Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara do not tackle the field for India on day 4 of the oval test against England. Both have minor injuries, and were advised to rest as a precaution, the BCCI confirmed.
Rohit and Pujara shared a 153-run stand on second day for the second wicket, which put India ahead. During the alliance, Pujara sprained his ankle while taking a single cut and he was uncomfortable throughout. He managed to continue before being fired for 61.
Rohit on the other hand played a monumental beat of 127 which put the team in a strong position. During the innings, he sustained a minor injury to his left knee and complained of discomfort on day 4.
To ensure that the duo do not aggravate the above injuries, they will not face the field on Sunday. Rohit was excellent in the slip cordon, so his services will be missed. The Indian medical team is being evaluated, and further calls will be made soon.
UPDATE – Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara will not face the field. Rohit has discomfort in his left knee while Pujara has pain in his left ankle. The BCCI medical team is evaluating this. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/ihMSUPR7Im
– BCCI (@BCCI) 5 September 2021
India at the top after setting a goal of 368 for England
Team India set an unlikely goal of 368 for the English team. Although the field is fairly flat and Captain Joe Root is in the shape of his life, it can be considered too steep a mountain for the hosts.
On day 4, India were at 312/6 with Virat Kohli at 44. It looked like England would chase a small target, but Shardul Thakur combined with Rishabh Pant to completely force the bowling attack. They reached a partnership of 100 runs for the seventh wicket, which conquered India’s lead over 300.
Some useful contributions further from the order Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav meant India folded for 466, setting the hosts a target of 368. There are no demons in the field, but the pressure of a chase in the fourth inning can finally have a telling blow.