One shot and all hope died! Now these decisions of Rohit will also be debated

Chasing a seemingly impossible target of 444 to win the Test World Cup, the positivity with which Team India started the innings gave the impression that captain Rohit Sharma had taken the responsibility upon his shoulders. Despite the controversial dismissal of Shubman Gill, the captain’s batting and composure didn’t seem to be affected in the slightest. Rohit was batting like he was in complete control. Rohit’s defense against Australia’s varied pace attack was reminiscent of his tour of England in 2021, while hitting every weak ball for a four was a reflection of his matchless stroke-play. Was showing a glimpse. When it seemed that now that impossible target could be really thought of, only then captain Rohit played a sweep shot, seeing which not only the press-box but all the veterans sitting in the commentary box were stunned.

The captain hesitated to accept the umpire’s decision and went for a review, but the 25,000-odd spectators sitting on the ground had already felt the gloom. Rohit had raised hopes of a big and match-winning innings, but his one shot suddenly put Team India on the backfoot in the match. Rohit, who won the trophy 5 times for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, was handed over the captaincy of Team India so that he could end the drought of the ICC trophy.

If Rohit Sharma had played with a straight bat, hardly anyone would have got him out on such a ball. He also knows this, but he has now made a mistake.

Harbhajan Singh, former cricketer, commentator

If the selectors and coach did not select the right team in the 2022 T-World Cup, then captain Rohit’s decisions in the Oval Test also gave place to debate. If Ravichandran Ashwin and Dinesh Karthik were not replaced in the T20 World Cup and Rishabh Pant was not given a place in the playing XI on stubbornness, then Ashwin, one of the greatest bowlers in Indian history, was not considered worthy of playing XI in the WTC.

Rohit may have argued that the decision to drop Ashwin was too tough, but how right could it be to include Umesh Yadav in the squad, ignoring the number 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings? Former captain Sourav Ganguly also expressed surprise over Rohit’s decision during the commentary. It would be a strange coincidence that the bowler who Rohit fell victim to in the second innings was Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who showed the Indian captain the way to the pavilion in his very first over.

India were heading for the target but with the dismissals of Rohit and Pujara, difficult but not impossible. Virat and Rahane have guts. He can make a comeback in the match.

Ravi Shastri, former coach and commentator

If Team India loses on the fifth day of the match, then everyone will again debate on captain Rohit’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss. It is a different matter that Australian captain Pat Cummins also said after losing the toss that he too would have decided to bowl. At the time of the toss, Rohit took a decision which did not prove to be a major disappointment of his captaincy period after seeing the clouds in the sky for some time.

If Team India wins the match in an improbable way, it will be seen as an extraordinary victory like Gaba, but if it loses, the pressure on captain Rohit will only increase in the next few months just before the ODI World Cup. .

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