Did Rohit Sharma’s heroic innings against Bangladesh only happen because he was under no pressure?

Rohit Sharma

(Cricket news) India lost the 2nd ODI against Bangladesh by 5 runs. It was an underwhelming performance by team India but in the midst of it was a heroic innings by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma injured his thumb while taking a catch at the beginning of the first innings. He was visibly injured and was taken to the hospital for further scans as vice captain KL Rahul took charge. The skipper came back after getting stitches and a couple of injections. Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting and it looked like Rohit will not come to bat.

However when India lost all their batters while still needing 65 runs, Rohit Sharma came out to bat. He had Deepak Chahar at the other end who was also struggling with a hamstring issue. Chahar was dismissed soon which is when Rohit let loose and started playing his shots. He scored an unbeaten 51 off just 28 balls hitting 3 fours and 5 sixes. He took India ever so close to victory but in the end fell 5 runs short. Rohit Sharma has been struggling with form but this innings even with an injured thumb looked really good.

Rohit Sharma hasn’t looked himself ever since he took over as full time captain but in this innings he was like the old Rohit Sharma. The reason for that could be because he had nothing to lose when he came out to bat and there was no pressure on him or expectations from him. That allowed him to play freely which is something he hasn’t done presumably because of captaincy.

There is a good chance that Rohit feels the fear of losing his wicket which isn’t ideal. Rahul Dravid and his team need to have a look at it and make sure that Rohit plays his natural game which makes him more likely to perform at the highest level. The Indian skipper has been ruled out of the 3rd ODI and is a big doubt for the Test series which is a massive concern.

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