Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has questioned why India captain Rohit Sharma skipped quite a few series earlier this year after the team’s exit from the T20 World Cup 2022. India suffered a forgettable loss to England on Thursday in the semi-final by 10 wickets as Jos Buttler and Alex Hales took apart the bowling and chased the target of 169 with four overs to spare.
A lot of criticism has been leveled at Rohit Sharma and his captaincy, with Ajay Jadeja asking why the Indian skipper decided to rest from various series earlier this year. Speaking on Cricbuzz, as per the quotes in News18, the former cricketer said that as a captain, the Indian opener should have stuck with the side for the entire year. Jadeja was also surprised by the fact that head coach Rahul Dravid wasn’t going to India’s next assignment in New Zealand.
Express his concern Ajay Jadeja said, “I would say one thing which might hurt Rohit Sharma. If you have to make a team as captain, you have to stick with the side for the entire year. How many series did Rohit Sharma play this year? I’m not saying this in hindsight, I’ve been saying this since before. Even in New Zealand, the coach isn’t traveling.”
During the past year, India has also seen cricketers like Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan given the captaincy role in various series and Ajay Jadeja was unhappy with this policy. The former cricketer said that there should only be one leader in the team and multiple ones will make the situation difficult.
After the loss against England, Rohit Sharma said India failed to turn up with the ball on Thursday and said that you can’t teach players how to handle pressure.
Rohit Sharma said, “Yeah absolutely, it is disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted well but we were not at all good with the ball. It wasn’t a total where a team could chase down this total with no wickets. Ah, see I think when it comes to knockout stages, it comes to individuals as well. You cannot teach them to handle pressure. They have all handled it. They have been playing IPL. Some of these guys can handle it.”