Former Indian all-rounder and current commentator Irfan Pathan has praised captain Rohit Sharma after the second ODI against New Zealand. Rohit’s bat has not scored a century for the last three years. Irfan Pathan says Rohit’s fifty came at the right time during the Raipur ODI and he is in good touch. During this, he also said that there is no need to worry about Rohit’s form. Let us tell you, after stacking New Zealand for 108 runs in the second ODI, India won that match by 8 wickets and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
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Talking to Star Sports, Irfan Pathan said, ‘I am saying again and again that you should not worry at all about Rohit Sharma’s form. It was his maiden half-century while chasing against New Zealand and it came at the right time. He made only one mistake when the ball hit his pads, LBW appeal, wanted to take DRS but didn’t. But apart from that, he looked in complete control, we saw amazing shots, both on the off side and on the leg side.
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The former T20 World Cup winner further said, ‘The conditions were not easy, they were a bit tough. The ball was moving a bit under the lights. There was no pressure on the scoreboard, but he had to get closer to his half-century. He achieved that record, if he had got a chance he would have scored more runs because he is batting very well. The problem is when you are chasing a low score, you try to hit from the first ball. It was not so. He respected the conditions and then after being set, he played his favorite shots.
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The last match of the series between India and New Zealand is to be played in Indore on Tuesday, 24 January. In this match, Rohit and Co. will be eyeing to clear the dust of the guests.
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