Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on 97 for the first wicket before the former pulled the ball down the throat of Sam Curaan at fine leg for a hard-fought 36. Rohit's dismissal triggered a collapse and India were reduced to 112 for 4 in a span of six overs.
Former India batsman VVS Laxman believes that Rohit lost his concentration after a close run-out call prior to his dismissal, which is what eventually led to his downfall.
"The pull shot is one of the most productive ones for Rohit Sharma. He does not get into a conventional position, which is why a majority of his pull shots end up going in the air. I just feel the concentration lapse would have happened because of that run-out chance," Laxman said on ESPNCricinfo.
"And, since that morning session started, there were at least two or three misunderstandings between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. So maybe, lack of focus led him to play that shot. But when you can pull like the way Rohit Sharma does, you have to back your natural instincts… Unfortunately, he just holed out to the fielder in the deep."
This is not the first time Rohit has been dismissed after getting off to starts. It happened in Brisbane and more recently in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, where he was dismissed in his 30s in both innings.
Laxman is not too concerned about it and feels that the India opener will soon convert his starts to big scores.
"It happened in Brisbane. He was looking to capitalise on the wonderful foundation he and Shubman Gill laid when they were chasing that target. We saw that in both innings of the World Test Championship (WTC) final. He did all the hard work when the conditions were suitable for the New Zealand bowlers and then played at a ball that was wide outside the off stump," the former India batsman added.
"In the second innings, he got out leaving a ball, which he was supposed to play. It can be termed as a pattern. Having said that, Rohit Sharma will be pleased with the way he applied himself. He wants to prove that he is a more than capable batsman in overseas conditions. 'I think he will definitely convert these starts to big scores in the coming innings."