Rohit Sharma on winning 4th Test against England at Ranchi

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (image: BCCI)

The Indian captain Rohit Sharma was happy and lauded the youngsters on securing the victory in the England tour of India 2024 after winning the fourth test at Ranchi.

Rohit Sharma on winning 4th Test vs England

India secured the home series against England after winning the fourth test by 5 wickets. Dhruv Jurel was named as the Player of the match for his heroic deeds with his bat in the match.

Batting first England scored 353 runs in the first innings of the match while India scored 219 runs for 7 wickets by the end of day 02.

Batting first, England struggled after losing 5 wickets for 112 runs before the lunch break of day 01. Akash Deep who made his test debut, dismissed England top order batters to create havoc in the batting line-up.

But soon the visitors got back into the competition after Joe Root smashed his 31st test century on day 01 of the fourth test. His century brought back England to score 302 runs losing 6 wickets by the end of the day 01.

He becomes the first-ever batter to score 10 test centuries against India. While resuming the match on day 02, England concluded their first innings after scoring 353 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja had a four-wicket haul while Akash Deep picked three wickets. Siraj bowled 18 overs to pick 2 wickets.

India started their first innings when Rohit Sharma was dismissed by James Anderson in the third over. India scored 34 runs losing one wicket before the lunch break on day 02.

Shubman Gill was sent back after scoring 38 runs in the first innings at Ranchi. With the middle order dismissed at regular intervals, Dhruv Jurel concluded the day standing unbeaten with 30 runs in the match.

Kuldeep Yadav was with 17* runs at the end of day 02 India finally scored 307 runs in the first innings.

England scored 145 runs in the second inning whereas India needed 192 runs to win the match. Zak Crawley was the only scorer to cross fifty and Jonny Bairstow scored 30 runs in the second innings. Ravichandran Ashwin had a five-wicket haul in the second innings and helped the side.

In the second innings, after the dismissal of Yashasvi, India struggled against England bowlers as they went from 84/1 to 120/5. Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel joined forces to lead the side to victory.

While speaking in the post-conference match Rohit Sharma said, “It has been a very hard-fought series without a doubt and to come on the right side of it at the end of four Test matches feels really good.”

“Really proud of everyone in the dressing room. They were a lot of challenges thrown at us but I thought we responded pretty well.

“We had different challenges in different Test matches and I thought we were quite composed in what we wanted to achieve and what we wanted to do on the field, very happy.”

“Clearly tells me they (youngsters) want to be here, all the hard work they have done in the past, coming up playing domestic cricket and performing there, coming here it is a big challenge but when I look at them, talk to them and the responses that I get from them is quite encouraging.”

“My job and Rahul Bhai’s job is to give them the environment they want to be in and they don’t feel too much about going out there and getting the job done, they want to get the job done but there’s no point to keep talking about it or reminding them about it because they are very clear in what they want to do.”

“Jurel playing his second Test showed solid composure, calmness and he’s got the shots as well to play all around the wicket. In the first innings 90 of his was very crucial for us to get close to that England’s total and again in the second innings showed lot of maturity, and composure along with Gill.”

“It is not pleasing when you miss your key players, but you can do nothing as a group. Those guys (Kohli and Co.) are proven players in every condition and to come in and fill their shoes was not easy for these guys.”

“There was pressure from the outside not inside but I thought they responded very well to all the situations. When you make a mark like that, it holds you in good position to have a long career.”

Performances like this will motivate them and make sure whenever the opportunity comes they are ready for it. We turn up for every Test wanting to win no matter what has happened in the past.”

“Obviously this has been a great series but we want to make sure we turn up for that (Dharamsala Test) game and put our best foot forward.

“Some of these guys were not used to playing a 5-match series but they have showed a lot of calmness and composure. I am confident we will put up the same show as the last three Test matches,” he concluded.

India and England will be playing their fifth and final match of the test series starting March 07 at HPCA Stadium.