Kepler Wessels, former South African Captain said that Rohit Sharma will continue to struggle to perform well in South Africa due to lack of batting techniques. His footwork does not trouble him in India and Australia but he will face woes due to bouncy nature of South African pitches.
He said his opinions to the press that, “He will always struggle to score runs in South Africa because of his footwork. He plants his front foot across to the off-side and in South Africa, the pitches always seam and bounce a bit. This is the reason that he averages around 10 there.”
“He’ll always struggle there (in South Africa) because of his technique. It doesn’t affect him in India and even in Australia, because the ball doesn’t seem there, it just bounces, but when you have seam and bounce, with that technique, he’s got a problem.”
Rohit Sharma’s average was 11.45 in South Africa. This was the worst performance among all the players who played in the top 7 places. He did his worst in the South African soil as a specialist batsman.
Earlier, Rohit was out of the team in the test series after he scored only 78 runs in the first two test matches against South Africa. He is away from the third test match. There are a lot of expectations about him for the 50-over series. He scored only 40 runs so far in the one-dayers and out of the 32 runs came out of fours. He was troubled especially by bowling action of Kagiso Rabada. He was dismissed thrice by this 22-year old pacer, out of these, once he was duck-out.
In spite of his poor performance, this batsman is expected to improve his performance at St.George in the fifth ODI on Tuesday. The Indians are expecting to win this match and their first ever one-dayer series on the South African soil.
Wessels’ prophecies are based on the statistics and his vast cricketing experience. Rohit Sharma should improve his batting techniques and rectify his footwork to contribute to the team’s victory in the upcoming series to keep his place steady in the team for the rest of the limited over series and the World cup 2019.