"There is no need to be concerned in white-ball cricket," says Irfan Pathan, referring to Rohit Sharma's long wait for a century.
Irfan Pathan believes Rohit Sharma's lack of big runs isn't a concern in white-ball cricket, despite the fact that the Indian captain hasn't scored a century in a long time
Irfan Pathan believes Rohit Sharma's lack of big runs isn't a concern in white-ball cricket, despite the fact that the Indian captain hasn't scored a century in a long time.On Wednesday, January 18, Rohit was dismissed for 34 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad.
The Men in Blue posted a mammoth 349/8 on the back of Shubman Gill's double century and eventually won the match by 12 runs. During a discussion on Star Sports, Pathan was asked about Rohit Sharma's failure to convert his start and his continued wait for a century, to which he responded: "He played very good shots.
He hit over cover on the up with a high elbow and played the pull shots - flawless batting, but when he gets out you feel that he played a false shot. I will say again that the way Rohit Sharma is batting, there is no need to worry at all in white-ball cricket, especially in ODI cricket.
"In any case, the previous Indian all-rounder featured a specialized issue that could unfavorably affect the opener in Test cricket, explaining: "He simply needs to give a little consideration to his front leg when he goes to red-ball cricket. I'm certain the group the board will likewise have their eyes on that, it is going excessively across. So it is occurring either a direct result of that or the mentality.
"Following the white-ball matches against New Zealand, India will play Australia in a four-match Test series.Several cricket experts have urged the Test players to play a Ranji Trophy match before the crucial series.Pathan believes Rohit should be able to overcome any minor technical glitches in his game, saying: "It's all a mental game here because if such a big player has minor issues with his technique, he adjusts and has the ability.That is why Rohit Sharma has nearly 10000 runs.
We are talking about such a big legend, there is no need to worry." The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that the Indian skipper played a couple of fluent knocks in the recently concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, observing: "I found him batting at his best in the first match (against Sri Lanka) when he scored 83 runs.
In the last match also, where he scored 42 runs, he looked very good. He was himself extremely disappointed when he got out." Pathan concluded by opining that Rohit would not be thinking about a century at all. He added that he would only be concerned about how to take the team forward and that his eyes would be on the World Cup later this year.