL Rahul (291), and on the end of the second day, he was batting on 20 at Kennington Oval. He was 17 runs short of reaching the three-figures mark at Lord’s in the second Test.
Chopra feels that this could be Rohit’s best chance to score a hundred in overseas conditions.
“His hundred is overdue, today’s play could bring the first overseas Test hundred by Rohit Sharma. So Rohit Sharma will do the magic, that is what I believe but fingers and toes crossed because at times when it goes wrong it is heartbreaking,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“I am keeping my hopes high because this team has given us the permission to hope and we have also shown the courage to dream,” he added.
Rohit Sharma looked vulnerable when he came to bat: Aakash Chopra
India were 43 for no loss at the end of the second day’s gameplay with England leading by 56 runs. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul (22) tackled the England pacers to ensure they did not cause any damage to their batting line-up.
Chopra felt that Rohit was vulnerable against England pacers in the second innings and passed the toughest time at the crease.
“Rohit Sharma looked vulnerable when he came to bat. He got an edge and the catch was also dropped. He played and missed, played on the leg side and the ball went to the off side.”
“What happened on the second evening was tough. But the bad and difficult time has passed. He is coming after playing exceedingly well for a long time.”
The series is tied at 1-1 after India won the second Test at Lord’s by 151 runs only for England to storm back with an innings and 76 runs triumph at Headingley in the third Test.