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If you don’t score 50 in 14 games, questions will be raised: Kapil Dev on Rohit Sharma’s form

CricketIf you don't score 50 in 14 games, questions will be raised: Kapil Dev on Rohit Sharma's form

Srinagar: Former Inida World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev has raised questions over India skipper Rohit Sharma’s form as the later is going through a lean patch.

Rohit Sharma who was rested for the T20I series against South Africa at home, looks to start afresh and get runs under his belt. 

In the first four Test matches in England, he had amassed 368 runs in 4 Tests, including a hundred and two fifties. But his recent batting numbers speak otherwise.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev has also questioned Rohit’s lean patch,.

 “It’s hard to know today who has been rested or asked to be rested. Only selectors will know about this,” Kapil said on UnCut.

“The player (Rohit) is brilliant, no question about that. But if you don’t score a fifty in 14 matches, questions will be raised, be it Gary Sobers, Don Bradman, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar or Viv Richards. Only Rohit can answer that what’s happening. Is it too much (cricket) or has he stopped enjoying it?”

“Players like Rohit and Virat (Kohli) should enjoy the game. How they feel is very important (for their performances).”

Like Rohit, Virat Kohli also witnessed a subdued IPL season where he recorded three golden ducks. He averaged 22.73 across the tournament, his lowest since the 2010 season.

“You have to score runs (to get back in form). You cannot go too far based on reputation alone. Eventually, the opportunities will get dried up. How many chances would you need after 14 games? Can’t understand why they’re rested. If dropped, where they will get a chance to play then? It’s quite difficult to see how they play now,” Kapil further said.

“He (Kohli) is like a hero to us. We used to think if there would come a player who we can compare to Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, and Sachin Tendulkar. We never thought like that. Then he (Kohli) emerged onto the scene. Now, the comparison is gone (for the past two years). He will have to address his cricket mentally,” he added.

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