Indian captain Rohit Sharma is one of the very few players in modern-era who has perfected the art of playing the pull shot. Although he has plenty of shots in his repertoire, his pull shot is what makes suits him quite perfectly. In fact, Rohit has had success throughout the years in playing the pull shot.
Whenever bowlers try to target Rohit by pitching in short deliveries, Rohit has no issues whatsoever in playing the pull shot that often yielded him positive results. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and his teammates are gearing up for the second and final Test match against Sri Lanka.
The day-night pink-ball Test will go all guns blazing on March 12 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Earlier, Team India pulled off a humongous win over Sri Lanka. They won the second Test by an innings and 222 runs. The hosts are just a win or a draw away from winning the series.
Pull Shot isn’t working in Rohit Sharma’s favour, says Sunil Gavaskar
Former Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar who is a huge admirer of Rohit Sharma has come up with a word of advice for the Indian captain. Indian batting maestro feels Rohit Sharma needs to think about his pull shot. In recent times, it seems that bowlers have figured out a chink in Rohit’s armour.
The bowlers have been using the same tactic to dismiss Rohit off short balls. So when Rohit attempted to pull the ball, it put him on the back foot. During the first Test match against Sri Lanka, he was dismissed in the same fashion. He tried to pull the ball but was caught by Suranga Lakmal off Lahiru Kumara’s delivery.
Gavaskar added Rohit Sharma should be taking his time to plan the shot as far as the Test match is concerned. “He has got to think about it. You can argue that it is a productive shot but that is not the only shot. He has got so many others.
Now every bowler who has a little bit of pace will fancy his chances against him saying, ‘I don’t mind going for a couple of sixes or boundaries but there will be an opportunity because he hits the ball in the air,’ Gavaskar said while speaking to Star Sports.
“So he has got to work the percentages out. If he still thinks that the percentages are working in his favour, then go on playing but at the moment, they aren’t working in his favour. So maybe he should put it in cold storage till he gets to 80,90, 100,” Gavaskar further added.