Parthiv Patel Praises Rohit Sharma’s Backfoot Mastery in Brilliant 131-run Knock

Rohit Sharma’s brilliance, Parthiv Patel commends the Indian captain’s control in playing shots off the backfoot during his counter-attacking 131 in the third Test against England.

In a spectacular display of skill and resilience, Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, orchestrated a remarkable counter-attacking century, scoring 131 against England on the first day of the third Test at Rajkot. Facing adversity with India reduced to 33/3, Sharma’s innings showcased his mastery of playing shots off the backfoot, drawing admiration from former wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel.

Despite a challenging start, Rohit Sharma‘s control while playing off the backfoot stood out as a highlight. Patel admired Sharma’s ability to play along the ground with precision, demonstrating strategic shot selection. Sharma’s innings, which included 14 fours and three sixes, played a crucial role in stabilizing India’s innings.

Parthiv Patel remarked, “The best thing about the knock was Rohit’s control while playing the ball off the back foot. He played with control and scored lots of runs along the ground. What we are seeing with Rohit Sharma is that he is adapting to conditions beautifully.”


After an initial setback, Sharma showcased resilience following a short-ball play that hit him on the helmet grille. Undeterred, he continued to unsettle the bowlers with calculated cut and sweep shots. Sharma was fortunate to survive a dropped catch by Joe Root at first slip when attempting a slog at 27. He also survived a close lbw shout while dancing down the pitch against James Anderson.

Former England batter Owais Shah acknowledged Sharma’s brilliance, saying, “India was under pressure at 33-3. Rohit and Jadeja batted brilliantly after that. The captain was under pressure to score and was awaiting a century for a long time, and he delivered. He just committed one mistake, and yes, he lost his wicket there.”

Sharma’s innings, characterized by strategic play and adaptability, rescued India from a precarious situation and showcased his long-awaited return to form. The counter-attacking century demonstrated Sharma’s ability to thrive under pressure and adapt to challenging conditions.