ENGvsIND: Rohit Sharma will score his first overseas ton in England says, Michael Vaughan.
ENGvsIND: Former English captain Michael Vaughan heaped praise on India’s senior opening batsman Rohit Sharma and feels it’s just a matter of time before Sharma gets his maiden overseas test hundred in ongoing India vs England five matches test series.
Vaughan reckons that the batsman has all the techniques and temperament to clutter the negatives and move forward with the positives.
Sharma played his 3rd test match in England as an opener and played sensational cricket. The cricketer fell just 17 short of his well deserved overseas maiden test century at the Home of Cricket Lords.
India’s limited-overs vice-captain respected the conditions in the initial overs and started to get in the groove as the game progressed. He scored 83 runs in 145 balls which consisted of 12 boundaries and a six.
“He was the aggressor in that partnership. I don’t know how Rohit Sharma hasn’t got an overseas hundred. I was in a commentary today and the producer was in my ear, saying he’s getting close to his first hundred outside India and I was like, ‘What? How has he never got a hundred overseas?!’. But, it’s only a matter of time. I’m sure he’ll tick that box at some stage throughout this series. He seems to have all the time in the world to play the strokes, leave the ball and get out of the way of any kind of short delivery. He’s in fine form,” said Michael Vaughan speaking at Cricbuzz after the stumps on day 1.
India were powered to a blistering start by the openers as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul plundered 126 runs partnership. This was India’s first-ever 100 runs test opening partnership in SENA countries since 2010.
KL Rahul played the second fiddle when Rohit was scoring the runs while went on to take the strike as soon as the latter was dismissed by James Anderson. Rahul is still unbeaten at 127 runs and will continue where he left on day 1.
Vaughan, who did not get tired of praising the Indian openers, further said that the opening partnership between Rohit and KL is making a huge difference in the match between India and England.
India got off to a good start in the first game also, where both the openers stitched a crucial 97 runs partnership.
“I think that the opening partnership, it may be the difference (between the two teams). If you look at England’s opening partnership at Nottingham, it’s under huge amount of pressure here at Lord’s. The Rohit Sharma-KL Rahul partnership worked at Nottingham, it’s now working at Lord’s in testing conditions. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t that the ball was doing nothing, it was doing plenty. And even at the end of the day the ball was offering something for the seamers. India have had a crackerjack of a day,” added Michael Vaughan.