Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir slammed Indian team management for demoting Rohit Sharma’s position in the batting order against New Zealand.
On Sunday, India suffered their second loss in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 after going down to New Zealand by eight wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
India lost to New Zealand by eight wickets
On a day where it was a must-win for the Men in Blues to stay alive in the tournament, nothing seem to go right their way.
Firstly, they lost a crucial toss (which is never in anyone’s control) and were asked to bat first once again.
The revelation of Ishan Kishan ahead of Rohit Sharma as India’s opener didn’t paid well as the southpaw went for four in the early stage. Rohit couldn’t do much and got out to a mistimed shot of Ish Sodhi’s bowling.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s big shots, that too came late in the innings, pushed India to a paltry score of 110/7.
We haven’t seen a better white-ball cricketer than Rohit Sharma: Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir wasn’t pleased with Rohit being pushed down the order and said the team could have batted Ishan Kishan at No.3.
“If you expect Ishan Kishan to do something that Rohit Sharma can’t then there are issues and it’s the wrong mindset. If you are thinking that Ishan Kishan will give you a flying start of 60 runs in the first six overs and then Virat and Rohit can come and milk it, it is wrong because we haven’t seen a better white-ball cricketer than Rohit Sharma. The player has four T20I hundreds and you are still batting him at No.3 then it’s negative thinking,” Gambhit told ESPNCricinfo.
“You could have opened with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul and if Virat Kohli had to play at No.4 only then Ishan Kishan could have come at No.3. I believe that one change forces you to make a lot more. Virat Kohli changed his own position, Rohit Sharma’s position – this shows your mentality and that there’s panic in the dressing room,” he added.
New Zealand chased the target with much ease in 14.3 overs and eight wickets to spare.