Former Indian pacemaker Ashish Nehra has praised opener Rohit Sharma for claiming Mumbaikar has every shot in the cricket book. Rohit scored a match-winning century in the second innings of India and earned the Man-of-the-Match award for his performance.
After conceding a 99-run lead in the first innings, India were under pressure, but Rohit eliminated them with a 127-pointer in 256 balls, with 14 fours and a huge six that made his century great has. Nehra said the 34-year-old has every shot in his armory apart from the unconventional inverted whip.
“There is no stroke that does not appear in Rohit Sharma’s book, whether you are talking about the whip or the cut. There’s only one shot he’s not seen yet, that’s the reverse whip, that’s the only one left in Test cricket,Name Nehra.
If it were not for Rohit, India would have been in deep waters. His partnerships, first with KL Rahul and thereafter with Cheteshwar Pujara, India took the lead and created the ideal platform for the middle order.
“Rohit has done his utmost in this series” – Ashish Nehra
The former bowler went further into the playing style of the Indian opener, pointing out the major changes that Rohit has made. Before the start of the series, many doubted whether the captain of the Mumbai Indians had what it took to survive in English conditions.
He proved them wrong in a certain way and is comfortably the second best batsman in the series after English captain Joe Root. In 4 Tests so far, Rohit has made 368 runs at an average of 52.57, just behind Root’s score of 564 runs in the same number of games.
“He may have scored his first century, but Rohit Sharma went to great lengths in this series. The way he started in Nottingham, although he did grab the fight in the first two or three Tests, but the way he changed his game. Rohit Sharma gave the best he could in the prevailing circumstances,“Nehra concluded.
India have a 2-1 lead in the 5-match Test series. The fifth and final Test starts on September 10, Friday, at Old Trafford in Manchester.