Rohit Sharma fails to impress on his comeback
Published - Mar 4, 2017 6:41 pm | Updated - Mar 4, 2017 7:12 pm
Rohit Sharma was back on the field after staying out of action for over 4 months. He was a part of the Mumbai team that took on Andhra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Chennai. Rohit was added in Mumbai squad for the team’s last two encounters in the tournament.
He walked on the field today but his comeback was short-lived as he was sent back to the pavilion after scoring just 16 runs. On a wicket that showed all signs of assisting the pacers Mumbai didn’t tinker with the opening combination despite Rohit’s presence in the XI. Akhil Herwadkar and Shreyas Iyer could hardly get going as the latter scored 18 while Akhil was out for a score of four.
Batting along with skipper Aditya Tare who has been in top form during this tournament, Rohit could buy time to get his innings off. He started off with a couple of boundaries and looked good. Just when you thought that Rohit was set to unleash his masterclass, he was bundled by the Andhra bowler Girinath Reddy for 16 of 33 deliveries.
Rohit wouldn’t really mind this since it was important for him to get back on the field and prove his fitness. He has another game against Goa in hand to get his game right and the kind of player he is, the selectors will not look for a big knock to pick him in the team, he will walk back into his spot automatically.
The Indian selectors had earlier announced the team only for the first two Tests of the four they will be playing against Australia in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With the batting under some real pressure, Rohit Sharma’s return would certainly bolster Virat Kohli & Co. in the Test series. Though will be interesting to see if the selectors decided to make any changes in the squad that was earlier picked.