Harbhajan Singh replies, "Rohit Sharma, any day, any time," when asked who he would prefer to bowl to: Rohit or MS Dhoni. "A class player in terms of batting ability, and a very difficult batsman to bowl to... There is no player better than Rohit if he bats from start to finish.
This IPL, Rohit hasn't quite lived up to his words. A score of 1, 21, 65, 20, 28, or 44 is not a bad result, but such criterion only applies to the mortals of shorter stature. The captain of the India national team and Mumbai Indians is expected to perform better.
As they say, Rohit gets the starts, but his conversions have escaped him, and more often than not, as an opener, he is the first batsman to be dismissed, let alone batting until the end as Harbhajan wants. A strike rate of over 142 is healthy, but he needs to start scoring more runs for his team to have any hope of moving up the league standings.
Rohit was observed having a lengthy batting session on Monday night at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where the Mumbai Indians will play the Gujarat Titans on Tuesday night. The captain must be aware that his contribution at the top of the order is appropriate given that he was the only MI hitter at the center wicket.
Six points from six games is a good start for a team that is known for being slow to get going. However, as the league gets halfway through, the four-time champions will look to their captain and some of their bowlers, especially Jofra Archer, to step up. The group got out-batted by Punjab Lords at home in their last game yet the enslavement began whenever they had surrendered more than 200 pursues deciding to bowl.
However, Piyush Chawla, the franchise's season-best bowler with nine wickets in six games, was not to blame for the 214 runs he conceded. He will have an advantage at the Motera, his home ground in domestic cricket. The seasoned legger stated that he is pleased to return to Gujarat, which he has represented for the past six years on the domestic circuit.
"I have been playing cricket for such a long time that any place I go it seems like my home ground just," the leg-break bowler said just before the match. " I have previously played six years for Gujarat. It's a lovely inclination to return home however when you enter the field, you don't contemplate regardless of whether it is the host group. You want to show that you are the best."
Apart from Archer, who appears to have recovered from his elbow injury, Chawla will be the bowler that the Gujarat Titans will be wary of. The season of the defending champions has seen two last-over miracles, one against Lucknow Super Giants and the other against Kolkata Knight Riders. After being blown away by KKR's Rinku Singh, who hit five sixes in the final over, Mohit Sharma helped the Titans take four wickets against LSG in the final over.
"Our most recent victory in Lucknow was a huge victory. We have done very well in cricket. We can work on specific regions. I don't think we need to worry too much right now. "It is going to be a cracker of a game tomorrow," stated Titans coach David Miller, who admittedly is upbeat following the Lucknow jailbreak.
It is anticipated to be a cracker of a game in front of 100,000 people at the Narendra Modi Stadium, as Miller predicted, with two teams that are in good form and packed with power players in all areas.
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