Rohit Sharma, who is leading the Board President’s XI against South Africa, had a horrendous start as an opening batsman in red-ball cricket on Saturday.
On the third and final day of the ongoing practice match at Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex in Vizianagaram, Rohit came out to open the innings with Mayank Agarwal but his stay at the crease lasted for just two balls.
In the second over of the innings, Rohit was caught by Heinrich Klaasen on the bowling of Vernon Philander.
Earlier, South Africa declared their first innings at 279/6 as soon as Philander fell 2 short of a well-deserved half-century. Temba Bavuma remained unbeaten on 87 off 127 balls and must be high on confidence ahead of the 3-Test series next month.
After Rohit’s dismal show with the bat in the practice game, netizens started trolling the 32-year-old.
Rohit Sharma fall 200 runs short from smashing a Double Century!#Betterthanrahul🤔
— Bhavya Shah (@BhavyaShah2612) September 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma dismissed for a duck to check Virat Kohli's patience. Another masterstroke to expose Kohli. I don't know till when he keep on sacrificing himself for this country. #BXIvSA
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 28, 2019
Don't know which is more funny – Rohit opening in tests and getting out on duck or Rohit opening in tests
— N (@k_nitzz23) September 28, 2019
OMG Rohit Sharma. 😂😂😂
The selectors are going to be really worried about this.
Second ball duck in this new opening experiment.
RG Sharma c Klaassen b Philander 0 (2)
And Abhimanyu Easwaran, who should be in the test squad, comes out to bat. Might as well opened. #BPXIvSA
— V-R Isolated 🏠 (@NaanumEngineer) September 28, 2019
— Raghu (@Raghu610) September 28, 2019
— Jayanta Kar (@Jayantakar0) September 28, 2019
Captain Rohit Sharma Out for a Duck While Opening The Test Innings. 😆
Sunny Bhai Should Have a Word With Rohit Bhai. 😅
— ArunachalaM (@ArunbuddyAP) September 28, 2019
Lol 😂😂😂 Hituu gone for duck
1st innings as opener in test
More to come!!! #RohitSharma
— ❤ (@being_prakx) September 28, 2019
Ro masterclass 😍😍😍 … 0 Runs 2 Balls ….
Missed triple century by just 300 Runs
— Rahul 🇮🇳 (@Rahul__Tweet) September 28, 2019
Series hasn't even started, Rohit Sharma already scoring ducks. But likes post about Rahul for doing the same lol. Absolutely no shame.
Would like see faces of the likes of Ganguly, some self proclaimed experts and obviously, Rohit fans.
— Sharique (@ShariqueAghaz) September 28, 2019