Rohit Sharma once again failed in the playoff match.
New Delhi: May 26 is a very special day for Mumbai Indians. On this day Mumbai won its first title 10 years back in 2013. Rohit Sharma took over the captaincy of the team in the same season. Mumbai Was made champion for the first time after five years of failures. Friday was the 10th anniversary of this victory and Mumbai had a chance to register another victory. This could not happen and a major reason for this was the captain Rohit himself, who failed again like the entire IPL 2023.
It was not a good night for Rohit Sharma as captain as the team suffered a 62-run defeat in Qualifier 2 against Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With this defeat, the team’s dream of winning the title for the sixth time was broken. At the same time, as a batsman, Rohit could not contribute again for his team, which was the story of this entire season.
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Bad condition in playoffs for 16 years
Mumbai needed a target of 234 runs to win against Gujarat, which was already looking impossible. Still, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma and Cameron Green made some effort by batting fast and raised hopes. Before this, if captain Rohit had also contributed something with his bat, Mumbai might have reached closer to the target instead of getting out for just 171 runs.
Rohit could not make any significant contribution this time too and returned to the pavilion in the third over after scoring only 8 runs in 7 balls. Earlier, only 11 runs came out of Rohit’s bat in the eliminator.
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— JioCinema (@JioCinema) May 26, 2023
In this way, Rohit’s poor performance in IPL playoff matches (except the final) continued here as well. The Mumbai captain has played a total of 15 playoff matches, in which only 133 runs have come out of his bat. The average has been 9.50 and the strike rate has been 89.26. No half century.
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In this season, he could score only 332 runs in 16 innings at an average of 20 and a strike rate of 132. Only 2 half-centuries came out of his bat in these 16 innings. It can definitely be said that Rohit’s captaincy may have contributed to Mumbai reaching here, but he proved to be a failure with the bat. The question, however, is that till when Rohit will continue to perform like this.
The last few seasons have not been good for him. The last time in 2019, Rohit had scored more than 400 runs. Not only this, Rohit’s performance is nowhere close to what Rohit has done in T20 International. He had scored more than 500 runs only once in 2013 in 16 seasons. Obviously Rohit will have to improve it in the next season or Mumbai will have to take a tough decision.
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