Rohit Sharma hails youngsters amid ‘pressure from outside’ sans Virat Kohli

Rohit Sharma hails youngsters amid ‘pressure from outside’ sans Virat Kohli

India skipper Rohit Sharma hailed the youngsters for stepping up in the absence of Virat Kohli as the hosts won the IND vs ENG 4th Test

Team India captain Rohit Sharma credits the side’s youngsters for the win in IND vs ENG 4th Test in Ranchi. The skipper maintains that the side will head into the 5th Test with the intention of wrapping up the series. India have won the five-match Test series 3-1, with one more Test remianing.

IND vs ENG 4th Test: Sharma hails debutants in Virat Kohli‘s absence

“It’s always not pleasing to miss key players, but there’s nothing we can’t do as a group. It wasn’t easy for these guys to come and fill their shoes, there was a lot of pressure from outside, not inside, a lot of things were written and spoken about, but performances like this will motivate them to do better in the future,” says Sharma.

The Hitman hails the journey of the youngsters from first-class cricket to the national side. Acknowledging that it is a huge task to play Test cricket, Sharma admits that both Rahul Dravid and him have a job to do and that is to produce a conducive environment for the youngsters.

“I’m feeling very proud of the boys – I’m happy at having achieved what we wanted to do, a very composed and very spirited set of guys. It clearly tells me that they want to be here, all the hard grind, in local and domestic cricket. It’s a big challenge to play Test cricket, but the response has been quite encouraging. The only work for Rahul bhai and me is to get the things done. They’re very clear at what they want to do,” Sharma adds.

IND vs ENG 4th Test

India held their nerves to register an emphatic win in the 4th Test at Ranchi. A sensational spell from Ashiwn and Kuldeep ensured India had their task cut short on Day 3. However, England fought back fiercely at the start of Day 4, grabbing five wickets.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (37) was the first to go on Day 4, with Joe Root striking. India skipper Rohit Sharma (55) raced to a half-century in the 1st session before he was dismissed by Hartley. Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan and Ravindra Jadeja perished for single-digit scores soon after.

Dhruv Jurel (39) and Shubman Gill (52) guided India to a comfortable victory post lunch. India beat England by 5 wickets to win the 4th Test and take a 3-1 lead in the five-match series.


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