WTC Final: “Scored 34 more than expected”

Rohit Sharma’s first Test innings in England as an opener came to a disappointing end as he had to depart for a well-made 34. The 34-year-old looked solid in his defense and played each ball to its merit.

However, Rohit Sharma couldn’t resist when he saw a fuller delivery from Kyle Jamieson. Hanging his bat outside off-stump, Rohit edged one behind to Tim Southee, who completed an excellent catch at first slip.

Twitter reacts to Rohit Sharma’s dismissal

Indian fans were extremely disappointed as they wanted Rohit Sharma to prove his mettle in these tough batting conditions. However, some also trolled the star opener for throwing away yet another good start. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rohit’s dismissal:

India were put in to bat by Kane Williamson on a greenish surface and under overcast conditions. However, both openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were excellent right from ball one. They patiently left the deliveries well outside off-stump, but didn’t miss out on loose balls and punished them to the fence.

Rohit Sharma had a lot to prove, and questions were asked about whether he had the technique to be successful in these testing conditions. He had a habit of planting his front foot and taking it a bit too across, bringing the LBW into play.

Rohit made adjustments to his technique and was rewarded with instant results. Some of his backfoot punches were simply exquisite and pleasing to the eye. Adding 62 runs alongside Gill for the opening wicket, Rohit Sharma has given India a great start.

New Zealand bowlers, especially Tim Southee and Trent Boult, might be guilty of not being consistent in their line and length. But the two quick wickets of Rohit and Gill have certainly brought them roaring back into the contest. It will be interesting to see how things pan out further for both teams.

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