Rohan Gavaskar feels that Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul will need to follow the same batting template Team India displayed in the first T20I against South Africa. However, this team didn’t get the service of the aforesaid player and Rishabh Pant is leading the Indian side which has posted a huge total of 211/4 on the board after being asked to bat first in the first match. Almost everyone played an attacking brand of cricket from the beginning and did not take much time to set their eyes in as well.
During an interaction on Sports 18, Rohan Gavaskar said: “I think they need to and having said that, I think they have the ability to do it. When you talk about Virat and Rohit, you are talking about the greats of this generation, absolutely chock-full of talent and ability, it’s just the mindset. It’s just a generational thing.”
Rohan Gavaskar continued, “This has happened throughout cricket. If you look at ODIs in the mid-80s, 220 could be a match-winning score. Now you see 200 gets chased down in T20 cricket. You look at this T20 squad of ours, most of the batters would have started playing T20 cricket in the last five or six years.”
However, KL Rahul has often come under the scanner for his defensive approach, especially in the powerplay overs. Kohli and Rohit also struggled in the recently-concluded IPL 2022.
Absolutely loved it. That’s what is going to be the template for T20 cricket from now on. When you have a look at the Indian innings, forget Dinesh Karthik because he played only a couple of deliveries, but Shreyas Iyer had the lowest strike rate and it was in the mid-130s. Now, that’s a phenomenal T20 innings. In fact, I will go as much as to say that our T20 innings was better than the South African T20 innings, even though South Africa won. This is how you want your team to play. South Africa won simply because they had an outstanding performance from David Miller. But as a template, ours was top-notch,” he concluded.