Ravi Shastri, a former head coach of India, reflected on a time when Rohit Sharma had a chance to record a century at the storied Lord’s Cricket Ground.
At the Home of Cricket in August 2021, Rohit not only scored 83 runs but also contributed to a 126-run opening-wicket stand with KL Rahul.
When Rohit appeared poised to record his first century in an international test, veteran fast bowler James Anderson ripped through his defence and shook his woodwork. According to Indian coach Ravi Shastri, the Nagpur-born batter was distraught and sat quietly on a dressing room table.
“Rohit returned to the dressing room after leaving and sat motionlessly at a table. He was confused. All he wanted was that hundred. Getting 100 at Lord’s is a wonderful sensation for any player. And it was clear that he was bitterly disappointed. However, he made up for it at the Oval, according to Shastri.
KL Rahul, who scored 129 runs in the first innings and was named Player of the Match, led India to a 151-run victory in the final score.
Rohit made amends later in the series by getting his first overseas Test century in the fourth Test at London’s Kennington Oval.
India outscored its opponent by 157 runs to win the game and take a 2-1 series lead. Rohit was named Player of the Match for his 127-run knock in India’s second innings.
Following a positive COVID-19 test, Rohit recently missed the fifth Test match against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.