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“Rohit’s time is over…,” the former England opener made a big claim ahead of the second Test

“Rohit's time is over...,” the former England opener made a big claim ahead of the second Test

A five-match Test series will be played between India and England. In the first match of this series, visiting England defeated the Indian team by 28 runs. Now the second Test match of the series will be played in Visakhapatnam from February 2. Ahead of this game, the former England opening batsman made a big claim. The former England legend believes India captain Rohit Sharma’s time is over. He also said that England had a golden chance of winning the series.

Notably, the Indian team was in a strong position in the first innings of the first Test of the five-match series, but England countered with bat and ball in the second innings and won by 28 runs. However, former England opener Geoffrey Boycott believes the Indian team missed Virat Kohli in the first Test.

In Kohli’s absence, the responsibility of strengthening India’s batting power fell on the shoulders of Rohit Sharma. However, the Indian captain could only score 24 and 39 runs in both innings. The Indian team was aiming for 231 runs to win and was conceded 202 runs on the fourth day of play.

Boycott believes England have a golden opportunity to achieve victory on Indian soil after 12 years. In his column for The Daily Telegraph he wrote: “England have a unique chance to become the first team in the last 12 years to defeat India on their own soil. India is missing Virat Kohli badly and Ravindra Jadeja is missing with a hamstring injury and will not play the second Test. Their captain Rohit Sharma is almost 37 years old and is past his prime in the game. He plays effective short innings at times but has only scored two Test centuries at home in four years. They were able to score. Their team is also weak in fielding. They dropped Ollie Pope’s catch at a score of 110 runs, causing them to lose 86 runs and lose the match.”

The spin trio Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel seemed ineffective in the second innings. In favorable conditions for the spinners, the English batsmen made excellent use of the sweep and reverse sweep against them. Boycott said that England was troubling India with their sweeps and reverse sweeps. It was shocking for the Indian team to lose after a lead of 190 runs. This had never happened to them on home pitches where they thought they were invincible.

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