Former England spinner Graeme Swann has come out in assist of Rohit Sharma following Mumbai Indians’ fifth successive defeat within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The five-time champions have regarded solely down and out thus far and a few extra defeats would finish their probabilities of qualifying for the playoffs. With MI enduring such a horrendous marketing campaign, Rohit’s captaincy has additionally come below the scanner.
On Wednesday (April 13), the Rohit Sharma-led aspect misplaced to Mayank Agarwal’s Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 12 runs on the MCA Stadium in Pune. A number of followers and consultants criticized Rohit for not rotating the bowlers correctly as PBKS posted 198/5 whereas batting first. Notably, MI fielded 5 correct bowlers within the sport however even that didn’t assist the Males in Blue and Gold.
Talking on the identical, Swann reckoned MI have been let down by their bowlers and criticizing Rohit received’t be honest. The 43-year-old additional stated that in addition to Jasprit Bumrah’s stellar spell, the remainder of the MI bowlers have been nicely beneath par in opposition to PBKS.
Shouldn’t assume if was Rohit Sharma’s fault: Graeme Swann
“I’m not completely satisfied that Rohit Sharma’s captaincy is questioned right here, in any respect (97-run opening stand and PBKS scoring 198). I believe the bowlers are low on confidence. There’s a large distinction between a captain who can throw the ball to his bowlers, who can completely hit a size,” Swann stated on Star Sports activities.
“Till Jasprit Bumrah got here on and bowled a superb spell within the center overs, the Mumbai bowlers have been nicely below-par. So don’t, for one second, begin pondering it’s Rohit’s fault. Everyone he turned to bowled badly within the first 10 overs. That’s how it’s,” he added.
It have to be famous that Rohit is now India’s all-format captain and duties have elevated on his shoulders. Therefore, many reckon that the identical has taken a toll on him mentally. Former Indian batter Sanjay Manjrekar even believes Rohit would possibly hand over MI captaincy to Kieron Pollard halfway by means of the season to focus on his batting.