Border Gavaskar Trophy: Rohit Sharma joked during the post-match press conference of the Nagpur Test while speaking about rotating his spinners.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 11, 2023 16:54 IST
Nagpur Test: Rohit jokes about juggling between Ashwin, Jadeja after IND beat AUS. Courtesy: AP
By India Today Web Desk: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma showed his humorous self in the post-match press conference while speaking about rotating his three spinners, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel in the opening Test against Australia at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur.
On Saturday, January 11, India beat Australia by an innings and 132 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. Ashwin and Jadeja were in the thick of things after they picked up a five-wicket haul apiece to break the backbone of the Australian batting unit.
Rohit, who became the first Indian skipper to score hundreds in all three formats, jokingly said how both Ashwin and Jadeja wanted to bowl to reach their respective milestones.
“It’s really tough (juggling Ashwin, Jadeja and Axar). They are reaching their milestones. Ravindra Jadeja was telling me that he is on 249 wickets. He is telling me ‘mereko ball dedo’. Ashwin was on 4 wickets, he was closer to a 5-wicket haul. He was saying, ‘I want to bowl yaar’. That’s the challenge I am facing at the moment with these guys.
“I really don’t know too much about the milestones. But these guys are quite aware of it. That’s the challenge of captaining them, rather than giving them which end or not,” Rohit was quoted as saying.
“All these 3 guys are quality bowlers. Whichever end is more helpful, all the spinners want to bowl from that end. That’s obvious. But the pressure is on me, to find the right end for the right one,” he stated.
Rohit, who scored 120 in the first innings and helped India take a 223-run lead, talked about match-ups and how he used his spin resources to good effect.
“It’s a challenge, but I try a little bit of match-ups as well. Ash has a good match-up against left-handers. Not that he can’t get right-handers out, but he has got a great record against left-handers. Ravindra Jadeja and Axar have unbelievable match-ups against right-handers. I try to rotate 3 of them,” Rohit added.
Jadeja won the Player of the Match award after he picked up seven wickets in the match and also scored 70 runs in India’s first innings.
The second Test is scheduled to start on February 17 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. India have never lost a home Test series to the Aussies since 2004.
Feb 11, 2023