Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels that Rohit Sharma’s overseas century is around the corner, keeping his sublime form in mind.
India might win the ongoing test series, they are pumped up after thrashing England by 151 runs at the iconic Lord’s ground. All the players came forward to perform to keep our Tri-colour high in London. Rahul’s staggering 129, Rohit’s 83, Siraj’s 4-for, and Ishant’s 3 wicket haul gave India a tight grip in the 1st innings. India declared the 2nd innings on 298 runs, thanks to Rahane’s 61, Pujara’s hard-fought 45, Shami’s 56.
Kohli’s India was confident of bundling England under 60 overs, eventually, did it effectively, as Siraj skittled through England batting lineup with 4 wickets and Bumrah didn’t let England settle on the pitch with his tight bowling (3/33).
Rohit had to fight hard to get those 83 runs on the board for himself in front of bowlers like James Anderson, Ollie Robinson, and Mark Wood. The ball was moving around and seaming, but his gritty attitude assisted him to pass through the tough time before heading to the pavilion, bowled by Anderson’s cracker in-swinger. Sharma is yet to get an overseas century since his test debut.
Gavaskar stated-” In a five-day Test match, no one has an idea as to how the pitch will behave on the first day – things like whether there is life on this pitch, will the ball bounce more? For that, you need some time and the adjustment Rohit Sharma showed in the first innings, how to do it. He did it brilliantly – what shots to play and what not. Just see how many balls he left, some of them close to the off stump. This adjustment is mental and that is what Rohit accomplished.”
“And this is what gives us hope from a player. If you get a player who can guarantee score 80 runs, then in a five-Test series, he would end up with 400-450 runs. What else does a captain need? Yes, he would be disappointed not scoring a century, but getting a century at Lords isn’t everything”- the first 10000 run-scorer in the test mentioned.
“You score a century at Trent Bridge or Leeds… if you score a century for India in whichever part of the world, that is what is important. And the way he is batting, the time he has, and the position in which he gets himself in, it feels as if a century is just around the corner”. He further added.