The Indian team registered one of the most comprehensive victories against England at the Oval in London after being bowled out for 78 in Headingly. This was a superb show of team effort and credit to the bowlers of the visiting team who managed to take 20 wickets at a pitch which had very little to offer.
The Indian team looked quite behind after getting trailed by England by 100 runs before their 2nd innings. However, with the help of Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock of 127 and half-centuries by Pujara, Pant and Shardul Thakur, the hosts were given a massive target of 367 runs.
Rohit was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his superb show of technique and resilience. The opener could not field for the Indian team on the last two days because of his Knee injury. When asked about the same, he told it to be not to bad but constant care was due.
Here is his complete speech at the Post Match Presentation:
” I wanted to be on the field as much as I could. That hundred was special. We know how important was the second innings. Virat just mentioned the effort from the batsmen, and as a unit it was really important. It’s my first overseas hundred. Really glad that I could get the team into an important position. The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit so we kept our heads down and batted the situation.
Once we got the lead, we just wanted to put pressure on the bowlers. I try to contribute for the team, it’s important for me. I know the importance of opening the innings. I am glad I could make it count. It’s always important to embrace the challenge, it’s not going to be easy. Back in Durham we had time off to look at our training and technique and after the World Test Championship final we had 20-25 days, that was a real game-changer.” – Said Rohit
On his Injury:
“Looks (his injury) good at the moment, the message from the physio is that we got to assess every minute.”
The Indian team is leading the series with 2-1 and would like to win the final test too which will start from 10th September in Manchester.