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Rohit Sharma & Co. Must Step Up, Says Wasim Jaffer Ahead of Second ODI Against New Zealand

The Indian national cricket team’s recent performance in the first ODI against New Zealand has raised concerns among fans and experts alike. Despite posting a strong 349 runs on the back of Shubman Gill’s 208-run knock, the team narrowly escaped defeat with a 12-run win, thanks to a brave hundred from New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell.

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who is regarded as one of the best openers in the Indian domestic cricket, has voiced his concerns about the Indian batting line-up, particularly captain Rohit Sharma, who failed to convert his good start into a big knock. Rohit scored 34 off 38 while Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan failed to score double-digit figures. Suryakumar Yadav’s struggles in ODIs continue and Hardik Pandya scored 28 off 38 before getting bowled out after a controversial decision by the officials.

Jaffer, ahead of the second ODI in Raipur, said that Rohit, Kishan, and Suryakumar need to take more responsibility for the team’s performance. He also acknowledged that Hardik was unlucky with his dismissal in the first match but added that the all-rounder needs to be more consistent.

Focusing on Rohit’s struggles, Jaffer pointed out that the current Indian captain is batting well but it has been a long time since he scored a hundred in ODIs. Rohit’s last international century in white-ball cricket came in January 2020, and he has been struggling with consistency and injury issues lately.

With Rohit closing in on a 10000-run milestone in ODIs, with 29 hundreds including three double tons, Jaffer acknowledged that it’s not going to be easy for him to stay at the top of the game at the age of 36. The Indian cricket team and its fans will be hoping for a strong performance from Rohit and the rest of the team in the upcoming second ODI in Raipur.