Indian captain Virat Kohli hailed Rohit Sharma’s masterclass in how to bat on a raging turner in the first innings of the 2nd Test in Chennai as the ‘defining moment’ of the series following his sides’ 3-1 win over England on the third afternoon in Ahmedabad.
After having lost the first Test by a margin of 227 runs, Team India were up against it when they lost three crucial wickets including that of Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for a duck by Moeen Ali at the stroke of the Lunch break.
Rohit Sharma had endured a couple of failures in the first Test and with him having failed to convert his starts into a big knock in Australia, the ‘Hitman’ was under a bit of pressure coming into the second Test.
But on what a snakepit of a pitch, the champion opener displayed his class to the hilt as he swept the English spinners to all corners of the Chepauk.
Rohit played a scintillating knock of 161 and his partnership with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane proved to be a real clincher for Team India as the home side went on to post 329 in their first innings.
The significance of Rohit Sharma’s knock was even more realized when the English were knocked over for 134 and 164 paving the way for a comprehensive 317-run victory.
Captain Virat Kohli hailed Sharma’s knock as the game-changer, stating his 161 on a raging turner was as good as a 250 on a good batting pitch. In a series where the middle-order failed to perform, Rohit’s performance at the top on difficult pitches went a long long way in India clinching the series 3-1.
”Rohit’s knock was the defining moment in Chennai. It was as good as getting a 250 on a good pitch” said Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation.