Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg believes that captaincy in all formats of the game is hampering Rohit Sharma as a batter. He hasn’t had the best outing with the bat this tournament and has scored only one half-century against the Netherlands.
Against Zimbabwe, Sharma got out to his favourite pull shot. His form is a cause of concern, given that the semi-finals aren’t too far away. Hogg on his YouTube channel said:
“I’m a little bit worried about Rohit Sharma, I think he has got too much on his plate at the moment. I think since he has been captain, I don’t think I have seen the solid footwork that we have seen at his best. He is just hanging the bat outside off stump and hoping that he finds the middle.”
“It does not seem positive enough, the positive Rohit Sharma that we have seen. I think that the pressure of captaincy has started to weigh on him because this is a big tournament,” he added.
Rohit Sharma has had a difficult year with the bat
This is Rohit Sharma’s first assignment as India’s captain in an ICC event after taking over the reins of captaincy from Virat Kohli after the completion of the previous edition of the T20 World Cup. His captaincy isn’t a cause for concern, but his batting form is.
Even though has scored in excess of 600 runs this year at a strike rate of 136, he has only been able to cross the 50 landmarks only three times this year. India will be hoping for their captain to rise up for them on a big occasion like a semi-final.
The game is set to be a high-octane one as two powerful cricketing nations will take on each other to seal a place in the finals of this tournament.