On Wednesday, former Indin wicket-keeper batsman, Saba Karim said that Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma must capitalize on his red-hot international form during the upcoming second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, starting from September 19 with the mth between MI and Chennai Super Kings (SK).
During a recent interview on n YouTube channel Khelneeti, Saba Karim said, “There’s a need for improvement in his batting. He’s the captain and the Mumbai Indians are winning trophies under him, that’s a different thing. They have a lot of match-winners so his performances don’t get much attention.”
He further added, “His most important role in the team is as a batsman… This is a peculiar case. Every time he goes to the IPL he’s in brilliant form in international cricket but fails to convert it during the tournament.”
Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with Chennai Super Kings (SK) on September 19 in Dubi.
Talking bout the game, Saba Karim said, “I sometimes feel that a player gets consumed too much into captaincy and it’s possible his focus wavers from batting. If you are a batsman-captain, your first role is to make runs with the bat. Captaincy gets better with the confidence from batting which has happened in Rohit Sharma’s case as well.”
He further added, “However, when you have been captaining for a long time, the focus, preparation, and temperament you need to have there gets disturbed. You tend to think more as a captain on batting and bowling strategies… It’s very important for a captain to have that clarity when he goes out to bat. I expect to see that change in his batting this time, hopefully, it’s not against Delhi Capitals though.”