Ind vs Aus 3rd Test: Rohit Sharma’s return boosts India’s confidence— Rohit Sharma’s return has boosted India’s performance to another level against Australia in Sydney in Border-Gavaskar Test series. The hitman, who had missed the first two Tests due to hamstring injury, was omnipotent and benevolent throughout the 1st innings while fielding, which was followed by giving that push to solve India’s opening pair woes.
It was for the first time in 14 innings, that India registered 50-plus stand for the opening wicket. Rothi and Shubman Gill put on 70 runs for the opening wicket to give the middle-order batsmen a solid platform.
His return made it possible in the ongoing third Test as he combined beautifully with newcomer Gill.
The Indian vice-captain had constant conversation with Gill, to help him play maturely and with intent. Both of them kept the scoreboard ticking to undo any pressure and also kept the run-rate in check.
The duo showed great composure against the fierce Australian bowling line-up and made sure they did not play any flashy shot outside the off stump.
They followed the rulebook and ensured that the Australian bowlers erred in their line and capitalised on the bad balls.
Besides this, Rohit was very helpful during fielding too. His advice during crunch situations have worked for the team.
In the fielding, there were multiple occasions when he had chats with the bowlers encouraging and guiding them. He was also instrumental in helping his skipper Ajinkya Rahane set fields and pick the right bowler at the right time.
In one of the incidents, he was seen having a conversation with Jasprit Bumrah. In the next couple of overs, the spearhead of India’s pace battery chipped two wickets of Cameron Green and Tim Paine. He also kept debutant Navdeep Saini’s confidence high.
Earlier, India survived the second session without losing a wicket after the bowlers brought the visitors back in the game to bundle Australia out for 338 with Steve Smith scoring his 27th century.
The second session saw the hosts add 89 runs and lose five wickets after resuming at 249/5.
Skipper Tim Paine, who came in to bat after Cameron Green’s dismissal, failed to bother the scorers much as he was dismissed for just one run. Smith though continued the good work, scoring runs all around the park. Pat Cummins and Smith built a 23-run partnership in which only the latter contributed. Ravindra Jadeja removed Cummins for a 13-ball duck.
Mitchell Starc and Smith then had a valuable 32-run stand for the eighth wicket. Meanwhile, Smith smashed his first century of the series. Smith’s 131-run knock studded with 16 fours finally came to an end with a run-out. The search for a second run cost Smith his wicket as Jadeja’s direct hit from square leg saw him walking back to the pavilion.
Jadeja then sent Nathan Lyon back for a duck before debutant pacer Navdeep Saini picked Starc (24) to end Australia’s first innings