Rohit Sharma's Woes in South Africa Continue, Opener Fails Once Again

Rohit Sharma’s poor form in South Africa and the inability of the Indian openers to fire in tandem is the only blip as Virat Kohli’s side build-up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England

Rohit Sharma's Woes in South Africa Continue, Opener Fails Once Again

"He (Rohit) will always struggle to score runs in SA because of his footwork".

Former Proteas captain Kepler Wessels has attributed Rohit Sharma's struggles in the tour thus far to his fault-ridden batting technique. This is not the first time Rohit has returned to the hutch early, in fact for the fourth time in row in this series the right-hander failed to go past 20-run mark.

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In the Test format, the 30-year-old averages at 15.37 in South Africa. He plants his front foot across to the off-side and in SA, the pitches always seam and bounce a bit.

Rohit Sharma now has an average of just 11 in the ongoing series. "He'll always struggle there because of his technique".

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However, Rohit's inability to adapt to South African conditions has continued to haunt him in the six-match ODI series too.

Continuing with his inconsistent performance in the fourth One Day International (ODI) against South Africa, the Indian opener got out for 5 runs in 13 balls at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Of those, 32 runs came in boundaries. In the second Test, Rabada once again found Rohit's number and scalped him in both the innings. Then at Cape Town which actually was a paradise for batsmen, Rohit Sharma got dismissed for a duck.

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After three consecutive wins in the six-match ODI series, the hosts bounced back to win by five wickets via the Duckworth Lewis Method in the fourth ODI here on Saturday night. With his front foot oriented technique attracting vast scrutiny in the tour thus far, the onus is on Rohit to adapt quickly and make a meaningful contribution to India's cause in the remaining two ODIs.

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