“Only in the team to increase average weight” – Twitterati slams Rohit Sharma after yet another failure

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma couldn’t make the most of a beautiful batting surface at the Chepauk, as he was dismissed by Jofra Archer for just six runs.

Trailing by 578 runs after England’s first innings, Team India were hoping for their star opener to make a big score.

Rohit Sharma started well, scoring a boundary off Archer’s bowling. However, in the same over, the England speedster extracted extra bounce from the surface.

The right-handed batsman could only manage a needless poke and edged one straight to Jos Buttler, who gleefully accepted the catch.

The England team were ecstatic as they knew the importance of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. However, in the past seven innings, the 33-year-old has scored just a solitary fifty.

Ever since his double century against South Africa at Ranchi in 2019, Rohit Sharma has not quite hit his straps as a Test opener. There were also instances in Australia where he threw his wicket away after getting off to a decent start.

Thus, many fans were livid with Rohit Sharma for not performing even on a batting-friendly wicket. They expressed their disappointment by taking to Twitter and this is what they had to say:

England’s batsmen wore down the Indian bowlers for more than two days, as they made their intentions clear of wanting to bat just once in the first Test in Chennai.

Joe Root’s double hundred coupled with useful contributions from Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes helped the visitors reach a humongous total of 578.

India would have wanted a solid start, but have lost both their openers. The hosts will now be hoping that experienced batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane can play marathon knocks to get them close to England’s first-innings total.

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