The amazing pulls that Rohit Sharma has against short balls are well known.
India and England will face off in a five-match Test series at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium starting on January 25. Given that both teams are among the best in Test cricket right now, the match promises to be an exciting one. With ace batsman Virat Kohli withdrawing from the series for personal reasons, India skipper Rohit Sharma will be a key member of the batting squad.
Fast bowler Mark Wood of England is meticulously preparing ahead of the series to come up with a strategy to remove the Indian captain. Before the first Test, Wood acknowledged Rohit’s strength against the short ball but said he would put him to the test when it was appropriate with the bouncers.
“I know how good Rohit is with the short ball; I need someone like him.” That is not to say that I would never bowl a bouncer. It simply means that I’ll need to bowl when it’s appropriate and be incredibly accurate with it,” Wood was cited by NDTV.
Notably, in the second innings of the Lord’s Test in 2021, Rohit Sharma was removed by Mark Wood for a short ball. With two hundreds and three fifties to his credit, the Nagpur-born batsman has an incredible record versus England, scoring 747 runs from 17 innings at an average of 49.80. With an average of 66.73 in 36 home innings while batting, the opening batsman in India is a beast, having amassed 2002 runs.
Speaking ahead of time, Wood added that while the team is aware of the difficulties in India, they will draw motivation from their 3-0 victory over Pakistan in a road game in December 2022.
“We are conscious of these challenges. India doesn’t lose many games at home. I think of it as kind of like a free hit where we can come in and do something different. We were the first team in Pakistani history to win all of our games till recently. So, this is another chance to create history and try to overcome India in their own conditions,” he went on.
Ben Stokes is the captain of England, and they have not yet lost a series.
The last team to defeat India at home was England, led by Alastair Cook, who triumphed 2-1 over MS Dhoni and company in 2012. The Three Lions, led by captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, have won every series they have played in because to their effective use of the “Bazball” style of play.
But in the next series, which will be critical for both teams with significant World Test Championship points at stake, they will face their hardest test against the Indian spin assault.