Harbhajan Singh on Virat & Rohit’s Future
After India’s lackluster performance in all of the international events, they have participated in over the past one to two years, there has been a lot of discussion about Rohit and Kohli’s futures in the short format of the game.
Harbhajan Singh, a former off-spinner for India, believes that the Indian team’s strategy needs to change whether or not the top three players, Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul, and Virat Kohli, decide to continue playing through the 2024 World Cup.
India’s top three batsmen are usually in a consistent pattern, which has hindered the team’s prospects of getting off to a quick start in the powerplay. India has had trouble putting up massive totals against batting-heavy teams for going hard at the top on calm batting surfaces. One outstanding instance of that was the semifinal matchup with England.
Harbhajan Singh’s comments on their future
“The approach has to change in the T20 format. The first six overs are important. If that doesn’t happen you will be dependent on Hardik or Surya for scoring 50 off 20. If they don’t fire, you will end up with a below-par total.”
“England changed their approach and they have won two World Cups. T20 has to be played like T20, not like ODIs. All the top three (Rohit, Virat, KL) need to do is increase their strike rate. It is tough when you bat at 110 or 120 strikes and try to make 180. They have to score at least 9 runs per over in the first 10-12 overs.”
When asked about the future of Rohit and Virat, he said that “I am no one to comment whether they would want to play or not. They are quality players if they can remain fit why not, provided the approach is different? Players can’t be changed overnight, the approach has to change.”
Talking about new captain Hardik Pandya and whether he should continue as a captain then he stated “If it happens, Hardik is the right option.”
Harbhajan’s on this Participation in the Abu Dhabi league
Harbhajan Singh will be playing in the Abu Dhabi T10 competition this year. Even though he has not been in good touch. He will be part of the Abu Dhabi T10 competition talking about this he said “I am really excited. Don’t know how many games I will play. It is a good format and shorter format compared to T20s. It is a faster format and good for the fans. Going forward, it could be something very big.”