Rohit Sharma praises India’s youngsters after Rajkot rout

In a stunning display of talent and determination, India’s young batting lineup stole the spotlight in the third Test against England, securing a commanding 434-run victory in Rajkot. The absence of Virat Kohli and the unavailability of KL Rahul paved the way for debutants Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel to make their mark.

The batting brigade, led by Yashasvi Jaiswal’s remarkable double century in the second innings, showcased an aggressive yet situationally aware style of play. Jaiswal’s fiery knock, along with crucial contributions from Sarfaraz Khan and Shubman Gill, propelled India to set a formidable 557-run target for England.

The first innings witnessed a shaky start for India, with the top order faltering. However, Sarfaraz Khan’s resilience in the lower-middle order, supported by experienced hands Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, steered the ship past the 400-run mark.

In the second innings, the young guns truly dazzled. Jaiswal’s unbeaten double century, Sarfaraz Khan and Gill’s half-centuries set the stage for England’s downfall. The visitors, chasing a daunting target, succumbed to India’s bowling attack, getting bundled out for a mere 122 in two sessions.

Jurel, making his debut, not only showcased his batting prowess but also played a pivotal role in England’s collapse. His brilliant run-out of Ben Duckett displayed athleticism and game-changing instincts.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma, relieved and elated after the victory, took to Instagram, expressing his admiration for the young batters’ aggressive mindset.

“Ye aajkal ke bacche (Kids these days),” Rohit wrote, acknowledging the fearless approach of the emerging talents against a formidable bowling attack.

The win not only showcased the depth in India’s batting lineup but also alleviated the pressure on Rohit Sharma, who had faced scrutiny for his form in the preceding Tests. Rohit’s impressive century in challenging conditions, with India struggling at 33/3 in the first innings, played a pivotal role in the team’s success.

With the series now at 2-1 in India’s favor, the action shifts to Ranchi for the fourth Test, set to commence on February 23. The young guns have not only announced their arrival but have also provided an invigorating and dynamic dimension to India’s batting prowess.