“Looking Really Good”, Anil Kumble praises Rohit Over his WI Test Performance

Anil Kumble praises Rohit Sharma's form
Anil Kumble praises Rohit Sharma

Anil Kumble praises Rohit Sharma’s form after he scores a century in the 1st test against the WI series which was played in Windsor Park, Dominica.

Anil Kumble praises Rohit Sharma’s form

Rohit Sharma’s century in the first test of the West Indies tour 2023, had finally put an end to his poor form. Reaching a triple digits score would have a great impact on the confidence of the Indian skipper.

Indian former player Anil Kumble praised him on his century, saying the hitman was never out of form even in WTC and Indian Premier League.

After his century, Anil Kumble chats about the performance of the player. “You saw from Ball 1, the moment he stepped out, he knew he had to play a different kind of an innings, it was not the kind of pitch where the ball was coming onto the bat.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma(Image: BCCI)

Rohit likes the pace, even when the fast bowlers bowled those short deliveries, it was not coming on. He was happy to stay restrained and then, yes, on a couple of occasions, he took on the bowlers and hit them over the top,” Kumble said.

Kumble feels that Rohit didn’t get good scores in WTC and IPL due to his form, saying it may be other reasons. “Yes, wonderful innings, much-needed for Rohit because it was not that he was out of form.

Even in the WTC, he was looking really good, yes, he got out but he was looking good. Even in the IPL, he was looking good every time he went out there. You could make out that when someone is not in form, and he was never like that. I am glad that he could put his head down and get the hundred,” he explained.

India beat West Indies by an innings and 141 runs in the Test series opener and will now meet them in the second Test starting on July 20 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

WI Vs IND 1st Test

West Indies opted to bat first and was folded by India for 150 in their first innings. Athanaze (47) and skipper Braithwaite (20) were the only ones who contributed something to the scoreboard. Ashwin’s five-wicket haul and Ravindra Jadeja’s figures of 3/26 were the ones in bowling charts.

India ended the first day of their first innings with 80/0, with Rohit Sharma (30*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (40*) unbeaten.

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a century on his Test debut and becomes the 17th Indian to register this record. He joins the list of Indians who have scored a century on Test debut with Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma.

Rohit was dismissed for 103 in 221 balls, consisting of 10 fours and two sixes. This ended a 229-run opening stand.

After Rohit’s dismissal, Jaiswal and Virat Kohli had a partnership of 110 runs for the third wicket. Jaiswal was dismissed after scoring 171 in 387 balls, consisting of 16 fours and a six. Kohli missed out on his century, scoring 76 in 182 balls consisting of five boundaries.

India declared their innings at 421/5, with Ravindra Jadeja (37*) and debutant Ishan Kishan (1*) unbeaten.

West Indies once again failed to face the spinners, the Ashwin-Jadeja duo as they took a total of 9 wickets in the second innings. Both all-rounders showcase their skills on their spells, folding out West Indies for just 130 runs.

Ashwin took 7/71 and Jadeja took 2/38. Mohammed Siraj got one wicket. By this victory, India din’t have to play the second innings.  Yashasvi Jaiswal won the ‘Man of the Match’ for his century. India is leading the two-match series 1-0.