Rohit Sharma let his ego get the better of him


At the post-day press convention, Rohit Sharma was defiant. Nobody immediately requested him about the shot that led to his downfall in the series-deciding fourth Test on Saturday, however the Indian group’s vice-captain picked up the trace and backed his shot choice. “It was unfortunate and a very sad dismissal to be honest in the end, but those are my shots and I will keep playing them.”

Rohit’s plan was to get on prime of the Australian bowling, Nathan Lyon specifically, and by dint of his capability he has earned the proper to play some troublesome photographs even in tight conditions. But did Rohit present the proper self-discipline?

India at half-strength are combating in opposition to a full-strength Australia, boasting a world-class bowling assault at fortress Gabba. Apart from Rohit, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian batting is brief of a lot Test expertise. Rohit was anticipated to indicate better self-discipline.

Seventeen years in the past in Sydney, Sachin Tendulkar had scored an unbeaten 241 in opposition to Australia with out enjoying a single cowl drive. The pitch was flat sufficient for India to attain 700-plus of their first innings and thoughts, Tendulkar may play that shot better than most in that group. Maybe, solely Sourav Ganguly’s cowl drive was extra elegant. Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Nathan Bracken and Stuart MacGill tried to tempt him with full deliveries exterior the off-stump many instances. Tendulkar performed straighter, drove in the direction of mid-off as a substitute.

Like the ongoing collection, that one was additionally tied at 1-1 going into the ultimate Test. In the earlier Test, which Australia had received to sq. the collection, Tendulkar was out caught behind in each innings. As the grasp batsman would reveal later, the resolution to take the cowl drive out of his batting wasn’t pre-planned. It was taken on the subject. “I realised I needed discipline to be in the driver’s seat.” Tendulkar’s innings lasted 613 minutes and the nice man eschewed his ego for the larger good of the group.

When on tune, Rohit has a shot-making vary even larger than Virat Kohli. But there’s a cause why Kohli has 27 centuries in 87 Tests, whereas Rohit is enjoying his thirty fourth Test and has scored simply six tons since making his debut in 2013. Rohit has made his sport quite a bit tighter round the off-stump, particularly after he agreed to open the innings in the longer format. But in contrast to Kohli, he nonetheless performs some low-percentage photographs. The one he tried in opposition to Lyon on Saturday was a living proof.

Lyon was bowling to a plan, having fielders at huge long-on and deep sq.. He bowled that supply a bit straighter, round center and leg, stopping Rohit from releasing his arms. The latter nonetheless performed the chip, which seemed somewhat premeditated. He wasn’t fairly to the pitch of the ball and will have defended it. He may have made some changes as nicely to play it alongside the carpet. For a lesser batsman, the second choice was troublesome. But somebody of Rohit’s calibre was anticipated to do the needful.

At the press convention, Rohit spoke about his “process” of making an attempt to dominate the bowling as soon as he was in (nicely set). And he in full management till giving away his wicket. Whether overconfidence had crept in or it was pure intuition, that might be troublesome to inform from a distance. Either method, it was a free shot. Dominating opposition bowling doesn’t imply not eschewing the ego when required. Better batsmen than Rohit in Test cricket, all-time greats of the sport, did it many instances. Vivian Richards seldom tried something extravagant in opposition to Bhagwat Chandrasekhar. Tendulkar didn’t thoughts shunning the cowl drive at the SCG. That was batting self-discipline at its finest, which Rohit lacked.

Saturday’s dismissal wasn’t a case in isolation. Rohit, in truth, has been a repeat ‘offender’ on this regard. His batting artistry can match the nice Gundappa Viswanath. The latter, nonetheless, scored 14 Test centuries and India by no means misplaced a Test when he scored 100.

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“The difference is that GR Viswanath could rise to the occasion and he played according to the situation. Rohit had no business playing that shot, especially when a fielder was posted there. And if he says he will continue playing that way, I am afraid his Test career will be shortened down,” Viswanath’s teammate, former India seamer Karsan Ghavri informed The Indian Express.

In 1984, a poor shot from Kapil Dev in opposition to England in Delhi had triggered an Indian batting collapse, and the match resulted in a defeat for the hosts. The then choice committee dropped the nice all-rounder for the subsequent Test for enjoying a “silly shot”. Nobody is suggesting that Rohit ought to endure the identical destiny as Kapil, and he is not going to. But perhaps, quite than being defiant, the opener ought to take a look at his dismissals with humility.

Many moons in the past in Pakistan, Chetan Sharma needed to face Sunil Gavaskar after getting out to a poor shot. Sharma, new to worldwide cricket then, performed like a typical tail-ender, however his captain was furious. The former India pacer would verify how Gavaskar informed him if he ever tried such a shot once more, his India profession could be over.

Sharma is now the chairman of selectors and will have a phrase with Rohit. Gavaskar’s touch upon 7Cricket on Day 2 of the Brisbane Test may function a great reference level. “Why? Why? Why? That’s an unbelievable shot. That’s an irresponsible shot. There is a fielder there at long-on, there is a fielder there at deep square-leg. You’ve just hit a boundary a couple of deliveries earlier, why would you play that shot? You’re a senior player, there’s no excuse, absolutely no excuse for this shot.”


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