Wasim Jaffer believes that in the second One-Day International against England at Lord’s on Thursday, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s issues with left-arm pacers came to the fore once more (July 14).
As Rohit Sharma missed a length delivery on the stumps, England left-armer Reece Topley caught him lbw for a 10-ball duck. Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, and Trent Boult are just a few of the right-handed batters that have previously caused problems.
Wasim Jaffer Reflects On Rohit Sharma’s Batting
Jaffer spoke with ESPNcricinfo on the Indian captain’s dismissal to Topley in the Lord’s one-day match.
“We all know Rohit Sharma struggles against left-arm seamers when the ball swings. Reece Topley bowled really well. Even the shot Rohit played before he got out, that was loose as well.”
In addition to Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan battled and was out for nine after 26 balls. The left-hander still appears rusty, says Jaffer. The former Indian batter continued:
“Very unlike batting display. Shikhar Dhawan again, although he got a not out in the first game, he still looks rusty. He hasn’t found his touch because he hasn’t played a lot of cricket.”
Jaffer reflected on India’s entire batting effort throughout the game and claimed that they lacked any type of intent. He said:
“They came out a little bit in a timid way. I wouldn’t say they were complacent, but playing four maidens… that intent was probably missing at the start. They didn’t come out and hit the ground running.”
India failed to reach 31 for four in 12 overs while trying to chase 247. When England finally won the match by 100 runs and levelled the three-match series at 1-1, they were eventually bowled out for 146.
Dropped Catch Of David Willey Was A Key Moment: Ashley Giles
Former England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles saw David Willey’s lost catch as a key turning point while analysing the crucial events of the Lord’s ODI. He explained:
“There was a really key moment and that was the dropped catch of Willey. He was on 1 and went on to get 40-odd at close to a run-a-ball. That partnership with Moeen (Ali) was just early on and they were scratching around a little bit. Both Willey and Topley upfront carried that momentum into India’s batting.”
In the 31st over, Willey was dismissed by Prasidh Krishna after being bowled by Hardik Pandya. From 148 for six, Willey and Moeen contributed 62 runs for the seventh wicket to help England to a respectable total.