Mohit looks to get head in right place

Delhi No. 3 plans innovative methods to avoid falling over while playing incoming ball.

After having completed his maiden first-class half-century against Baroda, Delhi's new No. 3, Mohit Sharma was looking well set to convert that landmark to three figures, when one technical problem became apparent in his play. As the visiting seamers began to get late swing into the left-hander, Sharma looked to play the incoming ball towards the mid-wicket region. As he did so, his head seemed to fall over and he would get rapped on the pads. Thrice in quick succession the sequence of events happened with Sharma barely getting the benefit of doubt from the umpire.

He wouldn't get lucky for a fourth time. On 71, a sharp reverse swinging delivery from seamer Firdaus Bhaja had him making the same mistake. This time however the umpire had enough reason to make his decision and the finger went up. Sharma will now have to look to his next game against Tamil Nadu to get to that coveted maiden century.

Undoubtedly, the 19-year-old has no dearth of shots when it comes to playing on the off-side but if he is to make a mark at the first-class level he will have to deal with his struggle to milk runs on the leg every time he faces a bowler capable of moving the ball late into him. Appropriately, Sharma understands he has a technical flaw and says he is spending a lot of time in the nets everyday to iron it out.

"My head tends to fall towards the off-side which makes me get the impression that a ball pitched on middle-stump is suitable to play towards mid-wicket. Instead I should play that ball straight down the track but since my head has tilted beyond my off-stump, my middle stump then becomes leg and I committed that mistake. Last match I got out in a similar fashion and I had thought not to repeat it again but such technical flaws take time to get out of your system perhaps," said Sharma after close of play on Day 3 .

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