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IPL 2018: Lalchand Rajput reveals the opening slot as best suited for Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma has scored 140 runs in six games at an average of 23.33.

Lalchand Rajput
Former Indian team manager, Lalchand Rajput. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma hasn’t had an impressive outing in the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is captaining the Mumbai Indians (MI) and almost everything has gone wrong for the cricketer. The team has lost five out of their six games and are staring at elimination before the playoff stage. From a personal point of view, Rohit has had a mediocre run as well as he has struggled with the willow.

He has played a stupendous knock of 94 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Apart from that, he has mustered 46 runs at an abysmal average of 9.20. He opened the batting in the first two games, however, moved to the third position in the third game. The move paid dividends as he took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners.

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Tough times for Rohit Sharma

However, he has flattered to deceive against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where he has scored 0 and 2 respectively. Meanwhile, Lalchand Rajput, the former Indian batsman, feels that Rohit should be sent to open the batting for that’s where he can get ample time to construct an innings of substance.

“Rohit is a prolific opening batsman, who has done exceptionally well for India as an opener. So opening and playing free is important for him. If you start well, then you can pile up a big score. You have to open with Rohit, as simple as that,” Rajput was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India (PTI)

“When you bat at number four after losing two wickets that is a different ball-game rather than opening. It (Rohit opening the innings) will help Mumbai, because they will get a good start, as the start is important,”. But Rohit is such a player, once he gets 30s, he makes it big,” he added.

 

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