“We had to wait”, Rohit Sharma reveals the reason for him and Virat Kohli playing slowly at the start

India defeated the Netherlands by 56 runs on Thursday to win their second game of the ongoing T20 World Cup. It was a complete performance but at one point, India looked out of answers in the middle. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were at the crease but they were not able to score runs quickly. Here, we take a look as Rohit Sharma reveals the reason for him and Virat Kohli playing slowly at the start.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli started slow

While Rohit made 53 runs in 39 deliveries, Virat got 62 runs in 44 deliveries. Eventually, India reached 179-2 and that was mainly due to the fireworks by Suryakumar Yadav. SKY scored 51 runs in 25 balls and was the difference maker. If not for his solid show, India could have ended with a lower total and the Dutch might have had a chance.

Speaking in the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma revealed the reason for him and Virat playing slowly. He said, “Yes, me and Virat Kohli played a little bit slow at the start but that was the conversation between me & Virat, we had to wait to play the big shots.”

The Indian openers might need to be more aggressive in the next games

The Indian openers, yet again, had an underwhelming show on Thursday. While Rohit got a fifty, KL Rahul yet again fell for a cheap score. If India has to do well in this tournament, both Rohit and KL must step up. Although Rohit got a fifty, it was not at his usual pace. In the end, India did not make use of the batting of Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik. When batting first, that is not a great approach especially when the final total was less than 180.

KL Rahul’s form has been concerning. He failed in both encounters and he needs to address his issues at the earlies. Against South Africa, the Indian vice-captain will be expected to score big and retain his spot in the XI.

Back to top button