Rohit Sharma's DRS Blunder Costs India Wicket in Dharamsala Test

Rohit Sharma’s DRS Blunder Costs India Wicket in Dharamsala Test

Rohit Sharma’s DRS Blunder Costs India Wicket in Dharamsala Test

During England’s first innings in the Dharamsala Test, Indian captain Rohit Sharma made a costly DRS error that allowed Zak Crawley to survive a clear edge. On the fifth ball of the 26th over, Crawley missed a glance shot off Kuldeep Yadav’s bowling, and the ball hit wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel and lobbed towards the leg side. Sarfaraz Khan grabbed the ball before it hit the ground, sparking a massive appeal from India.

Despite Sarfaraz’s insistence, Rohit initially declined the request for a DRS review. However, replays and UltraEdge confirmed that Crawley had indeed edged the ball. The Indian skipper was left laughing in disbelief as Sarfaraz smiled wryly.

This error proved costly for India, as Crawley went on to score a crucial 56 runs, helping England reach a respectable total of 218 in their first innings. The fragility of England’s batters against spin was once again exposed, with Kuldeep Yadav claiming a five-wicket haul.

In contrast, India showed their dominance on the flat track, cruising to 135 for one at stumps on day one. Rohit Sharma (52*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (57) put on a 104-run opening stand, the highest of the series for India. Jaiswal became only the second Indian to amass 700 runs in a series, after Sunil Gavaskar.

The Indian pacers and spinners struggled to make an impact compared to their English counterparts. Jaiswal took advantage of this, smashing three sixes off Shoaib Bashir in his first over. Rohit Sharma also played confidently, hitting two maximums.

At the close of play, India were in a strong position, with Rohit and Shubman Gill (26*) at the crease. The hosts will be looking to build on their advantage and secure a series victory in the final Test.