Legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar slams Rohit Sharma and expressed his disappointment over the decision of not giving the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin early on in the first session of Day 2 in the 3rd Test against Australia.
Sunil Gavaskar Slams Rohit Sharma
During the Australia tour of India 2023, both teams are scheduled to play 4 Tests and 3 ODI. The 4 Test match will play a crucial role in India’s qualification for the grand WTC 2021-23 final.
Winning the toss India decides to bat first and struggled to make a partnership from the beginning. Gill and Kohli are the only players to cross the 20 runs mark in the first inning. The poor batting performance from the batters leads India to windup their first inning for just 109 runs.
Rohit let Ashwin bowl just minutes before drinks in the first session. With India needing early wickets on Day 2, Gavaskar slammed Rohit for under-utilising Ashwin and putting more focus on the match-ups.
“I don’t understand this too much focus on the match-up thing. Because there were two right-handers in the crease, Ashwin wasn’t brought on till the last over before the drinks break. Because of those match-ups, the two left-armers bowled, then what happened? Who gets the breakthrough? Ravichandran Ashwin.
He gets the wicket of Handscomb. He is a top player, he is going to get wickets, doesn’t matter if it’s a right-hander or a left-hander. He is a great bowler. Ashwin has 450-plus wickets and he should have been given the ball a lot earlier,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports during the lunch break.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 3, 2023
While India leads the 4-match Test series, India needs to win the last Test match against Australia to seal the series victory as well as to secure the WTC 2021-23 Final.
The last Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023 will be played on March 9 in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.