Indian vice-captain and opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s ill-fated stroke against Nathan Lyon, one that led to his unfortunate demise, became the talking point of day 02, with fans and former cricketers lambasting the stylish batsman for throwing his wicket away.
Rohit Sharma was oozing class during his stay at the crease. He was riding the bounce brilliantly and had played some breathtaking strokes during his 74-ball 44.
However, he once again squandered his start and holed out to Nathan Lyon, in an attempt to hit the off-spinner over mid-wicket.
However, Rohit Sharma has no regrets about the kind of stroke he played. The Indian opener said that his role in the side is to take on the bowlers and put consistent pressure on them. He said that while he had reached the pitch of the ball, he could not connect it as well as he would have liked.
“I reached where I wanted to reach, just that I did not connect with where I wanted to hit the ball. I was trying to pierce that long-on and deep square-leg fielder, I just did not connect with the way I would have loved to. I actually liked what I did today, before coming here, we knew it would be a good pitch to bat, of course, there would be bounce and carry to the keeper, but this is what I enjoy,” Rohit Sharma said during the virtual press conference.
Rohit further said that with run-scoring being slightly difficult in the series thus far, someone had to put their hand up and do just that.
He also heaped praise on Nathan Lyon for not allowing him to get the desired elevation on his stroke.
“Once I was in and I had played a few overs, I realised there was not much swing so I did little adjustment there, after that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it is something I won’t regret. I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in and that is my role in this team to keep putting pressure on the bowlers. The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers,” he added.
”In doing that, there is a chance of making mistakes but you should be ready to accept that. It was a plan so I actually have no regrets about playing that shot, it is something I like to, Nathan Lyon is a smart bowler, he bowled into me so I was not able to get the elevation.” Rohit explained.