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Lot of batters got starts but couldn't get big scores: Rohit Sharma

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Last updated on 05 Feb 2024 | 09:31 AM
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Lot of batters got starts but couldn't get big scores: Rohit Sharma

Jaiswal slammed 209 in the first innings, while Gill scored 104 in the second, but none of the other Indian batters went past 50

India won the second Test by 106 runs and levelled the series 1-1 but skipper Rohit Sharma wasn’t too pleased with his batting unit. Yashasvi Jaiswal slammed 209 in the first innings, while Shubman Gill scored 104 in the second, but none of the other batters went past 50.

All of the top-eight Indian batters got into the double digits in the first innings but Jaiswal was the only one to go past the 34-run mark. Meanwhile, Gill got a hundred in the second essay, however, there were five batters who got out for scored between 13 to 45.

"The wicket was really good to bat on. That's where, if I have to point anything, a lot of the batters got the start, but didn't convert into a big score, and (that's) something that we really need to look into," said Rohit after the game.

"But, again, having said that, I do understand they're very young, and they're very new to this form of the game. So obviously, it will take some time for us. It's important from our side to give them confidence, and this win, obviously, will give them a lot of confidence, and (tell them) just to go out there and play freely."

Rohit was happy with how the young team stepped up after losing the first Test in Hyderabad. "Very, very proud of such a young squad in terms of the Test matches that they've played. To come up against a team like that, (who) won the first Test match, and then to come out and play like that for us, it's very, very positive," he said.

"Like I said, a lot of the guys are quite young in terms of playing this form of the game for us. So it'll take some time, obviously, to be absolutely spot on, but you've got to give it to them. They need a little more time, little more freedom as well. And that is something that we are constantly talking in the changing room that we want these guys to have some time in the middle, go and play freely without any pressure."

Talking about Jaiswal, Rohit said: “ He looks like a good player, understands his game really well. Long way to go for him, has got a lot to offer for our team. Hope he stays humble.”

Jaiswal and Gill did all the scoring for India but it was Jasprit Bumrah who was named Player of the Match. The ace paceman claimed nine wickets in the match, including six in the first essay.

“He is a champion player for us. When you win a game like that, you have to look at the overall performance as well. We were good with the bat. You know winning a Test in these conditions is not easy. Wanted our bowlers to step up and they did that,” said Rohit.

This win wouldn’t have been possible without Jaiswal’s double ton in the first innings. It was because of him India got to 396, with him scoring more than 52 percent of the total runs. “Wonderful feeling, really enjoyed the game. One of the best moments to win a game for your country,” said Jaiswal.

“There was a bit of crack and there was some seam movement, so it was a bit hard to play in the fourth innings. (In the second innings) my intent was the same, I wanted to play out the new ball and build my innings.”

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