Former India cricketer Saba Karim said that Rohit Sharma has played a big role in India adopting a new batting approach in T20 cricket. While speaking on India News Sports, he stated that Rohit Sharma has led by example in playing aggressively right from the start. The veteran has also suggested that other players have followed their captain quite well in batting. He also added that Rohit has now changed his game and wants to have a healthy strike rate right from the beginning as well.
Saba Karim said, “The transition that we have seen in India’s approach, and that is because of Rohit Sharma. The way he has changed his mindset, it has given the message to other batters that they will also need to play in this fashion. This is both the team and Rohit’s vision. The strike rate of the batters has improved because Rohit has led by example. Earlier, he used to take his time initially and would accelerate in the latter stages. But now, his approach is to play with a strike rate of over 140 right from the first ball.”
While speaking about Team India’s upcoming Asia Cup match against Pakistan, Saba Karim claimed that it will be important for Rohit Sharma to give the team a good start as well. The former national selector opined on the fact that while Rohit Sharma has played a big role in India’s last few wins over Pakistan, the other batters have also contributed well to the success of the team as well.
“You cannot depend on just one player to win the match. Rohit Sharma’s contribution is going to be key, as a good start will do wonders for India. But it’s just a coincidence that India have only beaten Pakistan when Rohit has scored runs. There have been times when other batters have also performed well to help India win. He has the added responsibility of captaincy this time. The confidence of the team increases significantly when the skipper scores runs,” Saba Karim concluded.