Recently, Rohit Sharma displayed his dominance against the West Indies bowlers, delivering a scorching performance in the second and final Test of the bilateral series. In this thrilling encounter at Queen’s Park Oval, the seasoned opener not only hammered his fastest Test half-century but also set numerous records alongside Team India’s exhilarating innings, adopting a style reminiscent of Bazball. This approach led to India achieving the fastest team 100 in Test cricket during that time.
Kapil Dev, the legendary Indian cricketer, advocates for this dynamic approach to be embraced by more teams in Test cricket. Intriguingly, the captain who led India to victory in the 1983 World Cup also shared his perspective on the current Indian skipper. According to Kapil Dev, Rohit should amplify his aggressiveness as the captain of the Indian team.
“Bazball is wonderful. The series between England and Australia was one of the finest series I have seen in recent times. I think cricket should be played like that. Rohit is good. But he must be more aggressive. You have to think about how teams like England play now. And it’s not just us. All cricket-playing countries have to think on those lines. Winning the game should be the highest priority (not play for draws) for all teams,” expressed Kapil Dev in an interview with TimesofIndia.
Kapil Dev also underscores the importance of established batsmen, like Rohit and Kohli, actively participating in domestic cricket. “Domestic cricket is most important. How many domestic matches has Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma or any of the other top players played in recent times? I think the top players must play a decent amount of domestic matches so that it helps the next generation of players,” Kapil Dev emphasized.
In a surprising development, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were omitted from Team India’s forthcoming series against Ireland in the United Kingdom. Jasprit Bumrah, the fast-bowling sensation, will lead the squad in Rohit’s absence during his return series against Ireland.
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Following their rest from the T20I series against Ireland and the West Indies, Kohli and Rohit will resume their leadership roles, spearheading the Men In Blue’s batting lineup at the Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka. The much-anticipated tournament will commence with India, led by Rohit Sharma, taking on arch-rivals Pakistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on September 2.