Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticized Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, labeling it as ‘average’ due to his perceived shortcomings in decision-making during the recently concluded first Test against England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Despite holding a significant 190-run lead, India suffered a surprising defeat by 28 runs.

Vaughan pointed out that Rohit lacked proactiveness in making timely bowling changes and failed to strategically position his field to trouble the England batters. He specifically highlighted Rohit’s inability to devise a counter plan for England’s Ollie Pope, who played a stellar 196-run innings featuring sweeping and reverse sweeping.

In his column for The Telegraph, Vaughan expressed his dissatisfaction, stating, “I thought Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was very, very average. I thought he was so reactive; I don’t think he manoeuvred his field or was proactive with his bowling changes. And he didn’t have any answer to Ollie Pope’s sweeps or reverse sweeps.”

Pope emerged as the game-changer, showcasing a masterful approach against Indian spinners in turning conditions. On Day 3, he ended with an unbeaten 148, dominating the game. On Day 4, Pope continued his exceptional performance, adding 48 more runs to his tally and forming crucial partnerships with tail-enders Rehan Ahmed (28) and Tom Hartley (34). This effort propelled England to a substantial total of 420 runs in the second innings, establishing a commanding lead of 230 runs. While Pope missed out on a century, his innings effectively batted India out of contention in the match.

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