England Bowlers Were Disciplined On Day 3, Says Rohit Sharma
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England Bowlers Were Disciplined On Day 3, Says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma continued his good form in Test cricket as he scored a fighting 59 on Day 3 of the 3rd Test match. He was eventually given out LBW, and even though he did review it, the umpire’s call stood and he had to depart.

A naturally aggressive batsman, Rohit Sharma, in a press conference at the end of the 3rd day’s play, shed light on England’s disciplined bowling style that has prevented the Indian star batsman from opting for his free-flowing mode of batting.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Rohit Sharma: England Bowlers Were Disciplined

Rohit Sharma’s 59 runs in India’s second innings of the third Test against England at Leeds, Headingley came off 156 deliveries. The Mumbai batsman struck seven boundaries and a solitary six during the course of his almost four-hour vigil at the crease. Rohit Sharma had targeted Sam Curran and Moeen Ali while giving respect to the other bowlers.

“Their bowlers are very disciplined. Feel like playing shots but I do not get the opportunity. Therefore you have to respect the situation and play. I wait for the opportunity to score and give the bowlers respect until then.”

File image of Sam Curran | Reuters
File image of Sam Curran | Reuters

When quizzed about his approach to batting on the third day of the Test, Rohit Sharma spoke about adapting the technique that helped him score well.

“I know what challenges you have to face when you open the batting in such conditions. Keeping that in mind, you have to make some changes to your technique, which I did. I am happy those changes have worked. When you are batting, scoring runs is most important, but for me the longer I stay at the crease is also very important.”

Rohit Sharma has scored 1324 runs as an opener in 25 innings averaging 57.57 and has 4 tons including his career-best score of 212. Rohit Sharma has recorded scores of 26, 52, 44, 7, 34, and 30 as an opener while playing in Sydney, Brisbane, and Southampton over the last year. He scored 36, 12 n.o., 83, 21,19, and 59 against England at Trent Bridge, Lord’s, and Headingley.

India opener Rohit Sharma made a stylish 59 on Friday during the third Test at Leeds, Headingley. With India still trailing, Rohit Sharma reckons they are very much behind the game. He also felt that the 82-run stand between him and Cheteshwar Pujara was important as India had lost KL Rahul early in the piece.

Rohit Sharma Isn’t Disappointed To Miss Reaching The 3 Figure Mark

Rohit Sharma was also asked if he was disappointed to miss out on an opportunity to score a hundred. It is noteworthy that even though he has been in brilliant touch, Rohit Sharma has failed to score an overseas Test 100.

“I am not disappointed. It was an unlucky dismissal that can happen anytime you are batting. When the three-figure mark has to happen it will happen. My focus is on winning the match.”

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
India ended Day 3 with a score of 215/2. Though the visitors have lost their in-form opening batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli seem to be back in form. Cheteshwar Pujara played in an aggressive manner and was batting on 91, while Virat Kohli is unbeaten on 45.

Cheteshwar Pujara finally returned to form with a sublime 91* off 180 balls on Friday, an innings that featured 15 fours. Trailing England by 354 runs in the first innings, India ended Day 3 on an impressive 215 for 2, reducing the deficit to 139 by stumps. Pujara failed to score a ton after being dismissed LBW to Ollie Robinson on 91, without adding anything to India’s score on the 3rd Day at Stump’s.

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