Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were not at their best against Pakistan on Sunday. Both batters were unable to get a partnership rolling in the terrifically significant match on Sunday in the T20 World Cup 2022. After Rahul got out at 4, Indian captain Rohit went with the same pattern soon and India were left reeling at 10-2 in 3.2 overs while pursuing 160. Their prompt excusals put massive squeeze on the middle order and the required run rate climbed up. They soon lost Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel at only 31-4 in 6.1 overs.
India, however, managed to win courtesy the heroics of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya who scored a record 113-run partnership. However, the win by men in blue, didn’t stop cricket experts from raising red flag about India’s openers in the very start of the tournament.
Former Pakistani speed master Shoaib Akhtar was critical of India’s openers for their inability to build a partnership. He criticized KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma for their extra cautious approach during the match against Pakistan.
“India’s openers are looking intimidated and scared. Rohit needs to calm down as a captain, his batting is bearing the brunt of it. KL Rahul is getting trapped because of his extra focused approach, he shouldn’t do so” Shoaib Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
India will face off against Netherlands in their second match of the tournament on October 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.