Indian captain Rohit Sharma injured
Indian captain Rohit Sharma injured his right forearm during practice at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma’s injury ahead of Thursday’s T20 World Cup semi-final against England is seen as a major blow for the men.
Rohit Sharma was batting in the nets during optional practice when throwdown specialist Raghu’s ball hit him on the right forearm.
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Immediately, Rohit Sharma was writhing in pain before calling off his practice session. Subsequently, ice was applied to his forearm.
Paddy Upton, the physical conditioning coach who arrived on the field later, examined the area where the ball had struck. Rohit Sharma tried to bat briefly again on the advice of Paddy Upton, but was unable to hit the ball with his injured arm and left for the dressing room.
Although there has been no official statement on the extent of the injury, Rohit Sharma’s injury will be a major setback for the 2007 champions if the Indian skipper misses the semi-final against England.
Notably, the Nagpur-born cricket star has not lived up to expectations and has scored just 89 runs in five matches in the T20 World Cup, scoring a solo half-century against the Netherlands in India’s second game in the tournament.
In recent days, criticism of Rohit Sharma’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup has increased, with former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and retired opener Akash Chopra slamming him for not giving the team a good start against the opposition.
“How he got out while playing a pull shot. He places it well, scores runs but is out. Especially when talking about Australian stadiums, boundaries are huge. If he can control that particular shot, he has a wide range of shots. Even if he stays for 10 overs we can easily score 80-90 runs. He needs to play longer,” Sunil Gavaskar told India Today.
“We all know Rohit Sharma’s class and hope he returns to his form and scores runs in the last two matches. He started the concept only to make the most of six powerplay overs. He gets out when trying to do that,” the legendary batter added.
Former India opener Akash Chopra also made harsh comments about Rohit Sharma’s form in the Down Under Elite T20I tournament.
Also, Rohit Sharma’s dismissal at least twice while playing his trademark pull shot has worried fans and pundits of the Indian cricket team.
Unlike on previous occasions, when the Indian captain got the measure of the Australian pitches, he couldn’t decide on the bounce of the balls and fell prey to the short pitch stuff.
Additionally, he looked very scratchy at the top and his poor scores put more pressure on the likes of Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav to deliver.
“Once again no runs from Rohit Sharma’s bat. Let us not deceive ourselves. All of us Indian fans, when we talk about Babar and Tempa not scoring runs, we also have to say that Rohit didn’t score runs,” Akash Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
Akash Chopra elaborated, “He has scored a half-century in five matches, and that was a scratchy fifty, and there was a dropped catch, and that was the fifty against the Netherlands. Here too, you get out, you try to pull a short ball, and a fielder is standing in the deep, and that’s a problem,” elaborated Akash Chopra.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma made a big statement about India’s semi-final against England, warning his teammates to adapt quickly as the Three Lions look to play an aggressive brand of cricket.
“Our main thing (about the clash against England) is to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. We played a game there recently but England will be a good challenge for us. They are playing good cricket. It will be a match between two teams against each other. We don’t want to forget what got us here, stick to it and understand what each individual has to do,” Rohit Sharma said after India’s win over Zimbabwe on Sunday.
“It’s going to be a high-pressure game. We have to play well. If we play well there, we can expect a good game. You have to adjust quickly and plan accordingly. They (the fans) have been smart, come and watch us. Almost everywhere we’ve gone, we’ve got a full house. .Half