Srinagar: Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar questioned Team India skipper Rohit Sharma for coming into bat late against Bangladesh in the second ODI.
Rohit, nursing a dislocated left thumb walked out to bat with India in trouble, still needing 64 to win off 44 balls, and nearly pulled it off. Walking in at No. 9, Rohit scored half-century off just 27 balls and brought the equation down to 12 off 2 balls.
“Everybody knows the quality and class of the man. And the thing now, when India came so close, is why did he not come in to bat earlier. If he was going to bat at No. 9, then he should have batted at No. 7,” Gavaskar said on Sony Sports Network after Bangladesh clinched the series with a five-run win.
Chasing 272 to win, India were jolted early and were reduced to 65/4 before a century stand worth 107 between Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel brought India back in the game with both batters peeling off respective half-centuries.
Gavaskar opined that had Rohit walked in a little earlier, it would have allowed the remaining batter to play a little more patiently, more so Axar, who played a rash stroke and got out.
“What that could have done is, I think, Axar Patel would have played differently. Axar thought that maybe Rohit Sharma won’t bat, and therefore he played that shot. At that stage, there was no need to play that shot. Axar was batting so well, he was picking the ball well, and had he continued, you never know, the outcome could have been different. At No. 9, he almost got India to a memorable win so had he come to bat at 7, India would have had a much better chance,” Gavaskar added.