Indian opener, Rohit Sharma escaped an injury, in an already injury-riddled team, while fielding on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth and the last Test match of the series against Australia in Brisbane.
The incident took place in the 53rd over of Australia’s batting when debutant, Washington Sundar was bowling to Marnus Labuschagne. The right-handed batsman tucked the second delivery of the over towards square leg and set off for a single.
Prithvi Shaw, who was fielding as a substitute for the injured Navdeep Saini, charged in and threw the ball at the non-striker’s end, where Labuschagne was running towards.
However, Shaw didn’t take notice of Rohit Sharma who was standing between him and the stumps. Rohit, thankfully, spotted the forcefully thrown ball coming towards him and defended himself – the ball hit on his hands.
Rohit Sharma irked by Shaw’s mistake; Brad Hogg jokes
Rohit Sharma clearly was not amused – he stood still for a couple of seconds as he avoided what could have been an unfortunate, and funny way to be injured. Rohit was anything but amused by finding himself in line of the throw – he looked at his hand, before angrily staring anywhere but in direction to Shaw. Apart from Rohit and Shaw, everyone else saw the humorous side of the incident.
Former Australian spinner, Brad Hogg, even went on to suggest – jokingly – that Shaw could come back into the team if he injures Rohit. All in jest from Hogg.
“One way to get your opening spot back for the next series! #IndvAus#Cricket” tweeted Brad Hogg.
Shaw was dropped from the playing eleven after the first Test in Adelaide where he scored 0 and 4; the opener was bowled in both innings. He was replaced by Shubman Gill in Melbourne, and then Rohit Sharma came into the eleven in Sydney displacing Mayank Agarwal, who has 31 runs in 4 innings.
The game hangs in a balance at sumps on Day 1 at the Gabba. Despite Marnus Labuschagne’s ton and losing Navdeep Saini, a young Indian bowling attack have the hosts 5 down for 274 runs.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) January 15, 2021