Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has remarked that the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who went back to the pavilion without giving much trouble to the scorers against Pakistan, seem to be not confident enough to play aggressively at the T20 World Cup 2022. Although Rohit and Rahul made little impact, Virat Kohli grabbed most of the limelight by helping India to register a famous victory.
After restricting Pakistan to 159/8 in India’s recent ICC World T20 encounter at the MCG, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma did not help the men in blue to get a decent start. While Rahul was dismissed by Naseem Shah in the second over, Rohit lost his wicket a few minutes later, to Haris Rauf. Both the openers scored four runs each before returning to the pavilion, leading India to be on the verge of a humiliating defeat.
India was once reeling at 31/4 until Virat Kohli stepped up and turned the tide for India. Kohli and Hardik Pandya stitched a 110-run stand for the fifth wicket for revival, and then the former and R Ashwin did the rest to take their side past the finishing line on the last ball of the contest.
Despite their defeat, former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar was bothered about the batting approach of Rohit and Rahul. Akhtar opined both Rahul and Rohit are failing to live up to the expectations due to different reasons, and also suggested what needs to be done.
In the video on his Youtube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said, “India’s openers looked intimidated and scared. Rohit needs to calm down as a captain, his batting is bearing the brunt of it. KL Rahul is getting trapped because of his extra focused approach, he shouldn’t do so.”
India will now be locking horns with the Netherlands at the CSG on October 27 while Pakistan will go up against Zimbabwe after that on the same date.