Team India will take on the Netherlands in their second game of the T20 World Cup campaign and will aim to keep winning momentum intact after taking a dramatic four-wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan on Sunday. Indian batter Virat Kohli played a match-winning knockout and went undefeated on 82 of 53 deliveries to send a successful 160-run chase into Melbourne. However, a major concern for the Indian team was the form of the captain, Rohit Sharma.
Rohit didn’t get going in the opening match against Pakistan, scoring just 4 from seven deliveries before finding a thick edge going to the first slip against Haris Rauf. Rohit’s youth coach Dinesh Lad isn’t too happy with the batter’s late approach, stressing that Rohit is more inclined to play a “high risk” game.
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“Yes, he’s been playing a high-risk game for quite some time, which he shouldn’t. I have no idea why he’s doing that. I think he’s making a mistake by playing an overly aggressive game,” Lad said. PTI. Wednesday in an interview.
“I think he should spend more time on the crease and not throw away his wicket. I don’t want him to take any risks in the first six overs of the power play. He should play his normal and natural game.
“He should try to play 17-18 overs and score about 70-80 runs in every game he plays,” Lad said.
Lad also spoke at length about his last conversation with Rohit that took place before the World Cup. He revealed that he told Rohit to stay within the crease and play “sensibly”, but the batter throws his wicket instead.
“The last time I spoke to him was before he went to the World Cup. We didn’t talk much about the technique because he has played so much cricket for India.
“I advised him to stay on the fold and play wisely. I always want him to lead from the front and contribute maximum to India’s victory. But he doesn’t get the time because he throws his wickets away,” said Lad.
“Sometimes he comes out cheap by playing brash shots and he gets criticized for that.”