Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul© AFP
For a cricket powerhouse like India, an ICC trophy has been eluding them since 2013. The final time India received an ICC occasion – the 2013 Champions Trophy – MS Dhoni was nonetheless the captain. Now, Rohit Sharma is main the group. After 4 wins within the 5 matches, India completed on prime of Group 2 to qualify for the semi-final, the place they face England on Thursday. Nonetheless, Rohit Sharma hasn’t fairly carried out in response to expectation. Barring a half-century towards Netherlands, he did not strike massive towards Pakistan (4), South Africa (15), Bangladesh (2) and Zimbabwe (15). Rohit’s fellow opener KL Rahul is in higher kind with two half-centuries up to now, however he too did not go massive within the first three video games.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has mentioned that the duo performs in an “old style” manner. “You must say they’ve underperformed in world tournaments. At occasions they’ve performed some timid cricket with the bat for the gamers they’ve and when working for Sky final summer season their former coach Ravi Shastri mentioned that’s one thing they’ve to vary,” Hussain wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
“Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul do play in a barely old style manner within the first few overs however that has suited India on this match as a result of the ball has moved round at the beginning. India must be extra dynamic if they’re going to win World Cups and that’s the place Suryakumar Yadav — or SKY as he’s identified — has been so vital.”
Hussain was effusive in his reward for Suryakumar, who has scored 225 runs in 5 video games on the T20 World Cup.
“India’s dynamism will come at three and 4 the place Virat Kohli remains to be the grasp and now has a substantial apprentice in SKY. I do not suppose I’ve ever seen a greater white-ball innings than the one Kohli performed towards Pakistan within the group stage at Melbourne. The way in which he paced his innings in addition to a number of the photographs he performed on the finish — like hitting Haris Rauf straight again over his head for six — had been exceptional. Any skilled cricketer watching that on TV would have sat up and simply mentioned ‘wow!'” Hussain wrote.
That is the fourth time that India have entered the semi-final of the T20 World Cup. They’ve received the match solely as soon as in 2007.
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