Irfan Pathan anticipates that Rohit Sharma would employ the same aggressive strategy for the Indian Premier League 2024 that he did for the One-Day International World Cup in 2023.
In preparation for the Indian Premier League 2024 auction, the Mumbai Indians (MI) acquired Hardik Pandya from the Gujarat Titans (GT) through a deal. After that, they decided to replace Rohit, who had led them to all five of their Indian Premier tournament titles, with the Baroda all-rounder as their captain for the forthcoming edition of the coveted tournament.
A question was posed to Pathan on Star Sports on whether or not Rohit will have more freedom to play in the Indian Premier League 2024 now that he is no longer the captain. Pathan responded by saying:
Is it possible that he did not have the constraints on captaincy during the 50-over World Cup? Indeed, they were present, and he displayed an incredible strike rate while playing. I do not believe that whether or not you have the captaincy will make a difference. The strategy that he has been using for the past few moments will be the deciding factor in this situation. In my opinion, he will continue to follow that model.
It was pointed out by the former India all-rounder that Rohit’s new strategy has now begun to pay off for him in a significant way. He elaborated as follows:
The template was obtained by him after a period of time that was close to one and a half years. When Rohit Sharma was younger, he would take his time for the first two or three overs of the match, and then he would start running quickly. Over the course of the past two years, he has accepted responsibility and made a commitment to himself that he will run quickly from the very beginning, and he has already begun to see the effects of his efforts.
Over the course of 11 matches of the 2023 World Cup, Rohit amassed 597 runs while maintaining an impressive strike rate of 125.94. He finished as the tournament’s second-highest run-scorer, behind only Virat Kohli, who accumulated 765 runs in as many games with a strike rate of 90.31. This impressive accomplishment was accomplished despite the fact that he took an aggressive strategy.
“Rohit Sharma is not a character who wants captaincy” It is Irfan Pathan.
It was asserted by Irfan Pathan that Rohit Sharma does not pursue the position of captain. According to what he said, “Rohit Sharma is not a character who hopes to become captain.” He does not place a great deal of importance on these things. There, in South Africa, he was the captain of the team that lost the first test match. However, Rohit Sharma showed up for practice the following day, while two other young players did not.
The cricketer-turned-commentator was further quoted as saying that the former Mumbai Indians captain’s sole objective is to perform to the best of his abilities for as long as he continues to play. He went into further detail:
“He has a really strong concentration. He is stating that he intends to conclude his career by playing good cricket at the highest level, regardless of whether he is playing for India or the Mumbai Indians. He will continue to play cricket for as many years as he can. It might very well be two or three years. His supporters will wish for him to continue playing for the rest of his life, but that is not the case.
Over the course of the past two seasons of the Indian Premier League, Rohit has struggled with his batting, averaging 19.14 and 20.75 runs per innings in 2022 and 2023, respectively. When it comes to the Indian Premier League 2024, he would want to give a better account of himself, particularly if he has aspirations of playing India in the Twenty20 World Cup later on this year.