India’s current captain and right-handed batter Rohit Sharma undoubtedly has played some marvelous innings in his international career and is the only player who has scored three double centuries in ODI cricket, but in recent years the number of centuries has been dropped significantly, which has impacted his average in international cricket. Though his strike rate has improved, Rohit Sharma, in a recent conversation with PTI, revealed the change he has made in his batting technique due to which there has been a dip in his number of centuries over the last few years. Rohit has started batting in a more aggressive manner than earlier.
Rohit Sharma last scored a century in an ODI in January 2020 against Australia, and since then a century drought has hit him. He mentioned that it is due to his more risk-taking batting technique as he was trying to add something new to his batting style and this was his choice to do so.
“I wanted to take more risks, which is why my numbers are slightly different now. My (ODI) strike-rate (during this period) has increased but the average has dipped a bit. This is exactly what our batting coach (Vikram Rathour) was telling me, ‘You have scored big runs because of the way you batted all these years and in the last few years, it (big runs) has not happened because you are taking risk”Rohit Sharma told PTI
Rohit Sharma in the ODI format has scored 150+ runs eight times in the ODI format, the most by any batter in the ODI format, and he also admitted while talking that he wanted to score such big runs again but without compromising with his new batting technique. There is no one who suggested he play like this; it was his personal choice; in fact, he talked to the management about that.
“My career strike-rate is around 90 (89.97) but in past couple of years, if you look at my scores and take the strike-rate into consideration, it has been around 105-110. So somewhere you had to compromise. It is not possible to have a 55 average and a 110 strike-rate”He added
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