Things haven’t really gone well for India captain Rohit Sharma in the ongoing Test series against England. The veteran batsman is under immense pressure after India’s loss in the first Test and his inability to lead the team from the front.
In the first Test in Hyderabad, he recorded scores of 24 and 39 as India lost the game by 28 runs despite taking a huge lead of 190 runs after the first innings. The defeat made Rohit Sharma the first Indian captain to lose a Test at home after taking a lead of over 100 runs. He also became the first Indian captain to lose a Test in Hyderabad.
He faced severe criticism for his batting and captaincy in the first Test and would have been desperate to turn things around in the ongoing second Test in Vishakhapatnam. However, the right-handed batsman could only score 14 off 41 balls before being dismissed by debutant Shoaib Bashir.
The failure with the bat has only increased the pressure on Rohit Sharma. And the Indian captain could face further criticism for abusing his teammates on the field on the second day of the ongoing Test. In a clip that went viral on social media, Rohit Sharma could be heard using derogatory language towards his teammates while he apparently warned them not to be casual on the field.
“Anyone wandering around the garden will fuck everyone,” said Rohit Sharma.
Watch Rohit Sharma abuse his teammates:
Ch0d dunga because anyone wanders through the garden, everyone ch0d dunga 😭😭pic.twitter.com/HiVwQ6s2ZF
– B… (@PackedBishh) February 3, 2024
Talking about the ongoing game, India scored 396 runs in the first innings after Rohit won the toss and opted to bat first. Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal starred with the bat, scoring 209 runs off 290 balls. No other player could even reach the 40-run mark as Jaiswal scored more than 50 per cent of the team’s score.
For England, James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed got 3 wickets each. In response, England got off to a solid start and scored 114 for 1 before losing 4 wickets in no time. At the time of writing, they were at 167 for 5 with Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes at the crease.