‘I don’t agree with that’ – Virender Sehwag Criticizes Rohit Sharma Over His ‘bowlers didn’t turn up’ Comment

By Daniel S

November 11, 2022

Rohit Sharma and his men locked horns with England in Adelaide on 10 November 2022. It was the second semi-final of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup. But, they failed to win the match as England thrashed them by a huge margin of 10 wickets. All Indian fans were in shock as they were expecting team India to get qualified for the final.

However, it was a disappointing end for Rohit Sharma also as it was his first-ever major tournament as India’s skipper. But, after the match, he blamed the bowlers for that humiliating loss. Regarding that, Virender Sehwag came up with his opinion while criticizing the Indian skipper.

“If India feel it is bowling’s fault, I don’t agree with that.” – Virender Sehwag while criticizing Rohit Sharma

During the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said: “It’s pretty disappointing how we turned up today. I thought we still batted pretty well at the back end to get to that score, but we were not good enough with the ball. It was definitely not a wicket where a team can come and chase it down in 16 overs. With the ball, we didn’t turn up today.” So, fans were not happy with the way Rohit Sharma blamed the bowlers for that loss. 

Regarding that, on Cricbuzz, Virender Sehwag said: “If the top order has batted 12 overs to just score 82 runs (77), then expecting the rest of the batters to come in and play fearless cricket and score 100 runs in eight overs, that is also not right. Yes, the average total of this ground may be 150-160, and you made more than that. But then on the day itself, if one batter gets set on that pitch, the average total stops mattering.”

“We have seen this happening a number of times here at the Wankhede or the Feroz Shah Kotla or in Chennai. Today’s game could not have been won with scores of 150-160. New Zealand played a certain way against Australia (in their first match) but they didn’t do that again in the semi-final and they got knocked out. If India feel that they made an above-par total and so it is bowling’s fault, I don’t agree with that. We lost the match in the first 10 overs when our batters did not give the kind of start that we were hoping for,” Virender Sehwag concluded.