Rohit Sharma Rues Missed Chances And Poor Batting Display After Losing The 2nd ODI Against England

Rohit Sharma lamented India’s missed chances in the field as England posted a total of 246 runs on the board in the 2nd ODI at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Reece Topley bagged a 6-for as the hosts hammered the Men in Blue by 100 runs to level the series 1-1.

After a thumping 10-wicket victory over England in the first ODI where the hosts could manage only 110 runs, India witnessed a reality check as the hosts bounced back to hammer the tourists by 100 runs in the second ODI. Though the Indian bowlers did a fine job in the second ODI too restricting the hosts to 246, the batters, especially the top order disappointed thoroughly.

Reece Topley took six wickets for England (Image: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma Admitted India Didn’t Bat Well In The 2nd ODI

Rohit Sharma, India skipper, was quick to point out what all went wrong for his side at Lord’s on Thursday. The Indian team headed into the contest as the favourites. After Jasprit Bumrah‘s special show at the Oval, it was Yuzvendra Chahal who weaved his magic with the ball, picking a 4-wicket-haul in the second ODI.

Some fumbling moments in the field from the Men in Blue saw England manage to put a fine total of 246 runs on the board. Particularly, there was a dropped catch of David Willey by Prasidh Krishna that cost India big.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma rued the opportunities India squandered on the field, letting England post a decent total on a challenging wicket.

“We bowled pretty well to start with. They had a partnership in the middle with Moeen and Willey. By no means that target wasn’t chaseable but we didn’t bat well. Have to take catches, something we’ve been talking about a lot. All in all, we bowled pretty well. Took me by surprise (the pitch). Thought the pitch will get better and better,” he said.

With the bat, however, India simply failed to show up. Rohit Sharma’s men found themselves 4 down for just 31 runs. Rohit Sharma himself incurred a 10-ball duck while Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli scored 9 and 16 respectively. Rishabh Pant also departed without opening his account.

The middle and lower-middle order tried to put up a fight but could only manage to put 146 runs on the board as Reece Topley’s 6-for wreaked havoc in the middle.

Rohit Sharma: India Has To Ensure One Of The Top Order Batters Bats Along The 3rd ODI, Which Is Going To Be An Exciting One

With the final match of the series now scheduled to take place in Manchester, Rohit Sharma is anticipating an enthralling contest between the two sides who have one win each so far.

“Playing against a team like that, you need to get your five best bowlers and allrounder. Leaves a long tail. So have to ensure as a top-order, one of the guys bats long. Going to be an exciting one (in Manchester). Have to look at what we need to do better. Have to look at the conditions there and adapt,” he concluded.

India vs England
India vs England Image Credit: Twitter

India and England will be eyeing a series win when they face each other in the 3rd ODI at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Sunday (July 17). India had won the first ODI at the Oval by 10 wickets and England drew level with a 100-run win at the Lord’s.

So, the series is set for a mouth-watering finale at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on Sunday with both the teams looking sharp and hungry over the two matches. India has played 11 ODIs at Manchester and they have won 5 matches and lost the remaining 6 matches. On the other hand, England has played 42 ODIs at this venue and won 27 matches. They lost 14 ODIs while 1 match was abandoned.

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