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“I am not concerned as long as India are finding different heroes” – Sanjay Manjrekar on Virat Kohli’s poor form
By SMCS - Jun 26, 2024 10:00 am
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Veteran commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has said that he’s not too worried about star Team India batter Virat Kohli’s batting form at the 2024 T20 World Cup. He added how the Indian team have found new heroes in every match at the mega event. However, Kohli was dismissed for a five-ball duck in the Super 8 match between India and Australia on Monday, June 24.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli got some start

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar said: “I am not concerned as long as India are finding different heroes. Today, we found Rohit Sharma. I like how Shivam Dube is also chipping in. I know towards the end his innings lost a bit of steam, but I like the fact that he was trying to play with soft hands against Josh Hazlewood. So, I see growth in all the other players and that’s what you want in a team.”

Discussing Rohit Sharma’s blistering knock, Sanjay Manjrekar stated that the Indian captain’s main aim was not to bat for a long time but to give a flying start.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma smashed a huge six

“Selfless is the greatest quality that he has as a leader. As batter, big name player, and there’s always spotlight and expectation, and he’s not worried about that, even when he wasn’t getting the big scores. He’s not out there to get a big score; he’s just out there to make sure he gives the right amount of momentum to that Indian innings,” he added. “There’s some talk and some sceptics saying is Suryakumar Yadav, that great player that he is, the 360-degree batter, on slightly tricking pitches big teams? I think he’s proven both of those facts.”

“One ball today by a medium pacer that was outside the off stump finished at square-leg for four. That is what Suryakumar Yadav does, and when that happens, just imagine the psyche of the bowler. Then, a bowler pitches the ball up, and on a pitch where the ball wasn’t coming as much and the pace was taken off, he hits one over long-off for a six,” Sanjay Manjrekar concluded.