England’s batsmen may have found Motera Pitch difficult and challenging, but Indian opener Rohit Sharma called the pitch as ‘interesting but normal’ and said that more than playing wickets on it It was necessary to have the intention of scoring runs.
The senior opener played the only half-century of the match for India, while the home team’s spinners took 19 wickets. The English batsmen were dodged by the straight balls of Axar Patel, who were ‘skidding’ straight instead of taking a turn.
Rohit said in the virtual conference after the end of the match, ‘When you play on such a pitch, you should have the intention and you should also try to score runs. You can’t just block. As you saw that some ball was also taking a turn and when you played for the turn, some ball was also sliding towards the stump. Rohit Sharma feels that he was two steps ahead of the England bowlers during the 66-run innings.
You need to stay a little ahead and try to find ways to score runs. My desire was not just to stick but also to try to score runs which also included respecting good balls. That’s all I tried to do. ‘
Rohit Sharma, Indian batsman
He said that the strategy of putting the ball on the stumps of Axar Patel proved to be effective. He said, ‘Axar bowled amazingly. Suddenly coming into the team and performing in this way is not easy. He was injured but returned to Chennai to perform well. Here he bowled directly on the stump, which was not easy for the batsmen to play.
Rohit described the pitch of the second Test on Chepauk (Chennai Test Match) as more challenging. He said, ‘In the second Test, the ball was taking more turn than here. The pitch was more challenging but Ashwin (Ravichandran Ashwin) scored a century and Virat Kohli also scored a half-century. So you can score runs by sticking to your basics.
Rohit admitted that the spinners would have to work hard to play with the pink ball test. He said, ‘We have to work on it. Most of the batsmen were out on a straight ball. ‘