Rohit Sharma hurt a lot as he lost his wicket after getting set: Zaheer Khan

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Former cricketer Zaheer Khan has said that Rohit Sharma‘s dismissal in India’s first innings of the Sydney Test would have disappointed him a lot as he had earlier got his eye in and should have gone on to play a solid knock.

Rohit Sharma scoring 26 runs being involved in a 70-run partnership with Shubman Gill for the first wicket lastly he was caught and bowled by Josh Hazlewood.

During a conference on the Sony Sports network, Zaheer Khan was asked if Rohit Sharma had looked relaxed in the middle, although he was playing Test cricket after a long time. Sharma had stitched an effective partnership with Shubman Gill up unless his dismissal.

The former left-arm pacemaker replied by saying that the Indian vice-captain was expected to look good as long as his experience. Zaheer Khan added that Shubman Gill deserves more praise for the promising start he has made to his career and the self-possession he has displayed.

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“He has so much experience that if he is ready and playing, he will look comfortable. Yes, Shubman Gill is a young player who has just started his journey in international cricket, he has shown very good progress and temperament,” said Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan praised Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill for laying a strong platform for the Indian innings, something both sides had failed to do so far in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

“He definitely got the support of Rohit. We have not seen the opening partnerships from both teams. So you can say that is a positive,” added Khan

Zaheer Khan mentioned that Rohit Sharma will be unhappy to have gotten rejected after having successfully talk about the threat of the new ball.

“But somewhere or the other, Rohit Sharma will be thinking that he had played out the difficult period and done the hard work by playing out the new ball, so any batsman, especially if you are someone like Rohit Sharma, it will hurt him a lot,” said Khan

He (Zaheer Khan) also added that Rohit Sharma would be even more unhappy with the approach of his removal as it was not a wicket-taking delivery.

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“If you have lost your wicket after getting set, it hurts more. If you come at the start and get out, the batsman doesn’t feel that sad but when you get out after setting a platform like this and especially the way he got out caught and bowled, you don’t want to get out that way,” added Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan was gestural off by stating that Rohit Sharma would not have felt sinful if he had got out to an unplayable delivery, which was not the case here.

“It’s okay if you get a good ball and go back to the dressing room and say that it was a good ball and he couldn’t do anything. He was batting well and I felt he will definitely score so that he will be more upset,” concluded Khan

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