Australia vs India: Rohit Sharma does a Suresh Raina; becomes umpire on David Warner's dismissal

Australia vs India: Rohit Sharma does a Suresh Raina; becomes umpire on David Warner’s dismissal

Rohit also bowled medium pace when Navdeep Saini went off due to injury in the first innings.

Rohit Sharma Umpire
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsman, has been hogging all the limelight ever since the start of the fourth and final Test at The Gabba in Brisbane. The 33-year-old is mostly known for his prowess with the bat in hand. However, he’s had to perform other roles as well. In the first innings, he bowled medium pace when fast bowler Navdeep Saini went off the park due to injury.

Rohit generally bowls slow of-breaks with which he once took a hat-trick in the Indian Premier League, while playing for the defunct Deccan Chargers. In Brisbane, he bowled wide outside the off-stump and Marnus Labuschagne cut him for a single.  In the meantime, in the fourth day’s play, Rohit turned into an umpire.

It was after Washington Sundar trapped David Warner plumb in front. Australia took the DRS as a step out of desperation though the left-hander was pretty much sure of his fate. In the end, Australia lost the review. When the on-field umpire raised his finger again, Rohit also joined in.

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Rohit Sharma having no regrets

Earlier, in the first innings, Rohit was looking at his fluent best. He was batting on 44 at a strike-rate in excess of 60. But then he perished while trying to take the aerial route against Nathan Lyon. Rohit was greeted with flak for throwing his wicket away. However, Sharma said that he didn’t have any regrets about playing the shot.

“Once I was in and I had played a few overs, I realised there was not much swing so I did little adjustment there, after that, it was an unfortunate dismissal, it is something I won’t regret. I like to put pressure on the bowler once I am in and that is my role in this team to keep putting pressure on the bowlers,” Rohit was quoted as saying in a press conference.

“The run-scoring has been slightly difficult for both the teams so someone needs to put their hand up and think about how to put pressure on the bowlers. In doing that, there is a chance of making mistakes but you should be ready to accept that. It was a plan so I actually have no regrets about playing that shot,” he added.