Rohit Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan want fans to support Team India in tough times


India’s limited-overs star batsman Rohit Sharma has urged the fans to keep supporting the Indian team in England in the ongoing five-match Test series.

India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs in a low-scoring game and were bundled out for 107 in their first innings of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.

Rohit, who is not part of India’s Test squad, wants fans to be “little supportive” to the team.

“Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team,” Rohit tweeted.

Rohit’s tweet invited mixed reactions but Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan agreed with the Indian cricketer’s appeal.

“I agree with you .. ! COME ONNN INDIA .. WE CAN DO IT,” Amitabh Bachchan replied to Rohit’s tweet.

After the entire first day of the Lord’s Test was washed out, only 35.2 overs were possible on the second day with multiple rain interruptions.

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The wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat.

England paceman James Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in home conditions taking 5/20 as te hosts bowled out India for a miserly 107.

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Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling.

It was the sixth time that Anderson produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 Test wickets at the famous London venue.

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For much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around.

In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.

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After a rain delay, Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by debutant Ollie Pope and a downpour followed immediately.

When play resumed, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four.

Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.

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Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians – and secured his five wicket performance – by removing Ishant Sharma.

Both teams had made changes from the first Test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department.

Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.

As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.

(With inputs from Reuters)



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