New Delhi: When India preferred Rohit Sharma over Ajinkya Rahane in the playing eleven for the first Test against South Africa at Newlands, the thinktank of Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri was criticised a lot. But Rohit had a chance to silence his critics, some of whom even call him a 'flat-track bully', by scoring on a seaming overseas track against one of the best bowling attacks. But it didn't happen.
After a struggle on the second morning of the Test on Saturday, Rohit was snapped lbw by Kagiso Rabada for a 59-ball 11, and it unleashed Rohit's critics on Twitter, who trolled him for the forgettable knock.
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 6, 2018
If Rohit Sharma can survive this spell from Dale Steyn, it'll be a bigger achievement for him than hitting 200 in ODI.
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) January 6, 2018
Surviving pace bowling for an hour. I think Rohit Sharma is the best night watchman India has produced in three decades. #IndvsSA
— one tip one hand_ (@OneTipOneHand_) January 6, 2018
— Encrypted Layman!! (@FreddieFaizan) January 6, 2018
— Hasitha Jayawardene (@Hasitha71) January 6, 2018
— Rahul (@clickator7) January 6, 2018
Rohit Sharma faced 50 balls against Steyn, Morkel, Rabada & Philander. We have seen everything.#INDvSA
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 6, 2018
But to Rohit's defence, none of the Indian top order of Shikhar Dhawan (16), Murali Vijay (1) and Virat Kohli (5) could stand against the pace and bounce of Dale Steyn & Co, who removed the above three on Friday, followed by the early wicket of Rohit on Saturday.
Rohit scratched around for a while against Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander and Rabada, but was finally trapped by a delivery that angled in sharply catching him dead in front of the stumps. However, he went on to review the decision but it proved futile.