Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin backed Team India skipper Rohit Sharma after the latter slammed the broadcaster ‘Star Sports’ during the ODI series against New Zealand for their ‘first century after three years’ remark. Rohit had expressed his disappointment and added that the broadcasters should be careful about showing facts on their show.
The right-handed batter slammed his thirtieth ODI century in the third ODI at Indore. Before that game, he last scored an ODI century in 2020 against Australia in Bengaluru. The broadcasters pointed out that the hundred against New Zealand was Rohit’s first in three years. However, the Indian skipper argued that it sets a wrong perception as he did not play a lot of games in those three years.
Speaking about this on his YouTube channel, Ravichandran Ashwin expressed,
“Rohit Sharma raised a beautiful topic about broadcasters, saying that they should be responsible when it comes to putting out facts to the common people. I have spoken a lot about this perception, and how it can formulate into an opinion.”
“If you keep on telling that there was a 3 year-gap, 4-year gap to the fans… fans, who are keen, and selectors and others who are part of the system, they know what’s the truth. But if you look at a commoner’s perspective, if you force such information on them, they would think ‘yeah, he hasn’t scored runs. So many new ones are scoring. Remove him’,” he added.
Ravichandran Ashwin recalls an incident from the 2019 World Cup
Ravichandran Ashwin recalled the 2019 World Cup, where Rohit Sharma scored five centuries. The opening batter was awarded the Player of the Tournament. Ashwin stated that in one of the matches Rohit Sharma couldn’t get to a fifty, and the talk from the broadcasters on their show was ‘yet another failure for Rohit Sharma’. He said,
“In the 2019 World Cup, he scored one hundred after another. He was the player of the Tournament in the ODI World Cup. In the last 10-15 years, there’s nothing to question Rohit Sharma’s performance in limited-overs cricket.”
“In fact, he had scored 34 off 38. He took on the mantle, he started hitting the opposition bowlers. He reduced the pressure on his batting partners. Even when talking about that innings ‘yet another failure for Rohit Sharma’ was the talk in the show. It was surprising,” added Ashwin.
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