Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment with his dismissal in the last Test, acknowledging that he missed the chance to score big after reaching a century.
However, he mentioned that he has moved on from that and is looking forward to a fresh start in the second Test in Trinidad.
In the previous Test, Rohit and debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal had a strong opening partnership of 229 runs in Dominica. Rohit fought hard to score 103 runs off 221 balls but was dismissed soon after reaching the milestone.
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Reflecting on his dismissal, Rohit admitted his disappointment during a press conference before the second Test.
He stated, “Getting out is always disappointing, and he was particularly frustrated with his dismissal in the last Test because he felt he was batting well and had good concentration for a long period. It was a good opportunity to notch up a big score.”
However, he quickly added that his focus is now on making improvements for future matches.
The second Test, starting on July 20 in Port of Spain, holds historical significance as it will mark the 100th red-ball encounter between India and West Indies.
Rohit acknowledged the significance of the occasion and expressed his excitement for the match, stating, “Both teams have played good cricket and have entertained people. I hope this Test match is also like that.”
Rohit considered leading the Indian side on this historic occasion as an honor and predicted an exciting match between the two teams.
He also mentioned that he believes West Indies will bounce back and make the contest thrilling for both countries.
Regarding West Indies’ recent struggles, including their failure to qualify for the ODI World Cup, Rohit stated that he doesn’t have the inside information to comment on the matter.
However, he recognized the talent in the West Indian team and highlighted that their spinners could have posed a threat in the first Test if they were available.
When asked about India’s playing XI for the second Test, Rohit mentioned that they are uncertain due to the weather conditions and will make a decision based on the prevailing circumstances. He added that they don’t anticipate any drastic changes.
Following the Test series, India is scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is against West Indies.