Team India vice-captain Rohit Sharma is facing the heat on social media for throwing his wicket away at the Gabba on Day 2 of the Brisbane Test against Australia on Saturday.
Rohit got off to a good start and was playing fluently when he suddenly decided to take on off-spinner Nathan Lyon by hitting him for a six but mistimed his shot and got caught by Mitchell Starc at mid-on instead.
It was the sixth time Rohit was dismissed by Lyon in Test cricket, which is more than any other bowler he has got out to in this format.
Former India cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar were the first ones to slam the Mumbai batsman for his poor shot selection.
“Considering the experience missing in the team, that shot from an experienced Rohit Sharma was inexcusable,” Manjrekar tweeted.
“He had done all the hard work and then he plays that shot. The shot selection sometimes has not been good and that’s the reason he got out.
“Maybe, he was looking to get a half century with a six. But with the fielders in the deep and the Australians were willing to take, that was a risk that was too many to take,” Gavaskar said on Sony Six.
Indian cricket fans, including women’s team legend Mithali Raj, also expressed their disappointment at Rohit Sharma for playing an irresponsible shot to get out.