Indian opener Rohit Sharma threw his wicket away after being well set in his first innings at The Gabba. India walked out to bat after bowling out Australia for 369. Shubman Gill opened the batting along with Rohit. He was dismissed cheaply for 7 while Rohit looked good till he scored 44 and got himself dismissed.
Nathan Lyon coming into action in his 100th Test match, dismissed Rohit in his second over of the day, which was his 397th Test wicket. It was a no shot from the Indian opener, who was looking all set for a big century after his 74-ball stay in the middle.
Sunil Gavaskar Livid After Rohit Sharma’s Dismissal
This was also the sixth time that Lyon dismissed the Indian opener in Test cricket. Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar was livid with Rohit Sharma after he threw his wicket away after being set. During his commentary stint for Channel 7, Gavaskar said that he played an irresponsible shot to get out and that there is no excuse for that.
“That’s an unbelievable and irresponsible shot from Rohit Sharma. You’ve just hit a boundary earlier, why would you play that? You’re a senior player, there’s no excuse for this. An unnecessary wicket gifted away, totally unnecessary” said Sunil Gavaskar on Channel 7.
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Rohit Sharma played 74 deliveries for his 44 which included six fours. Rohit’s dismissal was just at the stroke of tea which gave the opposition a huge advantage getting into the tea break. Sunil Gavaskar was also angry because Rohit being a senior batsman in the team gave his wicket away when he looked set to get a big score.
Meanwhile, India are still trailing by 307 runs in their first innings chasing Australia’s 369. The Australia tail wagged a bit before the Indian bowlers were finally able to dismiss them inside the first session of the day’s play. Australian skipper Tim Paine was dismissed on 50. Mitchell Starc(20*) and Nathan Lyon (24) scored 44 between them to frustrate the Indian bowlers.