India opener Rohit Sharma was the toast of the visitor’s stunning 157-run victory over host England in the fourth Test match played at the Oval. Sharma plays in the second innings for India with a sparkling century.
India were tough in the match after being bowled out for 191 in the first innings. However, the bowlers got up when Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets, and Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja each scored two headers to limit England’s lead to 99 runs by bowling them out for 290 runs.
The second innings for India would be crucial and Rohit Sharma decided to dig in his heels and scored a sublime 127 with 14 fours and 1 six on the way. He started India solidly by adding 83 runs with KL Rahul for the first wicket.
After that, Cheteshwar Pujara (61) and a half of Shardul Thakur and Rishabh Pant lifted India to 466 runs, which set England a goal of 368 runs. Umesh again picked up three wickets and Jadeja, Bumrah and Shardul scored two wickets each as India won the Test by 157 runs when England were bowled out for 210 runs.
In the end, Rohit Sharma was named the Man of the Match for his match setting and this award was his 35thste Player of the match award in international cricket, and he passed Yuvraj Singh, who has had 34 such awards in his brilliant career in India. Now only Sourav Ganguly (37), Virat Kohli (57) and Sachin Tendulkar (76) are ahead of Rohit Sharma.
This is my first hundred overseas, so clearly my best one: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma’s 127 was also his 8ste Test tons but its first outside India. He was delighted with the award after the match and calls this century his best one.
‘A great effort from the batting unit. This is my first hundred overseas, so of course my best one. The three-pointer was not in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit, but we kept our heads down and hit the situation. I was not on my mind but trying to get the team in a good position.
With 30, or 80, or 150-plus. I hit middle order earlier, but I know how important it is to open up. Once you’re in, you have to let it count. It is important to take on the challenge; back in Durham we had time to look at our training and technique, after WTC we had 20-25 days, and it was a game changer. Rohit Sharma said.
England and India play from 10 September in the fifth and final Test match at Old Trafford in Manchester.