IND vs NZ: "There Is No Need To Worry At All In White-ball Cricket" - Irfan Pathan On Rohit Sharma's Century Drought

Updated - 19 Jan 2023, 05:13 PM

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Irfan Pathan believes Rohit Sharma‘s lack of big runs isn’t an issue in white-ball cricket, despite the fact that the Indian captain hasn’t made a century in a long time.

On Wednesday, January 18, Rohit was removed for 34 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad. The Men in Blue won the match by 12 runs after posting a massive 349/8 thanks to Shubman Gill’s double century.

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Irfan Pathan Not Worried About Rohit Sharma’s Form

Pathan was questioned about Rohit Sharma’s inability to utilize his start and his continuing wait for a century during a conversation on Star Sports, to which he responded:

“He played very good shots. He hit over cover on the up with a high elbow and played the pull shots – flawless batting, but when he gets out you feel that he played a false shot. I will say again that the way Rohit Sharma is batting, there is no need to worry at all in white-ball cricket, especially in ODI cricket.”

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Nevertheless, the former Indian all-rounder pointed out a mechanical flaw that might harm the opening in Test cricket, explaining:

“He just has to pay a little attention to his front leg when he goes to red-ball cricket. I am sure the team management will also have their eyes on that, it is going a little too across. So it is happening either because of that or the mindset.”

It Is All A Mindset Game: Irfan Pathan

Following the white-ball matches versus New Zealand, India will play Australia in a four-match Test series. Several cricket analysts have recommended the Test players to play a Ranji Trophy match before the important series.

Pathan feels Rohit should be able to deal with any minor technological glitches in his game, saying:

“It is all a mindset game here because if such a big player has slight issues with his technique, he makes the adjustment and he has the ability. That is why Rohit Sharma has reached close to 10000 runs. We are talking about such a big legend, there is no need to worry.”

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The cricketer-turned-commentator said that India’s captain played a handful of smooth runs in the recently ended ODI series against Sri Lanka, saying:

“I found him batting at his best in the first match (against Sri Lanka) when he scored 83 runs. In the last match also, where he scored 42 runs, he looked very good. He was himself extremely disappointed when he got out.”

Pathan concluded by opining that Rohit would not be thinking about a century at all. He added that he would only be concerned about how to take the team forward and that his eyes would be on the World Cup later this year.

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