'Rohit Sharma and others must accept responsibility,' says Wasim Jaffer ahead of the second ODI against New Zealand.
Wasim Jaffer believes that Indian batters, including captain Rohit Sharma, need to take more responsibility after failing to hit big ODI knocks against New Zealand in the first ODI. On the strength of Shubman Gill's 208-run knock, the Indan team scored
Wasim Jaffer believes that Indian batters, including captain Rohit Sharma, need to take more responsibility after failing to hit big ODI knocks against New Zealand in the first ODI. On the strength of Shubman Gill's 208-run knock, the Indan team scored 349 runs while batting first.
Despite scoring heavily, the Indian team escaped with a 12-run victory thanks to Michael Bracewell's valiant century. While attempting an aerial shot in the first match in Hyderabad, Rohit failed to convert a good start into a big knock. He scored 34 off 38 balls, while both Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan failed to reach double figures.
Suryakumar Yadav's ODI struggles continue, while Hardik Pandya scored 28 off 38 balls before being bowled out due to a controversial decision by the officials. Jaffer stated ahead of the second ODI in Raipur that Rohit, Kishan, and Suryakumar must take on more responsibility. He believes Hardik was unlucky to be dismissed in the first match, but that the star all-rounder needs to be more consistent. Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav will be held accountable.
"Even Hardik Pandya, who was a little unlucky with how he got out in the first match," Wasim Jaffer told ESPNcricinfo. Concerning Rohit's struggles, the former Indian batter stated that while the current Indian captain is batting well, it has been a long time since he has scored a century in ODIs. Rohit's last international century in white-ball cricket came in January 2021, and he has recently struggled with consistency and injury.
"The other three will undoubtedly have to step up. It's been a long time since Rohit scored a century in an ODI. He's batting well, but we're not expecting a three-digit figure from him "Wasim Jaffer continued. Rohit is on the verge of passing 1000 runs in ODIs with 29 hundreds, including three double tonnes, but at the age of 36, staying at the top of the game will be difficult.