Rohit Sharma pulls Pujara’s leg for his strike rate: India ended at 270/3 after stumps on Day 3 of the fourth test match at Kennington, Oval. Rohit Sharma’s 127(256) and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 61(127) rescued the Indian innings. India are leading by 171 runs in the 2nd innings. India will look to set a humongous target in front of the home crowd on Day 4 of the test match.
Rohit and Pujara’s 153 run helped India achieve this huge total on Day 3. Pujara usually is a very defensive batsmen who likes to take his time on the pitch. He usually starts slow and then gears his innings up later. But we got to see a completely different version of the 33-year-old on Day 4. At one point on the game Pujara was batting at a strike rate of about 75 which is far different from his usual ones. He was scoring a lot of boundaries and was immediately rotating the strike. Pujara looked very comfortable in the pitch even in the toughest of situations.
At the end of the day’s play Rohit quizzed Pujara about his strike rate. But Pujara gave the credit to KL Rahul and Rohit for batting in the toughest of situations. Pujara stated that the conditions were easy when he came to bat at no.3 in the 34th over of the game.
“It was a good start, thanks to you guys (Rohit, Rahul) the ball was old and I could play my shots. It was slightly easier to bat in that session,” Pujara told Rohit in a video posted on BCCI’s website.
Rohit added that the roles have been reversed now as he is the one to spend the most time in the pitch nowadays. Rohit has faced the most balls so far on the pitch (866).
“The roles actually have been reversed. Normally I like to play a few shots and get the scoreboard moving quickly while you take time but the roles have reversed now. I’m happy to spend time (in the middle) and play as many balls as possible. That was for me, the biggest challenge before this tour, to play as many balls as possible. Runs and boundaries will come as long as you spend time in the middle,” Rohit said.
Here’s the video: