“When you're put up against a wall, you need to show character and you need to be brave enough, which I thought we weren't.”
espncricinfo staff28-January-2024 • 27 minutes ago
Rohit Sharma He believed India were not “courageous enough” in their second innings and they “failed overall as a team” as they lost by 28 runs in Hyderabad.
“When you are put against a wall, you need to show character and you need to be brave enough,” Rohit said on the official telecast after India were 1-0 down in the five-Test series. Who I thought we weren't.” , “We wanted to take some chances…we didn't take risks with the bat. But it can happen.”
With India taking a huge lead of 190 runs in the first innings, the idea that England would finish with a win was more than a little far-fetched. However, Ollie Pope Playing a brilliant inning of 196 runs in 278 balls, he took England to 420 runs in the second innings and gave them a lead of 230 runs, which proved to be enough.
Rohit said that Pope's innings was “probably the best” he had seen by an overseas batsman in Indian conditions, but felt that the target was by no means unforgettable on a surface that did not perform very well.
“You've got to take your hat off and say 'well played' to Ollie Pope. That was some serious innings,” said Rohit. “After getting a lead of 190, we thought we were well ahead in the game, but then… exceptional batting, probably the best I have seen in Indian conditions by an overseas batsman.
“Ollie Pope played a brilliant innings. I definitely thought 230 was achievable, there wasn't much on the pitch, but we didn't bat well enough to reach that score.
This is only the third time overall – and the first time on home soil – that India have lost a Test match after taking a lead of more than 100 runs in the first innings. Was India's bowling to blame for the defeat in Hyderabad then?
He said, “I went and saw where we bowled [after the third day], and I thought we bowled in the right areas,” Rohit said. “When you finish the day, you analyze: what went well, what didn't go well, and things like that. We went back and looked at things; we talked [them] And I thought the bowlers executed the plan really well.
“Overall we failed as a team. We didn't bat well to reach that score [in the second innings],Rohit Sharma
“It's hard to see one or two things. Overall we failed as a team. I thought after their batting and our batting in the first innings, I thought we were well ahead of the game. We didn't bat well to reach that score [in the second innings],
Rohit also praised India's lower-order batsmen, who gave hope late on the fourth day. India's score in the 41st over was 119 runs for 7 wickets and the end was fast approaching. But KS Bharat and R Ashwin made a partnership of 57 runs in 130 balls for the eighth wicket. Even Jasprit Bumrah and No. 11 Mohammed Siraj lasted 37 balls and added 25 runs, but could not take the game to the final day and Siraj's wicket fell in the last over of the extended day. Tom Hartley His seventh wicket of the innings and an atmosphere of celebration in the England camp.
“I wanted them to take the game to the fifth day; Anything 20-30 runs is possible,” Rohit said. “The lower order fought really well and showed the top order that you need to fight through it. It is the first game in the series. I hope people can learn from this.