Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: BCCI)

Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India, has advised Rohit Sharma to take more time at the top of the innings. He claims that Sharma’s current strategy of going all-out at the top is frequently losing him wickets. Gavaskar made these remarks following India’s defeat to Australia in the opening T20I encounter of their three-match series in Mohali. 

After Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to play, Rohit Sharma attempted to target the Australian quick bowlers. However, he passed away before every birth, with just a little time left. Prior to being removed for 11 runs off of 9 deliveries, Rohit played and missed a few. 

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (PC- BCCI)

Rohit Sharma Needs To Give Himself More Time: Sunil Gavaskar

India scored 208 runs owing to Hardik Pandya’s 30-ball 71 not out, KL Rahul’s fifty, and Suryakumar Yadav’s lightning-quick 46 despite Rohit’s early departure and Virat Kohli’s struggles. However, Australia managed to reach the mark with 4 balls remaining, thus it was insufficient. 

Rohit Sharma, Asia Cup 2022
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: BCCI

“With Rohit Sharma, the range of shot that he has, he doesn’t really have to do what he is looking to do over here, that is step down the pitch even before the bowler has released the ball,” Gavaskar told India Today. 

“The way he has been playing T20 cricket before that, his scoring and strike rate has been phenomenal. It’s been absolutely terrific. He hasn’t tried to do anything more. Over here, in the last few matches, it just seems to me that he is looking to do a little bit more and, in the process, getting out. 

“The white ball might move as much as the red ball. But there is just that slight movement which can be the difference between the ball hitting the middle of the bat and the ball taking the edge of the bat. So it means it could be hitting the ball into the air rather than into the stands. 

“I do believe that Rohit needs to give himself that little more time, he has got all the shots in the book. Even if he gets off to a slow start, he can triple it by the time his innings is over,” he added. 

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

In T20Is in 2022, Rohit has been averaging 25.52 and has struck out at 142.76, which is much less than his lifetime average of 32. The captain has been attempting to set the example after Rohit stressed the necessity for aggression at the top. The top batsman, who has only scored two fifties in 18 innings this year, has hurt Rohit’s consistency. 

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In India’s elimination from the Asia Cup 2022 without making it to the championship game, Rohit scored just 133 runs in 4 games. Rohit was able to knock a quickfire 72 against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup when he took his time and got going. 

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