Aakash Chopra has said that Rohit Sharma’s numbers in important games like ICC knockout games are a matter of concern for India. Rohit scored a 28-ball 27 in India’s T20 World Cup semifinal defeat against England on Thursday in Adelaide and India managed to set a below-par 169-run target and eventually lost by ten wickets as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Rohit Sharma’s numbers trouble you slightly. We went deep to see where the problems exist, whether it is the story only in ICC events or elsewhere also. We went through the IPL knockout games as well to check where the numbers are going bad. 2014 World Cup semi-final – 24 runs, and 29 runs in the final. 34 runs in the 2015 ODI World Cup semifinal. The 2016 T20 World Cup semifinal was good – scored 43 runs off 31 balls.”
Aakash Chopra opined on Rohit’s poor performances in knockout games in the last five years as well. However, he was the highest run scorer in the 2019 ODI World Cup with 648 runs, which also included five centuries in the league phase as well but he managed just one run in the semifinal defeat to New Zealand.
“Champions Trophy – 0, 2019 ODI World Cup semi-final – 1. He scored five centuries in that, the entire World Cup was his but scored only one run in the semifinal. Thirty-odd in both innings of the WTC final and here (2022 semifinal) he scored 27 runs. It means he hasn’t scored a half-century in any knockout game, whichever he has played since 2014. That’s a worrying bit. If we see IPL knockout games, it is a huge list, we went till 2009, and I am seeing only two half-centuries – one in the 2015 final and the other in the 2020 final which they won,” Aakash Chopra concluded.