Sunil Gavaskar identifies the main obstacle facing the India skipper in South Africa as "Rohit Sharma will have to change."

  • Dec. 25, 2023, 1:01 p.m.

Former India captain Virat Kohli broke numerous records to become the tournament's all-time top run scorer at the end of the ICC World Cup 2023. Mohammed Shami, an experienced Indian bowler, too wrote history with his explosive bowling displays at the biggest events of them all. In the ICC event, hosts India finished second behind Australia with a perfect ten. Even though Kohli and Shami led India's championship charge at the ICC tournament, Rohit Sharma, the captain, was the team's "genuine hero."

At the One Day International (ODI) World Cup, the seasoned Indian opener raised the stakes for the team led by Virat Kohli. During the ODI World Cup, the 36-year-old gave Team India crucial starts by going all out against the opposition's best bowlers. Rohit was rested for the whole white-ball leg of the South Africa tour following Team India's sad loss in the championship match. India was led by Suryakumar Yadav as captain in the T20Is against South Africa, and by KL Rahul as India defeated the Proteas 2-1 in the ODI series.

As India pursues history in the Test series, Rohit returns.
Rohit, the senior batter, will captain Team India on Tuesday, his first captaincy since the 2023 ICC World Cup final. In the forthcoming first Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park in Centurion, captain Rohit will make his comeback. The famous Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar explained why Rohit will need to alter his batting strategy for the two-match series against the Proteas in an interview with Star Sports before the Boxing Day Test match.

Gavaskar identifies South Africa as the toughest task facing the India captain.
"Getting your mental condition into a Test match environment would be the biggest task. In the one-day international format, he has been batting. Gavaskar stated that he had decided to play the aggressive role and attempt to score as many runs as possible in the first ten overs of field limits. The captain of India, Rohit, has scored the most goals in a single World Cup. During the 2023 World Cup, the senior batter crushed 597 runs for India. Rohit, the captain, averaged 54.27 in 11 games, scoring one hundred and three fifties during the ICC tournament.

"He will need to alter the strategy entirely."
India will attempt to win a Test series in South Africa for the first time under Rohit's direction. In seven out of India's eight trips to South Africa since 1992, the country has failed to accomplish the remarkable accomplishment. "He will need to think in terms of batting the entire day, therefore he would have to entirely alter his strategy for playing Test cricket. With his range of shots, he may easily end up with 180 or 190 not out at the end of the day if he bats the entire day, and India would be well over 300 "Gavaskar continued.


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