ICC World Test Championship final: Will Rohit Sharma struggle against seam bowling? Scott Styris comments
Rohit Sharma is an Indian opener and would be featuring for Team India in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand at Southampton from June 18. However, will he struggle against swinging deliveries? Here's what Scott Styris feels.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma is one of the most prolific openers in world cricket, especially for Team India in the limited-overs circuit. However, he has struggled with consistency in the longes format.
Nevertheless, he would still be a part of Team India's campaign in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, to be played from June 18 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Furthermore, with Rohit having struggled against swinging deliveries in the past, would it be the same this time too.
Pondering on the same, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris did not really sound confident regarding Rohit's abilities. He focused on the fact that Rohit's feet movement early in the innings could allow the Kiwi bowlers to trap him leg-before.
"Again, it is pitch dependent. I think I can't stress that enough. I think if the ball is moving around, then Rohit will have his struggles. In the Select Dugout, we have done demonstrations after demonstrations about how Rohit doesn't really move his feet a lot early in his innings. If that's the case, then the swinging ball could be a problem for him," he was seen saying on Star Sports.
Incidentally, Rohit has played just a Test in England, managing to score just 34 runs. While it would be nearly an unknown territory for Rohit in England in the longes format, he has enough experience playing and scoring in the country in the limited-overs. Although he is to be aided by the same experience, he will have to adjust to the red-ball situation in the country fast enough if he aims at success for the side.
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