Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Former Pakistan opener Salman Butt believes India captain Rohit Sharma’s return to form with the bat is a great sign for the Men in Blue heading into the ODI World Cup at home later this year. India clinched the three-match series by defeating the Black Caps by eight wickets in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.

Rohit Sharma has been playing well since making a full recovery from his thumb injury earlier this month. The 35-year-old scored 142 runs in three innings at a good average of 47.33 in his comeback series against Sri Lanka, including 83 runs off 67 balls in the first game. He has also shown glimpses of returning to form with 34 and 51 runs in the first two games of the ongoing series against New Zealand.

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)

He Has Hit Hundreds Consistently When He Is In Such Form – Salman Butt

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt said that Team India registers huge scores whenever Rohit Sharma is in good form. The 38-year-old highlighted Rohit’s record five centuries in the 2019 50-over World Cup.

“Rohit Sharma’s return to form has been a big positive for India. He is one such player that whenever he gets going, the team goes on to pile massive scores. He has hit hundreds consistently when he is in such form,” Salman Butt said.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt (Image Credit: Twitter)

“We saw that in the 2019 World Cup, where he scored five centuries. He used to play very carefully in the first few overs. His strike rate improved as the innings progressed,” he added.

The 38-year-old emphasized that Sharma tends to score centuries consistently once he gets going, pointing out the player’s record of five centuries at the 50-over World Cup in 2019.

India will take on New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the three-match series at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore, on Tuesday, January 24. Team management might be tempted to give a chance to youngsters in the final match as the series is already sealed.

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