“He is looking just that little bit preoccupied – maybe at this stage he is thinking about the WTC [final],” Gavaskar says
Sunil Gavaskar feels Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians and India captain, should take some time off from the ongoing IPL and come back fresh for the last few league games and the subsequent World Test Championship (WTC) final.
“I would like to see some change in the batting order [for Mumbai Indians],” Gavaskar said on Star Sports after Mumbai Indians lost by 55 runs to Gujarat Titans on Tuesday. “Honestly, I would also say that Rohit should maybe also take a break for the time being, and keep himself fit for the World Test Championship [final]. [He can] come back again for the last few matches, but right now, [he should] take a little bit of a breather himself.”
On Tuesday, Rohit was dismissed for 2 (off eight balls), an attempted flick ending up as a leading edge that flew high and into bowler Hardik Pandya’s hands. His form with the bat has been mixed, much like his team’s season. Although they started with successive losses, Mumbai Indians came back to win three in a row before again losing two back-to-back games. While Rohit has scored 181 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 135.07, he has been dismissed between 20 and 45 on four occasions; his highest of 65 – his only fifty this season – came in a Player-of-the-Match performance against Delhi Capitals.