The recently-concluded second Test between India and England produced some astonishing moments on the field at Lord's. It was a roller-coaster match for the fans across the globe as the momentum kept in shifting to either sides like a tug-of-war. In the end, India held their nerves and put on a show to register a comprehensive 151-run win to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
From KL Rahul and Joe Root's fantastic centuries to an exceptional partnership between Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to a fierce war-of-words between Kohli & Anderson, it was undoubtedly a perfect spectacle of Test cricket, with so much passion and emotion involved. Amidst all this, there was one moment which probably went unnoticed during the match.
Rohit Sharma has impressed as a slip fielder in England
Rohit Sharma has impressed everyone with his batting skills in the ongoing Test series so far. The 34-year-old has certainly silenced all the critics who believed that he would struggle against the English pacers in swinging conditions. Hitman has looked one of the most solid batsmen in the series so far and has showed brilliant technique and composure. He played a fiery 83-run knock in the first innings to set a solid platform for others to pounce upon.
However, another aspect of his contribution to Team India so far which has not been talked about much, has been his slip fielding. Rohit Sharma has emerged as one of the safest fielders in the slip cordon for the side, having taken a nice catch to dismiss Sam Curran in the first innings. He has also saved some crucial runs with his diving efforts throughout the series.
Hitman shows his reflexes at second slip
Rohit Sharma did miss an opportunity in the second innings when he dropped Haseeb Hameed early in the innings. But he did redeem himself in the final stages of the match but everyone missed the moment amidst all the celebration of Indian victory.
When Mohammed Siraj bowled James Anderson with a peach of a delivery to hand his side the win, the ball had in fact gone off the stumps towards second slip region where Rohit Sharma took a one-handed catch as if it was off the bat.
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While the video is now going viral on social media, the netizens are full of praise for Rohit Sharma's focus on the ball while all the other players erupted in celebration. While the catch meant nothing in terms of the action on the field, it would have certainly played a huge role in bringing his confidence back in the slip region having earlier dropped a catch.