Former left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha praised Indian captain Rohit Sharma for permitting his associate Shikhar Dhawan time to settle in throughout the first ODI towards England on Tuesday in London.
Due to Jasprit Bumrah’s career-best figures of 6 for 19, the Males in Blue solely wanted to chase 111 for victory. Dhawan, nevertheless, appeared rusty and Rohit thus determined to play the aggressor within the partnership.
The Indian captain, who himself was in need of runs heading into this match at The Oval, remained unbeaten on a stroke-filled 76 off 58 balls. On the different finish, Dhawan helped himself to 31 not out in 54 balls.
India raced to victory in 18.4 overs, thus taking a major 1-0 lead within the three-match collection. Talking after the thumping win, Ojha shared his views on yet one more century partnership between Rohit and Dhawan.
He informed Cricbuzz:
“Rohit Sharma understood that Shikhar Dhawan was making a comeback of types (Dhawan solely performs ODIs for India now). Dhawan wanted a while and this was the right platform for him. There weren’t many runs to get and the complete 50 overs to play. Rohit gave him time.
“It was virtually like match follow or match simulation for Dhawan. Rohit simply did the job that was anticipated of him.”
Terming the Dhawan-Rohit pair as extremely priceless, former India left-arm seamer RP Singh added that the floor wasn’t simple to bat on within the second innings as effectively.
He praised the Indian captain for taking management of the proceedings. Singh mentioned:
“The Dhawan-Rohit pair is extremely priceless. Even when we take a look at right this moment’s partnership, the wicket wasn’t simple to bat on. The ball was seaming. The bowlers had been bowling in the proper areas. Dhawan was not in his regular circulation, so Rohit took cost of scoring and allowed Dhawan to settle in.”
The Indian openers featured of their 18th century stand in one-dayers on Tuesday. Whereas Rohit smashed six fours and 5 sixes, Dhawan’s subdued knock included 4 boundaries.
Dravid could have informed the openers to take their time: Ojha
In the course of the dialogue, Ojha additionally shared an attention-grabbing anecdote about India’s head coach Rahul Dravid. He revealed that the Indian legend used to view one-day matches in England as follow for Checks to be performed within the nation.
Explaining how Dravid’s thought course of may have impacted Rohit and Dhawan within the first ODI, Ojha mentioned:
“Dravid, who’s now the coach, could have informed the identical to the openers. It might be due to the recommendation to get some follow that the Indian openers didn’t look in any hurry and had been taking their time.”
Having claimed a 1-0 lead, India will look to seal the three-match collection after they face England at Lord’s on Thursday (July 14).
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