The Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has been rested for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa at home. The former Indian pacer RP Singh has raised questions over the decision. He believes that ‘The Hitman’ should have played the series and there was no reason for the rest as he is the captain of the team.
RP Singh says Rohit Sharma should have played the series
Sharma had led the Indian team during the white-ball series’ against Sri Lanka and West Indies at home in February. He was also the captain during the two Tests against Sri Lanka in March. However, he missed the entire South African tour (December 2021-January 2022) due to injury and has been given frequent breaks in between as well.
In an interview with India TV, Singh opined about Rohit’s decision to skip the South Africa T20Is:
“I think he should have played the series. Taking rest or not is his personal thought. It depends on how much fatigue he is experiencing. But I don’t think there was a need for a break. He should have played. It’s a long series and, remember, he is the captain as well.”
Sharma also had a poor run in the recently concluded Indian Premier League(IPL) 2022 as his side Mumbai Indians finished at the last on the table. While the franchise struggled, the MI skipper too had a poor season with the bat. He ended the edition with 268 runs from 14 matches at an average of 19.14 and a best of 48.
Reflecting on the star batter’s poor showing, Singh pointed out that the right-hander has not been consistent in the T20 league over the last three to four editions.
“In the IPL, Rohit hasn’t scored over 400 runs in the last few seasons. There are many others who have crossed the 400-run mark. His performances have been inconsistent in the tournament but he used to come up with a couple of match-winning knocks. So everyone felt the spark in his batting was there. In the shortest format, you need match-winners. Even if they fire in a couple of matches, the team will win those.”
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