New Delhi.The remaining matches of the Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) will start in the UAE from September 19. Mumbai Indians will face their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings in the first match. Ahead of the start of the second phase of the IPL, former India cricketer Saba Karim has said that Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma needs to perform better with the bat in the tournament. Rohit Sharma will enter the second half of IPL 2021 with a form from his side. The batsman made a brilliant opening for India in the Test match series against England and also registered his first overseas Test century. In the first half of IPL, Rohit Sharma has scored 250 runs in seven matches at an average of 35.71.
Despite Rohit Sharma's stellar performance in England, Saba Karim has expressed concern over Rohit Sharma's batting performance in the IPL. He feels that the Mumbai Indians captain has not been able to replicate his international form in the IPL.
Saba Karim said in an interview given on YouTube channel Khelneeti, "His batting needs improvement. He is the captain and Mumbai Indians winning the trophy under him is a different matter. They have a lot of match-winners, so their performances don't get much attention. His most important role in the team is as a batsman. This is a unique case. Every time he goes to the IPL, he is in great form in international cricket, but fails to convert that during the tournament."
Rohit Sharma has been one of the most successful captains of the Indian Premier League. He has led his team to five titles and has been an important asset to Mumbai Indians. Saba Karim, however, feels that captaincy often affects a player's performance. Rohit Sharma has captained the team for a long time and Karim, who is also serving as a talent scout with Delhi Capitals, said that the responsibility of leading the team has influenced Rohit's batting.
He said, “Sometimes I feel that a player gets too immersed in captaincy and it is possible that his focus may be diverted from batting. If you are a batsman-captain, then your first role is to score runs with the bat. Captaincy is better than batting confidence, which has happened in the case of Rohit Sharma as well.
He further said, “However, when you have been captaining for a long time, then your focus, preparation, and temper can be disturbed. You think more about batting and bowling strategies as a captain. It is very important for a captain to have clarity when he comes out to bat. I hope to see a change in his batting this time around, hopefully, it doesn't happen against Delhi Capitals."
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