Rohit Sharma’s first Test as the captain of the Indian team ended up with a massive innings victory. The Men In Blue executed a near-flawless performance on the back of Ravindra Jadeja’s heroics to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.
The 34-year-old endured a comfortable outing in his first Test as captain, with hardly any fightback from the Sri Lankan side. He was appointed as the captain in the longest format after Virat Kohli stepped down from the post after the tour of South Africa.
Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar heaped praise on Sharma’s maiden match as captain. He rated Sharma’s captaincy an impressive 9.5 out of 10. He said on Star Sports:
“Look at the way he has led the side, the bowling changes, the fielding changes. I think it was absolutely spot on. Even the most dispassionate of observers would give him a 9.5 out of 10. The half is what you always keep aside. But 9.5 out of 10 for Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the Test match,”
While praising Sharma for his timely bowling changes and field placements, he had a minor reservation. Gavaskar felt that Jadeja could have been brought on a bit earlier in the first innings. He added:
“Excellent debut. Because when you win inside three days, it tells you that your team has been superior. But more importantly, when your team was fielding, the bowling changes, the field placement…very impressive. The catches were going to exactly where the fielders were, they didn’t have to move much. So spot on field placements,”
“Even the bowling, you can argue that Jadeja was brought in a bit later in the first innings but that doesn’t matter because the team won with two days to spare. So those are little things that people will bring up.”
India continued their impressive record against Sri Lanka on home soil. They will have a chance to close out the series in the second Test. The final match of the tour will be a day-night contest.
This will mark only the second-ever Test to be played with the pink ball at home. Team India have included Axar Patel for the contest while releasing Kuldeep Yadav from the squad.
The upcoming match will be Team India’s final contest before the commencement of the 15th edition of the IPL. The tournament has been scheduled to begin on March 26.
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