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I am expecting a big score in the second Test match from Rohit Sharma: Brad Hogg

February 11, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Brad Hogg has reckoned that Rohit Sharma is a phenomenal batsman and expects him to score big in the 2nd match. Despite his poor performance in Test cricket, Hogg doesn't see Sharma getting dropped from the team ahead of the second Test. India's opening batsman has been struggling to convert his starts into big scores. 

Rohit Sharma had slammed centuries in each innings in his debut as an opening batsman in Tests against South Africa. Sharma has only managed to score a half-century in his last seven innings in the most extended format. His current form has raised doubts whether Mayank Agarwal should replace the 33-year-old in the upcoming second Test against England.

Rohit needs to show patience and not go after deliveries outside the off-stump: Brad Hogg

In a recent interview, Brad Hogg stated that Rohit Sharma had a great 2019 home season as an opening batsman. The 49-year-old also believes that the management cannot keep Rohit down for a more extended period. Brad Hogg also pointed out how the Mumbaikar can stop his poor form and counter the likes of Jofra Archer and James Anderson in the second Test at Chepauk. Hogg also indicated that Rohit plays the ball away from his body, which led to his dismissal in the first innings. The former chinaman felt that Rohit Sharma requires to show patience at the beginning and wait for the shine of the ball to diminish.

Additionally, Hogg opined Rohit Sharma should amend his footwork against the spinner a bit after he fell to Jack Leach in the second innings of the first Test. India will now have a task in hand to stop England from winning the next match. The second Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium begins from Saturday, February 13. Chasing a massive 420-run target, the hosts were bundled out for 192 runs. Captain Virat Kohli scored the highest 72 runs for his side. He was the lone warrior fighting for the team when the wickets were falling at the other end. On the other end, Joe Root and Co. played some top-class cricket to defeat India in the first Test by a massive margin of 227 runs. In-form England skipper Joe Root's excellent performance against India continues as he now has aggregated 1,679 runs in 17 matches. 

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Written By,

Payel Gosh