Rohit Sharma coming good at top of the order changes everything for Team India: Batting coach Vikram Rathour

first_img India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 18:43 IST Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stabilized Indian innings with their 185-run stand. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage India’s remarkable recoveryIndia batting coach Vikram Rathour praised the duo after the bad light and rain forced early StumpsVikram Rathour also praised South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who struck early for the visitorsRohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane shared an unbeaten 185-run stand to stage India’s remarkable recovery over South Africa in the 2nd session of Day 1 in the Ranchi Test on Saturday.With India reduced to 39 for three, South Africa were looking to put pressure on India but Rohit and Rahane made sure that hosts headed to Lunch without any further hiccups. However, the duo of Rahane and Rohit put the pressure back on the Proteas in the post-lunch session, scoring at over 5 runs per over in the 1st hour of the 2nd session.India batting coach Vikram Rathour praised the duo after the bad light and rain forced early Stumps on an opening day at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.”As I said, they were bowling in good areas and there was some help in the wicket. So, as a batsman, you have to survive during that time, which Rohit did very well,” he said.”He is too good a player to not play all formats. Opening the batting with him was the right decision. And the number of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening) for the time being.”If somebody of his stature starts coming good at the top of the order, that changes everything for the team, even when you are touring. He is such an experienced player; I don’t think you need to tinker with his technique. He just had to make some mental adjustments vis-a-vis his gameplan.”India vs South Africa, 3rd Test Day 1: Highlights | ReportadvertisementCommenting on Rahane’s knock, the former India opener said that the Test deputy showed great intent and looked good in the middle during his unbeaten knock of 83.”Ajinkya showed great intent today. Whenever he bats with this intent, he looks a really good player,” Rathour said.Vikram Rathour also praised South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who struck early for the visitors, by removing opener Mayank Agarwal for 10 and then got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara for 0 in the first session. India batting coach said that Rabada showed why he is rated so high in the world at the moment”Rabada is one of the better bowlers in the world at the moment and today he showed why he is rated so high. He bowled great areas today. And that is what good batters need to do in Test cricket, you need to survive those spells,” he said.India were 224 for three before bad light, followed by rain, forced an early end to play on day one with only six overs possible in the final session.Also Read | Rohit Sharma breaks world record after six-hitting spree in Ranchi Test vs South AfricaAlso Read | Virat Kohli likley to be rested for T20I series against BangladeshAlso Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma joins elite league with 9th hundred in 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Ranchi Test Next Rohit Sharma coming good at top of the order changes everything for Team India: Batting coach Vikram RathourIndia batting coach Vikram Rathour praised both Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane for their heroics on the opening day of the Ranchi Test at the JSCA Stadium on Saturday.advertisementlast_img

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