Rohit Sharma slammed for cheaply throwing his wicket away while India were struggling

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The batsman got lucky, hitting a six in the previous ball off Nathan Lyon that just touched the ropes, and tried to replicate the shot in the very next ball, instead holing out to the fielder at deep square leg.

Rohit Sharma skies one to Marcus Harris to end his innings in an unceremonious fashion

Rohit Sharma might be one of the best white-ball batsmen in world cricket, but his struggles in the oldest and longest format of the game continue to shadow his reputation.

Sharma was in doubt to be even selected for the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, and didn’t have his place in the side until it was confirmed in the morning of day one.

When he walked to the crease at 4-41 his team was in some serious trouble. The Aussie quicks had torn through the top order and India was reeling. Combining with Pujara, Sharma the began to resurrect the innings and worked his way to a well-made 37. That included three sixes – one of them a superb lofted cover drive off a Pat Cummins fast ball, that was easily the best shot of the day.

Afterwards, he was lucky to get away with one off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, when he swept the off-spinner to the leg-side boundary to be caught by Marcus Harris, who touched down over the rope to hand Sharma the maximum.

Most batsmen would put their head down for the next delivery, having almost been dismissed.

But Sharma shocked viewers when the very next ball he attempted another six, skying the ball to the same deep square leg area where Harris easily caught it this time – departing at 5/86.

When India’s one-of-the-best in white ball cricket threw his wicket away when it came to working with the red ball, Indian fans took to social media to vent their frustration at him. Sharma’s spot in the side will undoubtedly be under serious pressure for the second Test after that ugly shot.

Take a look at the following Twitter reactions:

India ended the day at 250/9 after a huge top-order collapse. Cheteshwar Pujara (123) scored almost half of the team total all by himself, and provided a great example to the rest of the Indian batsmen, on how they should have approached the art in the moving Australian conditions.

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