Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar lavished praise on Rohit Sharma and his partner Cheteshwar Pujara after the duo put India in a strong position at the end of Day 3 of the Oval Test against England.
Rohit and Pujara combined to build a 153-run partnership for the second wicket which took India past the 100-run lead. It was a crucial partnership at the juncture as the visitors had just lost KL Rahul with the team still trailing by 16 runs.
Speaking about their alliance, Sachin Tendulkar felt that 34-year-old Rohit has taken his batting a notch higher in the series.
“A solid partnership between @ImRo45 & @cheteshwar1 yesterday. Like I had said earlier, Rohit has taken his batting a notch higher in this series & has looked amongst the most comfortable batsmen at the crease. And with Pujara, I have always believed in him to come good,” Tendulkar wrote on his Twitter account.
Rohit Sharma reveals his thought process during his 127-run knock
On Saturday, Rohit had the responsibility of ensuring India doesn’t collapse as they did in the third Test. Therefore, he cautiously played out the first hour of the morning on Day 3 before launching a scathing attack. At the virtual press conference after the day’s play, Rohit revealed how he went about his knock.
“The first goal was to play balls, see how I can stay on the pitch for as long as possible because we do know that things start to get easier when you spend time in the middle when you see what the bowlers are doing and get the hand of it and get the feel of the entire situation. Spending time in the middle was the biggest takeaway for me in the four-Test matches,” he said.
Rohit Sharma brought up his first overseas hundred and his eighth overall when he launched Moeen Ali over long-on for a six.