Rohit Sharma’s performance in the Asia Cup 2023 match between India and Pakistan on Saturday, September 2, wasn’t up to his usual standard. The Indian captain began cautiously but lost his wicket to Shaheen Afridi after scoring just 11 runs from 22 balls, including two fours.
At the start of the game, Sharma appeared focused, but his fortunes took a downturn after a rain delay. During the rain break, broadcasters aired a flashback segment featuring Sharma. In the clip, he was seen requesting the cameraman to shift the camera away from him, seemingly frustrated by the continuous focus on him.
India’s top four batsmen, comprising Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, and Virat Kohli, struggled to make significant contributions, leaving the team at 66/4 after only 14.1 overs. At one point, it seemed as though India might face difficulties in utilizing their full allotment of 50 overs.
Nonetheless, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya subsequently steadied the Indian innings. They formed a partnership that added 109 runs for the fifth wicket by the time of this report. Kishan had completed his half-century, while Pandya was approaching the 50-run mark.
Pakistan’s spin bowlers have struggled to secure dismissals during the middle overs. Should Kishan and Pandya persist at the crease until the conclusion of the innings, India could comfortably surpass the 300-run milestone.