Rohit Sharma wasn’t really at his best during the recently concluded Indian T20 League 2022. Not only was he unimpressive with the bat, but he also failed to lead Mumbai to the playoffs this edition. Under his leadership, the five-time champions finished at the 10th spot in the points table.
This was their worst season in the history of the league as well. As for Sharma’s performance with the bat, he was only able to score 268 runs in 14 innings at an average of 19.14. Moreover, the “Hitman” couldn’t score a single half-century in the 2022 edition. Thus, this led to several experts and pundits criticizing him.
As Sharma is now India’s all-format captain, some people felt that the added pressure has taken a toll on him. Besides, he was recently seeing vacationing and thus, he seems to be enjoying his break. Thus, Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lad spoke about how the opener needed a break as players need to be fresh. While addressing his form, Lad stated that just because Sharma isn’t playing well doesn’t mean that he is a bad player.
“Bad performance doesn’t mean Rohit is a bad player. Vacation for him is a good idea as players need to be relaxed after playing continuous cricket and being away from family. Opting out of the SA series is his personal view, but I want him to be mentally relaxed.
Yes, if he would have played, it might have turned out to be a great scoring opportunity for him. Rest, I know his nature. Once he starts practising, he just thinks about cricket. I am sure he will have a big hand to play in the World Cup down-under. But yes, he should have played at least two matches,” said Dinesh Lad, while speaking to India TV.
In the meanwhile, Sharma’s coach also drew light on Virat Kohli’s poor form. When asked about the same. Lad said that almost every cricketer has gone through a lean patch. He felt that Kohli will make a strong comeback. Further on, Lad also said that he wanted Kohli to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 centuries.
“Virat is a wonderful batsman, and I feel he’ll make a strong comeback. Almost every cricketer has had to go through a bad patch – even Vivian Richards and Sunil Gavaskar went through a bad patch.
I think it’s more about mental strength rather than form. He should concentrate on that. Rest he’ll bat well, we can’t talk much about that. I want him to break Sachin’s century record,” he added.