India will head into the 3rd ODI against South Africa, hoping to go 3-0 ahead in the 6 match ODI series. It would be fair to say the first 2 matches have been fairly dominated by the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who have between themselves taken 13 wickets till now.
Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a well made fifty in the 2nd ODI, spoke on the eve of the 3rd ODI about his opening partners Rohit Sharma struggle in South Africa till now. The 3-time double hundred scorer Rohit, hasn’t been at his best off late but people who know him well, know that he just needs one good inning to change the perception of the world.
“I feel Rohit is playing well, looking at the way he is timing the ball. Even in the last match, he was playing really good. Unfortunately, he got out, but I don’t feel concerned about his batting at all,” said Shikhar Dhawan when questioned about Rohit’s inconsistent form. Even though the Mumbai Indians captain has just scored 35 runs in the first 2 ODI’s, Dhawan is not at all worried about his team-mate.
“He has performed so well right from the Champions Trophy, till now. Sometimes it does happen that you don’t score runs. But what matters the most is how he is timing the ball. There is no problem at all with his form. I think he just needs one good innings to solve all problems,” Shikhar Dhawan added further.
Speaking about the lethal spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep, Shikhar Dhawan full of appreciation. He said, “It is difficult to play wrist-spinners because they have the ability to turn the ball on flat tracks as well.”
“And when the ball starts to turn, foreign players find it really difficult, because they are not used to playing such kind of turn. That can create a doubt in batsman’s mind. That is why they are really effective,” he concluded in the end.