The former India cricketer and commentator Gautam Gambhir has spoken about Rohit Sharma’s performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite his exceptional record in international cricket, the right-handed batter has failed to score heavily in the cash-rich league. Since 2017, Rohit hasn’t crossed the 400-run mark in any IPL season.
Though Mumbai Indians have been the most successful franchise in the league, their skipper averages just 27.6 for the franchise.
“I don’t understand why he never had that one big IPL season ever. And I have no reason to probably even defend him. He’s a world-class player, I’ve always admired him when he first busted onto the scene in international cricket. I said even then, that he’s the best talent India has ever produced.
And then proved himself in the international stage but it just amazes me that when he wears that MI Jersey, he’s never had a season like what Virat Kohli or KL Rahul had – a 600 run season. And I don’t know why. Someone who’s got so much of the ability to score runs at will doesn’t have that kind of impact in the IPL,” Gambhir said while speaking to ESPNcricinfo. Rohit has scored 363 runs in 12 matches so far in IPL 2021 at an average of 30.25. Gambhir feels Rohit goes into a shell while batting in the IPL. “His approach has been rather timid to be fair, especially during the IPLs. Unlike the way he plays international cricket, he goes into a shell when he plays the IPL. I don’t know why, in fact, if anything, he should have been more aggressive with the kind of team MI have,” Gambhir added