Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian captain Rohit Sharma will look to get back to scoring a big knock against the Netherlands in their next Super 12 match in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
In the last 10 T20Is innings, Rohit has managed only one fifty. In the last five T20Is, Rohit has got out without scoring twice. In the opening match against Pakistan, Rohit managed only four runs and was looking in survival mode instead of his free-flowing approach.
The star batter is putting in that extra yards at the practice session in order to get his mojo back. On Tuesday, during Team India’s optional practice session, Rohit was seen having an extended knock at the nets. He first took throwdowns from Raghavendra, Nuwan and Dayanand, before shifting to the adjacent nets to face the likes of Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin. Later after the nets, Rohit was seen having a long chat with Head Coach Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathour.
During the training session in Melbourne, Rohit was seen not hitting a single pull shot while battinmg at the nets against Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh. He was prepared to curve his favourite shot.
With Virat Kohli in scintillating form, if Rohit too can start firing, India will put huge pressure on its opponents. The most important thing for the Indian captain is to spend some time in the middle starting with the match against the Netherlands.
It is unlikely the Indian team management will tinker too many with the winning combination against Pakistan. There was a possibility of Hardik Pandya being rested but that speculation has been put to rest by Indian captain.
As far as the Netherlands team is concerned, they will need its players to punch above their weight and key stars like Bas de Leede, who offers all-round utility, have to click. The face-off against India is part of the learning curve for the Netherlands.