IPL 2024
Michael Clarke Analyzes Rohit Sharma’s Batting Form Slump
By CricShots - May 7, 2024 3:24 pm
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The recent dip in form for Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma has sparked concern among fans and cricket pundits alike. After a blazing start to the IPL 2024, scoring 261 runs in the first six matches at an impressive average of 52.20 and a blistering strike rate of 167.31, Sharma’s batting has hit a roadblock. His scores in the last six outings paint a worrying picture: 6, 8, 4, 11, 4, and 4.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

In MI’s most recent match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sharma’s poor run continued as he fell for a meagre 4 off 5 deliveries. Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke weighed in on Sharma’s dismissal, highlighting the element of chance involved. He pointed out a similar leading edge from Suryakumar Yadav that cleared the ropes for a maximum, while Rohit’s identical shot resulted in his downfall.

“How many times do you see that exact ball go for six though? It happened to SKY [Suryakumar Yadav],” Michael Clarke said on Star Sports Cricket Live. “The exact same ball, exact same shot, except these went for six, Rohit gets out.”

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Michael Clarke acknowledged that Sharma’s dip in form might be due to fatigue. As the Indian captain and a vital cog in the MI batting lineup, a break to recharge seems unlikely. However, Clarke expressed confidence in Sharma’s ability to overcome this challenge.

“Rohit, being the wise judge of his own performances, will undoubtedly be disappointed,” Michael Clarke continued. “In my view, he might be feeling a bit fatigued as well. A break to freshen up could do wonders for him, but as the Indian captain and a key player for Mumbai Indians, you’re not getting a break. So, he’s going to have to find form.”

 

Michael Clarke further delved into Sharma’s batting technique, suggesting a focus on timing rather than forcing shots. He observed Sharma’s net practice session before the previous match and noticed no apparent issues with timing.

“He doesn’t seem to be struggling with his timing; it’s just a matter of getting out,” Michael Clarke observed. “With someone like Rohit, it’s only a matter of time before he finds his form again. Hopefully, he stresses less and focuses on his game because he’s too talented to keep missing out. He’s at his best when he’s timing the ball, rather than trying to force it.”

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While Rohit Sharma’s lack of runs is a concern, MI received a much-needed boost from Hardik Pandya. Though his batting services weren’t needed due to Suryakumar Yadav’s magnificent century, Pandya displayed exceptional bowling prowess against Hyderabad. He bagged three crucial wickets for just 31 runs, showcasing his ability to contribute effectively with the ball.

Michael Clarke applauded Pandya’s return to form, emphasizing the importance of all-round performance for his overall cricketing success.

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Michael Clarke

“In the last couple of games, he’s been taking wickets with his bowling, making some adjustments along the way,” Michael Clarke noted. “For an all-rounder, success in one department boosts confidence across the board. This aspect is crucial for Hardik Pandya’s cricket in any format – he needs to contribute with the ball. Initially, he didn’t bowl as much as expected or desired in the first half of this tournament. However, in the last three or four games, he’s returned to form.”

With the crucial T20 World Cup fast approaching, the form of both Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya is of national interest. While Rohit’s batting slump demands immediate attention, Clarke remains optimistic about his ability to bounce back. On the other hand, Pandya’s resurgence with the ball offers a positive outlook for the Indian team.

MI’s upcoming matches will be a chance for both Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya to redeem themselves and silence their critics. As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on these two star players to see if they can rediscover their peak form and lead their team to victory.