Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma rolled his hands over to bowl medium pace in the fourth Test match at Gabba. He was forced to do so, due to the injury that the main Indian pacer Navdeep Saini picked up in between the match. He just bowled one ball and conceded one run.
Almost all of India’s frontline bowlers are injured. This had forced Indian management to go with an inexperienced bowling attack at the Gabba. The inexperienced quartet of Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan were asked to take the field for India in the absence of their frontline pacers. As it turns out, Mohammad Siraj who has played just two Test matches is India’s lead pacer in this match. To make things further worse for India, Navdeep Saini picked up an injury midway through the innings. The injury happened in the 5th ball of the 36th over. He bowled a peach of a delivery which, the batsman Marnus Labuschagne played it straight into the hands of captain Ajinkya Rahane. He didn’t expect that catch and dropped a simple sitter. But more than the drop what happened later was what made Indians even more disappointed.
Saini pulled mid-way through the run-up and walked off the ground due to a groin strain. With that India were yet again reduced to three seamers.
Saini had one ball left in his over, and some one had to finish it. Rahane gave the ball to vice-captain Rohit Sharma. He rolled his arms over and turned himself into a medium pacer for just that one delivery. It was a short of a length outside off delivery. Batsman Marnus Labuschagne slapped it through the point region and ran a single. Rohit Sharma was a handy off-spinner during his early days. He has an IPL hattrick to his name and has even picked up 2 test wickets. But ever since he had been considered as a premier top order batsman, he had given up his bowling and it was a surprise for all his young fans to watch him bowl for the first time.