Former India pacer turned commentator Irfan Pathan said that Rohit Sharma has adopted the most aggressive approach among all captains in the ongoing World Cup 2023. However, India have won their first three matches of the ongoing tournament and they are currently placed at the top of the points table, ahead of New Zealand on net run rate as well.
During a discussion on Star Sports, Pathan said: “This is a backfoot punch for four. It is his timing. He is in very good form. The way he is leaving deliveries, it means he is not just coming and playing carelessly in the nets, and just playing the big shots. He is going with full confidence into the practice but is still respecting the balls that need to be respected, but Rohit Sharma has adopted the most aggressive approach among all captains in this World Cup, which is not easy.”
However, Sharma, who was dismissed for a duck in India’s tournament opener against Australia, smashed 131 runs off 84 deliveries in their second match against Afghanistan. He then scored a 63-ball 86 against arch-rivals Pakistan as well. Irfan Pathan also feels Rohit Sharma deserves applause as well.
“We won’t get tired of praising him because he deserves praise considering the responsibility he has shouldered. He is playing shots extremely easily. You might see defensive as well as big shots in practice, but he will keep his attacking approach in the match. All batters and bowlers you saw in practice, they were looking in great control when they were practicing and I was seeing them on the ground as well. They were relaxed and played foot volleyball for half an hour before the Pakistan match,” Irfan Pathan concluded.