Problems with India's T20 World Cup preparations

Indian captain Rohit Sharma is 2 sixes away to become the leading six hitter in T20 internationals. Currently, this record is held by New Zealand star batsman Martin Guptill.

Most sixes in T20 Men’s International cricket:

Martin Guptill (NZ) – 172

Rohit Sharma (IND) – 171

Chris Gayle (WI) – 124

Eoin Morgan (ENG) – 120

Aaron Finch (AUS) – 117

Rohit will have a golden opportunity to have this record on his name in next assignment of Indian cricket team when they will play a three match T20 series against Australia starting from 20th September. While New Zealand is also set to play a tri-nation series in their home conditions starting from 6th October, but Martin Guptill’s inclusion in the sqaud for tri series and T20 World cup is bit doubtful due to his poor form lately.

Rohit was in fine form in Asia cup and played some blistering knocks. His most recent T20I innings in the Asia cup against Srilanka was an brilliant example of India persisting with their new style of batting. This change in batting approach from Rohit and Indian team was observed since India’s early exit from the last T20 World cup as the below stats suggest.

From January 2019 to until the end of the last T20 World Cup in UAE in November 2021, Rohit’s first-ten-balls strike rate was 119.6. Although that was higher than his first-ten-balls strike rate of 108.20 from his T20I debut in September 2007 to December 2018, it was still not good enough.

However, since July this year, Rohit has fired all guns blazing from ball one, with that strike rate climbing to 153.60 – third best among the openers who have played at least five T20 International innings against current Full-Member nations, he is only behind England’s Jos Buttler (169) and Ireland’s Paul Stirling (166).

India will hope Rohit Sharma sustains his aggressive approach when a world title is on the line in Australia.

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