March 7, 2021

India vs England Test 2, Day 1: A great statement

Sebak opened its gate for fans. Govind welcomed cricket spectators in India a year after the forced break, and as the toss time approached, rows of snakes began to form around the stadium. Fifty per cent aggression was allowed and first day ticket holders were delighted by Rohit Sharma Sonata on the sharp (read, wipe) notes.

Rohit was bowled out for 161 off 231 balls; His seventh Test century and his best. At a press conference a day later, the Indian opener said he did not value his centuries. But it was a pitch, the ball turned in the first session of the first day and more than the curve, the variable bounce was a big obstacle for the batsmen. After winning the toss, India ended the day at 300/6.

As a batsman, Rohit is spoiled for choice. Very few in this Indian team can possibly match the range of his shots in the world. On a rough surface, he unboxed a sweep shot to neutralize England spinners Moin Ali in particular.

This is not a calculated risk. Far from it. In fact, the sweep shot helped him reduce the risk of a foot-front exit on a pitch where some roughness had already developed outside the right-handed player’s stump at one end. Moin aimed rough and spun his gaps from there. Rohit was well aware that his front leg would always be outside the off-stump line. Rohit also suggested that Ajinkya Rahane should follow this pattern during the fourth wicket partnership of 162, which turned the tide in India’s support. Rahane scored 67 runs.

Shoes on the other foot

England have traditionally had a ‘huge’ victory in matches against India. From Graham Cooch in the first Test of the series to Joe Root in the semi-finals of the 1987 World Cup in Mumbai, the Blythe men continued to use shots against Indian spinners. On Saturday, Rohit beat the tourists in their own match. He had 18 fours and two sixes in his innings, but he did not clear all he came up with.

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Rohit Stuart started with a beautiful cover drive against Broad. He used his feet against Moin to hit a six in the long-offer. He unleashed a square cut against the impressive Ally Stone who stood tall. A trademark pull sent Ben Stokes delivery over the deep square-foot border. The drive behind a bowler is elegant. But Rohit used the sweep shot as his first line against Moin as he kept the ball spinning inside him. Against left-arm spinner Jack Leach, he only threw against the turn when the ball was fully encountered. Rohit’s effective approach put England under severe pressure and Root made a slight mistake in his fielding. The two Lexite fielders near the boundary, when Moin threw the ball, were so deep that if there were any edges above Rohit, they would not fall on any man’s ground.

Keeping the bowlers under pressure

England got off to a good start to the game. Stone, who sometimes went 150km / h, was bowled by Schupman Gill in the first over of Test cricket in India. Gill misunderstood a good long ball and grabbed the front with a shrug. Cheteshwar Pujara was forming an alliance with Rohit before Leach was forced into delivery and was caught in a slip by Stokes. The ball was dying on this surface. Rohit’s two edges did not go for tickets. Pujara may have both minds on whether to turn the ball over to an empty third-man area or play a defensive shot. Undoubtedly love will cost him. Then, Kohli departed for a duck, Moin threw, India suddenly 85/3. The fact that Rohit is going at the knot rate at the other end did not allow England to attack aggressively.

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Rohit reached his fifty in just 47 balls. India reached 100 in the 25th over, with the opener scoring 75 off 76 balls. England sought a moderate defensive field against Rohit, but the batsman was happy to play in lower gear for a while. His century came off 150 balls off 208 balls. Also, after the root attack from Pattabhiraman End, things started to happen from the point of view of England. Root’s round-arm action is more effective on this surface compared to two leading spinners, Moin and Leach.

Anderson is missing

After escaping a stumping appeal, Rohit came out with a deep square foot. For once, he was not perfect against Leach. He had batted for more than five hours in the heat of Chennai, and fatigue probably entered inside.

In his two Tests in Australia, Rohit got off to a good start before leaving. Some of his shot choices came from many areas. But Rohit spoke in support of himself without changing the game. Since making his debut as a long-form opener in October 2019, he has now scored 864 runs in nine Tests, including four centuries. In the first Test, he got good delivery in both the innings. On Saturday, he was rewarded for what he had prepared and planned.

Rahane scored a half-century. Both Mumbai batsmen gel well in the middle. Throughout their partnership, Rohit and Rahane were talking and helping each other. They ensured India capitalized by batting first on this wicket. For England, retiring James Anderson turned out to be a choice error. The ball started upside down in the afternoon and the best layer of the reverse swing was his heels cool. This is not good for tourists.

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