Former Pakistani player Inzamam-ul-Haq praised Rohit Sharma for his batting in ongoing India vs England 2nd Test. The Test match at Lord’s witnessed Indian opener, Sharma, smashing his highest overseas score of 83 runs. The Indian opener smashed 11 boundaries and 1 six during his innings, before getting out on pacer James Anderson’s delivery.
Along with his 83-run knock, Rohit Sharma also managed a crucial opening partnership of 126 runs with KL Rahul. After Sharma lost his wicket, KL Rahul slammed a century at Lord’s. Both Sharma and Rahul built an outstanding foundation for Indian batting, which later observed India reached a dominant total at the end of Day 1.
The Way Rohit Sharma Started Against England Bowlers Is Commendable: Inzamam-Ul-Haq
Former Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, while speaking on his YouTube channel, pointed out that England sought to take 3-4 early wickets to put India under pressure, but Indian openers did not let them do so. The former Pakistani batsman also appreciated Rohit for his commendable batting under those conditions.
“India had already signalled their intention with their performance in the first Test. Fast bowlers get a lot of help in England for the first two hours due to the moisture. They (England) hoped for 3-4 early wickets to put India under pressure,” Inzamam said.
“The way Rohit Sharma started against England bowlers in those conditions is commendable. India got a terrific start through him which waved off all the pressure and KL Rahul took advantage of it.
“Rohit Sharma had a strike rate of 57, KL Rahul had a strike rate of 51, which means that they kept the pressure on the bowlers. The batsmen who score runs slowly and sluggishly, I don’t see them scoring runs nor do I see any use of those runs,” he further said.
After Rohit Sharma lost his wicket for 83, one-down Cheteshwar Pujara also lost his wicket cheaply, getting out for 9 runs. However, KL Rahul smacked a spectacular century. He was unbeaten on 127 on the stumps of Day 1 of India vs England 2nd Test.
Along with a 126-run partnership with Sharma, the right-handed batsman KL Rahul also built an important stand of 117 runs with Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper Kohli lost his wicket for 42 runs, right towards the end of the Day’s play. At the stumps, India reached 276-3 on the scoreboard with Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul at the crease.