The Indian team is about to lock horns with West Indies in a format where the latter are considered mighty.
Guess, the lamest clue is that it’s the format where Windies have lifted two world titles.
The first of the five-match T20I series begins shortly on at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad.
And needless to say, if you’ve followed even a tiny bit of the ODI’s that ended not too long ago, you’d know the West Indies would be under a lot of pressure and would hope for a strong comeback.
Here’s why. The Shikhar Dhawan led Indian cricket team already whitewashed (3-0) them in the ODI series at their home turf. But are their troubles over? Is more pressure headed their way?
Rohit Sharma would also hope for a strong comeback after missing out on the ODI series as numbers are in favor of Hit-Man against two-time T20I world champions.
Sharma scored his last T20I half-century in Nov 2021 against New Zealand and also he went through a rough phase in IPL 2022, could not score even a single fifty in 14 innings.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has already scored 585 runs including one century and four fifties in 18 T20I matches against Windies. His average against the Windies is north of 39.
That only means the Windies bowlers, not the greatest masters of disciplined line and length, are poised to have a tough time. That’s unless they suddenly manage a way to erase the Hitman from the crease without much ado. But can that actually happen? Will that happen? Questions there are many, but answers are too few.
Having said that, let’s dive into the question of what makes Rohit such a dangerous customer in the game’s shortest format.
Rohit has been a key player for the Indian team in every format of the game because of his ability to understand the tough game situations and ability to hit the ball out of the park whenever bowlers opt to bowl a bouncer or short ball. He just loves to pull the ball nine out of ten times with full confidence in sending the ball to the stands and that’s what makes Sharma one of the most dangerous hard-hitting batters in the world.
He’s not someone like Rishabh Pant, who would come and try to hit a six/four on a first ball and give away his wicket. Rohit Sharma loves to spend some time on a pitch and looks to finish the innings with a huge hundred every time he comes to the crease, even in T20 format.
We understand that Rohit Sharma has been struggling as a batter like Virat Kohli for a long time. That’s what makes Rohit Sharma so dangerous because he knows how to tackle these tough situations and how to come out of them.
We really hope for a neck and neck battle between the West Indies bowlers and the Hitman. Also, we would love to hear back from you as well, why Rohit Sharma could be a nightmare for WI bowlers in the five-match T20I series.