Australia made Rohit Sharma “work hard” for his 120-run knock and it was a particular effort because it got here on a monitor that wasn’t simple to bat on, India batting coach Vikram Rathour mentioned after the hosts strengthened their place within the series-opener. Rohit’s hundred and half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel has given India a primary innings lead of 144, going into the third day.
“It was a special innings by Rohit and it is a great feeling (to see him score runs). He showed good temperament and it was very important innings as the surface wasn’t easy to bat on,” Rathour mentioned on the finish of the second day’s play.
Since he began opening in Test matches, Rohit has performed some nice knocks however the three tons of that stand out embrace his epic 161 on a Chepauk snake pit, a ton on the Oval and Friday’s knock on a low, gradual turner in opposition to Australia. “That is the quality of his batting,” Rathour mentioned.
“He has got runs on seaming tracks in England. But if we talk about this particular innings, he was made to work hard for his runs. Normally, with Rohit when he scores his first few runs, he then pushes the score. But here he had to work hard,” the previous Test opener mentioned.
India scored 95 runs within the closing session, courtesy a 81-run stand between Axar (52 batting) and Jadeja (66 batting) however Rathour did not need to sound complacent about the truth that the match is nearly as good as in India’s pocket.
“I don’t think so. You can’t say till the last ball is bowled,” he mentioned cautiously.
When requested if Axar’s batting got here into consideration when he was picked forward of Kuldeep, Rathour denied emphatically.
“He (Axar) has been exceptional with the ball so that was not even a consideration. Yes, (his) batting is a bonus,” he added.
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