Sydney Test: Lokesh Rahul did what Rohit Sharma did not

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The third day of the Sydney Test began with two unbeaten batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul — both of whom had a lot to prove having been given another chance following their poor performances earlier the series. The duo had batted well the previous night, keeping the Australian bowling at bay even after losing the in-form Murali Vijay early on. The third day’s play was thus extremely significant for their careers – Rohit Sharma because he had been throwing away starts, and Rahul because he had such a horrendous Test debut. By the end of the day, one had flourished and the other disappointed.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 08: Lokesh Rahul of India leaves the ground after being dismissed by Mitchell Starc of Australia for 110 during day three of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Speaking of Lokesh Rahul first, he displayed a much better temperament as opposed to Melbourne. For sure, he learnt his lessons following the bad experience in his first Test. Some of the seniors in the team may definitely have spoken to him, and whatever was the case, it did work. Yes, Lokesh Rahul was lucky. He was dropped by Steven Smith (the controversial spidercam incident) even before he had reached his half-century. But, to his credit, he did not throw his wicket away. On the contrary, he stuck it out and went on to complete a well-deserved hundred.

In stark contrast, Rohit Sharma gave it away once again after getting a start. He had begun well, and went on to complete a sublime half-century. This was exactly the kind of platform he needed to go on, and make the much-needed big score. However, Rohit, unlike Rahul, did not display the temperament to carry on. He played an extremely poor stroke to be bowled just after crossing his fifty. It was a predetermined shot to a delivery that was anything but a wicket-taking delivery from Nathan Lyon. This was Rohit Sharma’s opportunity to excel, but he stumbled yet again.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 08: Rohit Sharma of India is bowled by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day three of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The knock might be enough for Rohit Sharma to save his place in the team for another Test, but one wonders how long a rope the Mumbai batsman will be given if he continues to flounder in this disappointing manner. As for Lokesh Rahul, it is great for him that he has got a hundred after a horrific start. But, he must not be satisfied with the knock. It was clear that he was lucky to have survived some tense moments during the hundred. He must know utilise the valuable experience gained to further his Test career.

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