Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has expressed his disappointment at Rohit Sharma’s lack of big scores in IPL 2022. According to him, Rohit is looking in good form but he is somehow unable to contribute. However, Mumbai faced their sixth consecutive defeat in IPL 2022 on Saturday, losing to the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 18 runs where Sharma was dismissed for 6 while he nicked pacer Avesh Khan, trying to play down to the deep third man.
Analyzing Sharma’s poor show with the bat, Manjrekar said on ESPNcricinfo: “Really don’t know what’s happening with Rohit Sharma. When he scores even 20, it seems like the machine is fine. But it suddenly stops working and he gets out. He looks in fine form, but he’s just not been able to perform.”
He again added: “It’s not just about this season. He hasn’t made the kind of impact in the IPL that players like KL Rahul and David Warner have. I don’t know the reason – maybe he is too invested in international cricket. There is no problem with his technique. When you look at Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan, you can see that they are slightly out of form. Rohit is batting well, but the runs are not coming.”
Sanjay Manjrekar also stated that Ishan Kishan’s strike rate in the IPL decreased when he is low on confidence. Mumbai Indians bought him for ₹15.25 crore at the auction. Kishan has scored 191 runs in six matches which came at a strike rate of 117.18. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has managed 114 runs at a strike rate of 129.55 as well.
He elaborated: “I have observed a pattern with Ishan Kishan’s batting. When he is in rhythm, he scores at a strike rate of 150. When the Indian Premier League was being held in Chennai during the first half last season, his strike rate had dropped to 80 for a few games. When he is struggling, he is completely out of form and his strike rate slips below 100.”
Meanwhile, KL Rahul smashed an unbeaten 103 off 60 balls on Saturday. Praising his wonderful knock, Sanjay Manjrekar admitted that it was not his best.
“Wouldn’t consider this Rahul’s best IPL hundred. The bowling was quite weak and Rahul himself will admit it. At the start, it seemed like he would again look to anchor the innings. But once he realized that the pitch is good and the bowling is not great, he attacked the bowling. Even when Rahul is scoring slowly, it is his plan because he wants to bat till the end. It has never been a case of him struggling to score quickly,” Sanjay Manjrekar concluded.