Robin Utappa suggested that Rohit Sharma does not need a break from cricket.©AFP
Amid Rohit Sharma’s continued rough patch with the bat in the Indian Premier League (IPL), former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had urged the Mumbai Indians skipper to take a break from the sport and focus on the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final. So far, in 13 IPL 2023 matches, Rohit has scored just 257 at an average of 19.77, hitting just half a century. Speaking about his IPL struggle, former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Robin Uthappa suggested that Rohit doesn’t need a break.
Uthappa believes that Rohit’s current batting pattern of “playing very aggressive cricket” is not working for him.
“I don’t think there’s much wrong with his form. When he hits the crease, he plays like the Rohit Sharma we all know. I don’t think the template he’s chosen doesn’t necessarily work for him. Although I think not that the template they have chosen to captain the Indian team from playing uber-aggressive cricket has not helped Rohit Sharma as a batsman,” Uthappa, who is an expert at IPL’s official digital broadcast partner Jio Cinema, told DailyExpertNews .
Uthappa added that Rohit should go back to his “tried and true” formula where he takes his time before taking on the bowlers.
“I think he’s been successful with the tried and true method where he starts off slow but takes advantage of the amount of time he took initially. When he returns to the right batsman he will perform like the Rohit Sharma we all know. I don’t necessarily think he needs a break. It’s just a mindset shift,” he added.
After IPL 2023, India will take on Australia in the WTC final, starting June 7 at the Oval.
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