Former Australia batsman Simon Katich criticised India star Rohit Sharma after the latter played a poor start to throw away a good start in the ongoing first Test.
One of the finest cricketers of the white-ball, Rohit is surprisingly yet to cement his place in the Test team even after making his debut five years ago.
For a player of his calibre, the constant struggle in red-ball cricket can be embarrassing. His Test career started with a bang. Drafted in the team for the series against Windies in 2013 which will be always remembered as the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s testimonial series, Rohit managed to steal the thunder for a while. In his first two innings, he slammed two centuries, becoming only the fifth batsman to do so.
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However, those two terrific knocks were not the precursor of how his Test career would unfold. Earlier this year, he lost his place in the Test side after the poor tour of South Africa.
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He was preferred over Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI but was dropped from the team after poor show in the first two Tests.
Well, he recently earned a recall for the ongoing series in Australia. However, the right-hander failed to justify the faith shown in him. Rohit walked in to bat when India were reeling at 41 for 4. He along with Cheteshwar Pujara then steadied the ship. The India limited-overs vice-captain was looking in his elements as he hit three sixes and two fours in quick time. However, he undid all the good work by playing a poor shot.
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Rohit tried to unsettle by Nathan Lyon by taking the aggressive route. And although he managed to survive a huge scare on the second delivery of the 38th over, he threw away his wicket on the very following delivery.
And just like many, Simon Katich is also surprised by Rohit’s shot selection. In fact, Katich ended up saying that Rohit is not aware of the nature of Test cricket.
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“Rohit just doesn’t understand the nature of Test cricket. The shot he played was pre-meditated. Such shot was not written for that kind of delivery” Katich said.