IND vs SL: "Runs Aren't Coming But He Is Looking Good" - Sanjay Manjrekar On Rohit Sharma's Hundred Drought

Updated - 16 Jan 2023, 03:29 PM

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma‘s recent inability to generate his knocks into three-figure scores has not really disturbed Sanjay Manjrekar.

The third One-Day International between India and Sri Lanka took place on Sunday, January 15, at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. Rohit scored 42 runs off 49 deliveries. On the strength of hundreds from Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill, the Men in Blue set a lofty goal of 391 runs for the visitors and finally defeated them by a score of 317 runs.

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)
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There Aren’t Any Signs Where You Watch Rohit Sharma And Feel He Is Not Looking Good: Sanjay Manjrekar

Given that Rohit Sharma’s century slump has lasted 50 innings, Manjrekar was questioned whether it’s really more about the effect than large runs during a post-match debate on Star Sports. He replied:

“There aren’t any signs where you watch him and feel he is not looking good. Runs aren’t coming but he is looking good. Yes, eventually you want to see him get the big score because any team that has batters who convert their starts into hundreds and 150 is able to finally get a big score at the end of 50 overs.”

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Rohit Sharma (PC-Getty Images)

The former Indian hitter says that there is not much to infer from Rohit’s lack of significant runs, explaining:

“So that definitely helps the team. But I am not going to fret too much about the fact that he is not getting hundreds. In the series that he has played here, the short-arm pull was coming around superbly, the straight lofted shot. He was beaten on a couple of occasions outside the off stump, which is not something that happens too much.”

Rohit inside-edged a Dilshan Madushanka ball onto his stumps in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka, falling 17 runs short of a century. The Indian captain’s most recent ODI century came in January 2020 against Australia, when he scored 119 runs.

Rohit Sharma Will Be Kicking Himself: Gautam Gambhir

When questioned about Rohit Sharma continued to be the third-highest scorer in the series despite not scoring a hundred runs, Gautam Gambhir responded:

“He still would be disappointed with this series because of the way he was batting. Yes, you want to have that impact but mostly in the T20 format. This is a format where if you are batting well, you can convert those forties and eighties into 150 or 200 and against this kind of an attack. So I am sure he will be disappointed, he will be kicking himself.”

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In the next three-match ODI series versus New Zealand, Rohit will want to snap his century slump. The Kiwi seam-bowling attack’s loss of Tim Southee and Trent Boult might benefit the Indian opening.

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