Rohit Sharma's batting form will play a key role in India's match against Pakistan.

Former wicketkeeper-batter Saba Karim has opined that Indian captain Rohit Sharma needs to focus on batting after being named captain in all three formats.

Under the new leader, the Men in Blue have whitewashed New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka in the home T20I series.

However, Rohit’s performance with the bat has been below-par. The 34-year old has a top score of 44 in his last six T20Is.

Talking about his captaincy, Karim said on the “Khelneeti” podcast: “Rohit Sharma is in the playing XI because of his batting. Captaincy is an additional responsibility. He shouldn’t lose focus from his batting. We have often seen that captains are not able to perform in their main skill. This should not happen.”

“This is just the starting phase for Rohit Sharma. He will soon realize how important his runs are for the team. His performance will be a key in Australia during the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, where the grounds are big and the opposition has good bowlers. Rohit needs to work on his batting.” During the final T20I against Sri Lanka, Rohit (125 matches) surpassed Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (124 games) to become the most-capped men’s T20I player.

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