Upcoming England pacer Ollie Robinson said Rohit Sharma‘s wicket on day 2 was the momentum-changing moment in the match as England made a strong comeback and forced the collapse in India’s batting line-up.
In response to England’s 183, India’s new opening pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are starting to steady. Both right-handers respected the good deliveries while paying in the slightly bad ones. India wanted to eat with firm control, but for the final delivery, when Sharma pulled a short ball from Ollie Robinson straight to the fine leg field.
After lunch, England storms further back with James Anderson eliminating Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane then runs himself out unnecessarily. Rishabh Pant climbed out early on day 3, while India beat 145/5.
Half a century of Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and the late orders of the three pacers, however, gave the visitors a healthy lead of 95 runs, which depicted English openers by 25 runs before the rest of day 3 was washed out.
“I thought it was a big wicket, we struggled and it gave us momentum in the afternoon session,” Ollie Robinson, who picked his first five-wicket wicket, said on Friday.
I thought I would never play for England again: Ollie Robinson
Ollie Robinson has admitted that he thought he would never be able to play for England again after his debut match against New Zealand in June. The sailor was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing of the second Test due to the appearance of the mean tweets he made when he was a teenager.
He was subsequently fined and suspended from a few matches but made a strong comeback with a five-match win over India.
“I definitely had doubts about my career. I talked to my lawyers for a while and we looked at the fact that I could be banned for a few years. It would have taken me until the age of 30, and someone else could come in and take my place. So yes, I have doubts about my career. I thought I would never play for England again.
“It was difficult. Probably the hardest few weeks I’ve had in cricket to be honest, or actually in my life. It affects not only myself but also my family. But fortunately it all went well today, “said the 27-year-old.