Labeled as Hitman by fans, Rohit Sharma is one of the most explosive players to have ever foot in the history of the game. On his day, he is a force to be reckoned with. Team India hasn’t found such an intimidating batsman like him since Virender Sehwag. But things are falling flat for Hitman this season. Mumbai Indians had already lost 8 matches this season and their playoff dreams are almost finished. The main concern arising is the batting form of Rohit Sharma whom both MI fans and Indian fans awaited hugely to outshine.
Rohit Sharma’s continued poor form has raised concerns about India’s preparations for the ICC World Cup in October. The Indian captain scored just 153 runs in 8 matches for Mumbai. Rohit’s innings averaged 19.13 runs without a half-century. Despite playing fielding-controlled overs as the opening batter, the strike rate was only 126.45.
These figures do not bode well for Rohit Sharma, who has been hailed as one of the most dangerous batsmen in International cricket. Rohit is the highest run-scorer in international Twenty20 cricket. Rohit also holds the record for most centuries (6) by an Indian in the Twenty20 format. Despite his experience and excellence, Rohit Sharma has been a huge flop with the Mumbai Indians this season as a batsman.
Continued Failure of the captain
Hitman’s bat has been sitting idle for the past few seasons. It was in the 2016 season he shined as the hitman. His contribution was 489 runs from 14 matches. Rohit’s batting average has never been more than 30 runs since that season when he averaged 44.45. 23.78 in 2017, 23.83 in 2018, 28.92 in 2019, 27.66 in 2020, and 29.3 in 2021 The figures for the last IPL matches of India’s Premier Batter have shocked the fans and critics alike. The strike rate is even much worse. Only once in the last 5 seasons has Rohit’s strike rate crossed the consolation mark of 130. Things are not going well for the Indian skipper.
Hitman in the path of Kohli?
Mumbai’s batsman used to shine in international scenarios even when he didn’t make waves in the IPL. But Rohit’s performance this season has not been good for Team India either. The Indian captain has scored 116 runs from 6 matches in 2022. The strike rate, which was above 150 in 2020 and 2021, has dropped sharply to 122 in the World Cup year, much to the dismay of fans. If Rohit’s discoloration goes hand in hand with the challenge posed by the team’s batting, facing Virat Kohli’s successive defeats, it will be a tough test for India and Australia.
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