Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has voiced his criticism of Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s performance in the second Test against England. After Rohit managed just 14 runs off 41 deliveries in the first innings, falling to debutant Shoaib Bashir without hitting a single boundary, Pietersen expressed disappointment at Rohit’s missed opportunity on a pitch that offered plenty to batsmen.
Pietersen remarked, “It doesn’t matter who you get out to, you can get out to anybody. I think he’d be kicking himself because there were plenty of runs to be had here. On this wicket, against a very young and inexperienced bowling attack, he will be looking at his dismissal and thinking, ‘How on earth did I get myself out here?'”
Commenting further on Rohit’s dismissal, Pietersen described it as “quite lazy,” noting that there was a lack of urgency in the shot that led to his downfall. Despite Rohit’s 63 runs in the first Test, his underwhelming performance in Vizag has raised questions about his form leading into the second innings of the second Test.
“That (the dismissal) was quite lazy,” Pietersen criticized. “There was no urgency in what led to the dismissal. There was no urgency to try and get off the strike. These guys are expansive from ball one in T20 cricket, they play so beautifully. We have not seen huge spin, massive bounce, or anything that should pose any fear in the batter’s mind.”
Looking ahead, Pietersen expressed confidence in Rohit’s ability to bounce back but emphasized the need for a more proactive approach. As India prepares for the second innings of the Test, all eyes will be on Rohit to deliver a stronger performance and silence his critics.