India skipper Rohit Sharma is on cloud nine at the moment and he has every reason to be.
This is because his team has been doing everything as per plan that has led to two back-to-back wins in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Furthermore, Rohit has talked about how important the partnerships in the lower-middle order has helped the team twice.
In the post-match press conference, Rohit said,
I mean fantastic result for us, looking at how things were yesterday. How we came back and finished the job was a great effort from the bowlers Even though the deficit was just one run, I felt we were very much behind; we had to bat last. I mean on a pitch like that, you have to come out and try to do different things.
Adding further, Rohit said,
We knew they were going to come and play shots. For us, it was about not panicking and we had to hit those areas rather than panicking. I’ve seen them bowl enough and take wickets in these kinds of conditions. We had discussed some things in the morning that we had to do, and that worked for us.
Rohit lauds the efforts put in by the lower-middle order
Moreover, Rohit did not shy away from praising the efforts put in by the lower-order batters in the second Test.
He said that the partnerships between the batters was the crucial key for India winning both the Tests against Australia.
Look, every game you play here there is some moisture and what I notice in three days is it has a lot to offer in the first session. Then the pitch gets slower and slower and there is not enough bite in the pitch- it’s something we focused on.
Talking about the contributions of the lower-middle order Rohit says,
When you play Test cricket, there are a lot of [big] moments, but I thought the partnership between Virat and Jadeja and Axar and Ash… to get that hundred partnership was never going to be easy. Even then, we knew we had to bowl well and restrict them to as low as possible.
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