'Nervous 30s for Rohit Sharma' - Twitter disappointed after opener fails to maximize again

Rohit Sharma now has three straight scores in 30s in Test cricket.

Rohit Sharma's dismissal
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Akash Ghosh
AKASH GHOSH

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It happened again. Rohit Sharma got off to a fine start and then lost his wicket without converting it into a big score. After batting so well during the final session of day one and the morning session of day two of the first Test against England in Trent Bridge, Sharma got out on the stroke of lunch. 

After bowling out England for just 183 runs in the first innings in the opening day itself, India needed their openers to stitch together a good partnership to lay down the foundation. Continuing from 21 for 0, Rohit along with his makeshift opening partner, KL Rahul steadied the ship making England bowlers work hard for wickets. 

With the opening stand approaching 100 and the lunch about to be called at the end of that over, England pacer Ollie Robinson banged one short ball into the surface challenging Rohit to go for pull. Throughout the entire session, no English bowler had tried the bouncer and the ball took Rohit out of surprise. He went for the instinctive pull shot. 

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The ball went straight to the fine-leg fielder, Sam Curran, who was stationed there for just this one shot. As Curran took the catch, the frustration of working so hard and giving it up was clearly visible on the face of Rohit Sharma. He played 107 balls and batted close to three hours for his knock of 36. But, this has been a bit of a pattern with Rohit Sharma ever since he has started opening in Tests away from home. 

During the Australia series, he got scores of 26 (77 balls), 52 (98), 44 (74), and 7 (34). Even in the ICC World Test Championship final in June, he got 34 runs off 68 balls in the first innings and 30 runs off 81 balls. Interestingly enough, in the Sydney Test earlier this year, in the second innings Rohit had got out to a similar shot after batting well for his 52 runs. 

However, Rohit’s performance has now laid a platform for India to get a big lead. Rahul was unbeaten on 48 when the lunch was called. At the time of writing this, Rahul had added another run to his tally while India had lost Cheteshwar Pujara for 4 and Virat Kohli for a duck. 

Here are some of the Twitter reactions to Rohit Sharma’s dismissal: