Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer tried their best to guide India to a win in the series-decider second ODI against Bangladesh. However, their efforts went in vain as India failed to win and they lost the series as well. While Iyer (82 off 97) played an anchor role throughout the innings, Rohit played with an injured thumb while batting at 9 as well. And, veteran batter Dinesh Karthik said that Rohit has gained massive respect as a leader for batting in injury as well.
Speaking to Cricbuzz after Bangladesh’s famous win over India, Karthik said, “I think the way he has played for a period of time has been phenomenal. He has scored 700-plus runs just this year and you can see the confidence. One Day International cricket is something right up his alley, he likes the fact that he can take a few balls and then start launching. Terrific player of spin and the fact that these days every time he walks in, they test him with short balls and he is coming good, almost every game.”
While talking more about Shreyas Iyer, Karthik opined that the youngster needs to consistently finish games for the Indian team like run-machine Virat Kohli as well. However, Iyer surpassed Shikhar Dhawan and became Team India’s leading ODI run-getter in 2022 as well, scoring over 720 runs in 16 matches for India this year.
“Yes, he had the odd failure which could be due to a short ball but every time he crosses that you can see he is a man on a mission and he wants to be there for the team at the end. He looked good in this knock, he dominated right through the time he was batting. Yes, wickets fell around him but he didn’t give up and I really like that about him. He almost took India to a place where – I think it was safe but if you want to make your name as a player, you want to make a name like what Virat Kohli has done over the years, these are the games that you wanna be 120-130 not out, that is a big difference,” Karthik further added.
“You want to stay not out in the chases and be the guy who takes the country home. That is something he would genuinely miss today. Scoring 82 looks good, and feels good, but it is only when you cross the line – being a middle-order batter and winning such games. When you start doing consistently, you the get the feeling that teams fear you,” Dinesh Karthik concluded.