Aakash Chopra believes Rohit Sharma will play a match-defining role on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test against England. Rohit Sharma is India’s second-highest run-scorer in the series thus far, with 261 runs to his name, only behind his opening partner KL Rahul(291 runs). However, he has looked the most comfortable amongst all the Indian batsmen in the middle.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played cautiously and remained unbeaten at Stump’s on Day 2 of the 4th Test at The Oval. India was placed at 43/0 after 16 overs, trailing by 56 runs. Earlier, England was dismissed for 290 as Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes helped their team take a crucial 99-run lead in the 4th Test at The Oval. Ollie Pope scored 81 while Chris Woakes played a blistering knock of 50 runs to propel England after a shaky start.
Aakash Chopra Hopes Rohit Sharma Will Change The Course Of The 4th Test
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked Rohit Sharma to come up with a game-changing performance despite getting off to a slightly indifferent start.
“I am going towards Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma looked vulnerable when he came to bat. He got an edge and the catch was also dropped. He played and missed, played on the leg side and the ball went to the off side,” said Aakash Chopra.
The former Indian opener reasoned: “What happened on the second evening was tough. But the bad and difficult time has passed. He is coming after playing exceedingly well for a long time.”
Rohit Sharma was put down by Rory Burns at the second slip off James Anderson’s bowling as the fielder lost sight of the ball. The Indian opener had scored only six runs by that time. Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 20 and batting alongside him his KL Rahul who is on 22*. India trail England by 56 runs after ending Day 2 on 43/0.
Aakash Chopra Hopes Rohit Sharma Will Register His First Overdue Ton Overseas
Aakash Chopra hopes Rohit Sharma will register his first century in overseas conditions during the third day’s play.
He elaborated: “His hundred is overdue, today’s play could bring the first overseas Test hundred by Rohit Sharma. So Rohit Sharma will do the magic, that is what I believe but fingers and toes crossed because at times when it goes wrong it is heartbreaking.”
The reputed commentator signed off by stating that the Indian team has allowed their fans to dream big.
Chopra observed: “I am keeping my hopes high because this team has given us the permission to hope and we have also shown the courage to dream.”
All of Rohit Sharma’s seven Test hundreds have come on home soil. The 83-run knock at Lord’s in the ongoing series is the Mumbaikar’s highest score away from home.
Rohit Sharma also does not enjoy a great overall record in overseas conditions. He has aggregated 1206 runs at an underwhelming average of 29.41 in 24 Tests in opposition territory.
Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes made their first Test fifties in a year to give England a 99-run first-innings lead at The Oval before India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul almost halved the deficit by seeing out the second day.
England was struggling at 53 for 3 overnight and lost two more wickets for nine runs at the start of the day, but Ollie Pope’s fluency in partnerships with Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali dragged them into the lead, and then Chris Woakes – batting at No. 9 after England had used a nightwatchman – built on it by attacking the old ball.