Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Saba Karim has said that India all-format captain Rohit Sharma needs to work on his batting and should not lose focus because his batting performance is crucial for the team.
Rohit Sharma has become the leading run-getter in T20 International cricket but his performance with the bat has not been highly impressive in the recently concluded home series against the West Indies National Cricket Team and Sri Lanka National Cricket Team.
Speaking on the Khelneeti podcast Karim said that Rohit is in the Indian playing XI because of his batting skills and the captaincy is just an additional responsibility for him. He said:
“Rohit Sharma is in the XI because of his batting. Captaincy is an additional responsibility. He should not lose focus with regards to batting. Lot of times we have seen that captains are not able to perform as well in their primary skill. This should not happen.”
Karim added that Rohit will have to work on his batting because his performance will be important in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. He said:
“This is just the starting phase for Rohit Sharma. He will gradually realize how important his runs are for the team.
“His performance will be crucial in Australia (during the T20 World Cup), where the grounds are big and the opposition have top-quality bowlers. So yes, Rohit Sharma needs to work on this area.”
He is the kind of player India need in the middle-order – Rajkumar Sharma on Shreyas Iyer
Indian middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer got the opportunity to bat at no.3 in the home T20I series against Sri Lanka in the absence of Virat Kohli and he batted exceedingly well scoring 204 runs in three games to win the ‘Player of the Series’ award.
Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma was impressed with the performance of the new Kolkata Knight Riders captain and he asserted:
“The way Shreyas Iyer paces his innings is very impressive. He can play big strokes and has a very good technique and temperament as well.
“He is the kind of player India need in the middle-order, someone who can steady the innings when Rohit or Kohli get out. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav have shown the capability to do that.”
Rajkumar added that India have been searching for good middle-order batters since the retirement of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina and with Iyer performing well along with Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant is good news for India.
“Shreyas’ performance is good news because we have been searching for good middle-order players since Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. With Shreyas and Suryakumar in the middle and Rishabh Pant there as well, the middle-order looks solid. I am sure Shreyas will seal a World Cup spot considering his performances,” he elaborated.
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