Sunil Gavaskar has urged Rohit Sharma to back up his natural game instead of trying a bit harder in the early overs, saying he has the potential to increase his strike rate once he gets going. Gavaskar pointed to Sharma’s past as an indicator of the quality of his previous approach.
Rohit Sharma’s struggle for consistency continued in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali on Tuesday after the opener fell short for 11 despite starting strong with a limit and a maximum. The Indian skipper recently tried to apply an ultra-aggressive strategy during the power play but once again fell victim to it after a big hit attempt from Josh Hazlewood didn’t quite go the distance, ending up in the hands of Nathan Ellis. Sharma now has just 312 runs in 12 T20Is this year at a rather low average of 28.90 but a significantly higher strike rate of 152.15 over previous years.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar believes the fly-half tried this new batting approach unnecessarily, given his ability to step on the gas when the situation calls for it.
“With Rohit Sharma, the range of strokes he has, he doesn’t really have to do what he’s looking to do here, which is to get off the field before the bowler has even released the ball. “, Gavaskar told India Today. .
“The way he played T20 cricket before that, his scoring and his strike rate has been phenomenal. It’s absolutely great. He hasn’t tried anything more. Here in the last few games it seems to me just that he’s looking to do a bit more and in doing so, get by,” he added.
The Men in Blues leader is the greatest run-getter in T20I history, totaling 3,631 runs at an excellent strike rate of over 140. He has over 10,000 runs under his belt on all T20s and achieved great success with his calculated strike mark combined with destructive power strikes. The 35-year-old is set to lead India in a major ICC event for the first time ever in the World T20 Down Under from next month.
“The white ball can move as much as the red ball. But there’s just that slight movement that can make the difference between the ball hitting the middle of the bat and the ball taking the edge of the bat. So that means it could be hitting the ball in the air rather than in the stands. I think Rohit needs to give himself a bit more time, he has all the shots in the book. Even if he starts off slow, he can triple the moment where his innings are over,” Gavaskar concluded.
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