Mumbai. Rohit Sharma’s bat has got ‘eclipse’ and his frequent ‘flop show’ is forcing critics to open their mouths. T20 specialist batsman Rohit disappointed in the first 2 matches of the 3-match home series against the West Indies. If he does not bat in the decisive match to be played on December 11 in Mumbai, then a new problem will arise for him.
Rohit Sharma scored only 8 runs by opening with KL Rahul in the first T20 match of the series played in Hyderabad, while he could contribute only 15 runs in the second T20 match played in Thiruvananthapuram. In the first match, India won by 6 wickets with the great batting of Virat Kohli, but in the second match, they lost by 8 wickets on Sunday.
The year of 2019 has not been very special for Rohit and only 3 fifties were scored in 13 T20 matches with his bat. Just like this, stopping the bat of a batsman like Rohit Sharma in T20 cricket has proved to be a litmus test for every bowler but this year it did not happen.
Rohit has the highest number of 4 centuries in T20 cricket and was the world’s top scorer of 2547 runs before the Thiruvananthapuram match. He was behind only Virat Kohli, who had 2545 runs, but now Virat Kohli has reached the top with 2563 runs. Virat scored only 19 runs off 17 balls yesterday. Had he scored 6 more runs, he would have been the first Indian to score 1000 runs in T20 at home.
Nonetheless, Rohit Sharma’s poor form has increased Virat Kohli’s woes as this year, Rohit has scored 325 runs in his 13 matches played in his name, at an average of only 25. His last best performance came against Bangladesh on 7 November last month, when he scored 85 runs in 43 Tests with 6 fours and 6 sixes in a T20 match played in Rajkot.
Indian team management is focusing on team combination for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year. New players are being tried. In the second T20 match, Virat bowled one down to Shivam Dubey, in which he batted brilliantly and scored the highest 54 runs with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes in 30 balls.