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India vs England Test Series 2024

Rohit Sharma puts onus on batters after a crushing defeat against England in Hyderabad test

Published at :January 28, 2024 at 7:25 PM
Modified at :January 28, 2024 at 7:25 PM
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Saurabh Anand


Rohit Sharma hailed England’s performance in the first test at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

England have registered one of their most famous test victories against India in India. England defeated team India by 28 runs in the first test of the five-match test series. Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium witnessed a great battle between bat and ball in four days of play. Indian batting line-up suffered a major setback when they failed to chase down 231 runs on day four.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma didn’t look happy with Indian batters. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul and Ravi Ashwin threw their wickets away in the second innings. Team India were bowled out for 202. England’s debutant left-arm spinner Tom Hartley picked up a seven-wicket haul in the second innings. Along with Hartley, Ollie Pope also shined for England with his 196 runs knock.

Rohit puts onus on batters

Team India scored 436 runs in the first innings and took 190-run lead in the first innings. Team India had exactly opposite batting performances in the second innings. Rohit Sharma was unhappy with the batters effort and said, “I thought 230 was gettable, there wasn’t too much in the pitch. We didn’t bat well enough to get to the score.” India lost seven wickets in the final session of play. 

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma also lauded the efforts of Indian bowlers and said they executed the plans nicely but Ollie Pope played a brilliant knock. Rohit added, “Ollie Pope played a brilliant knock… I went and checked where we bowled, we bowled in the right areas. When you finish the day, you analyse what went well and what didn’t go well. The bowlers executed the plans really well, but you got to take your hat off and say well played to Pope. That was some serious knock.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma also asked Indian players to be brave in the upcoming test matches. Indian captain Rohit expressed, “You need to fight it out. You need to show character, you need to be brave enough, which I thought we weren’t. We wanted to take some chances, we didn’t take chances with the bat.” The second test match between India and England will be played in Vishakhapatnam from 2nd February.

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