India vs England 2nd Test; Rohit Sharma cherishes 'most challenging' innings after his gutsy 83


Rohit
was
not
able
to
get
to
the
three-figure
mark
as
he
was
sent
back
to
the
pavilion
by
England
pacer
James
Anderson
in
the
second
session.

“I
wouldn’t
say
the
best
because
as
long
as
you
are
playing.
There
will
be
a
lot
of
opportunities
that
you
will
be
having.
But
yes,
certainly
challenging,
the
most
challenging
innings
I
have
played.
I
felt
very
good,
I
was
happy
with
the
way
we
started
off.
Unfortunate
dismissal
but
I
couldn’t
have
done
anything
to
that,”
said
Rohit
during
the
virtual
press
conference.

Rohit
adopted
a
calm
approach
and
shied
away
from
playing
lofted
shots.
He
smashed
11
fours
and
one
six
during
his
innings.

“Once
you
get
the
feel
of
the
pitch,
once
you
get
the
conditions
then
maybe
you
can
try
and
play
some
shots
but
I
think
it
is
important
to
respect
the
conditions
here.
As
a
batting
group,
we
have
done
reasonably
well
right
from
Australia
tour
till
today,
I
think
batters
now
understand
their
role,”
he
added.

KL
Rahul’s
unbeaten
ton
and
Rohit’s
gutsy
83
helped
India
take
the
upper
hand
against
England
on
the
opening
day
of
the
ongoing
second
Test
here.

At
stumps,
India’s
score
read
276/3
with
Rahul
(127
not
out)
and
Ajinkya
Rahane
(1
not
out)
currently
unbeaten
at
the
crease.
Resuming
the
final
session
at
157/2,
Kohli
and
Rahul
mixed
caution
with
aggression
and
they
kept
on
moving
the
scoreboard,
piling
on
the
pressure
on
the
hosts.

Rahul
brought
up
his
century
in
the
78th
over
of
the
innings
and
he
along
with
the
skipper
kept
the
hosts
at
bay.
After
winning
the
toss,
Joe
Root
made
no
bones
about
the
fact
that
he
wanted
to
make
use
of
the
overcast
conditions
to
put
pressure
on
India.
But
Rohit
and
Rahul
ensured
India
has
a
solid
foundation.



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