Former India National Cricket Team wicketkeeper-batter Saba Karim pointed out that the star India batters Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli took frequent breaks in 2022 and said that he is hoping that they consistently play ODIs in the World Cup year.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is all set to be held in India in October-November. It will be the first time the competition is held entirely in India as India hosted three previous editions partially in 1987, 1996, and 2011.
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During a discussion on India News Sports on Thursday, Karim said that the management shouldn’t give Rohit and Kohli too many breaks. He elaborated:
“While cricket is a team sport, individual performances are very important when it comes to winning matches. We are used to seeing Virat Kohli at the top of the rankings. But this time, his name was not there. The same goes for Rohit Sharma.
“Both of these players have frequently taken breaks this year and haven’t played a lot of matches. I hope that they play consistently in ODIs before the 50-over World Cup. They do not need many breaks.”
It’s been a tough year for us in Test cricket – Saba Karim
Karim further said that 2022 was a tough year for India in Test cricket. He highlighted India’s defeats against South Africa and England and said that other than the star wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant there were no standout performers for India in Tests in 2022. He elaborated:
“It’s been a tough year for us in Test cricket. We failed to win the matches that we should have. We had a great opportunity to win a Test series in South Africa, but we missed out on that.
“The same happened in England as well. Rishabh Pant was the top performer for India in Tests this year. Apart from him, there haven’t been any other standout performers. He has done well both as a batter and with the gloves.”