The all-rounder who once graced Pakistan in all three formats makes a bold statement on Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s body language and his future as the captain of the Indian setup.
India continued their winning streak in the ongoing Asia Cup with a dominating win over Hong Kong by 40 runs. India was well ahead in the game in their defense and the decisions made for 192 runs. All was well and good until former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who is not only agreed to the situation but also not very happy with one man, in particular, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
Hafeez was a good servant of the sport and achieved many great things along the way in his career. He was the man who was believed to represent the future of Pakistan and did so to a certain extent. During a TV discussion on Pakistan’s PTV on Asia Cup 2022, he made some serious remarks about the body language of Rohit Sharma. He went on to say that the skipper looked weak and confused during the matches.
The remarks were put forward after India won the match against Hong Kong on Wednesday and were also posted on Twitter by Mohammad Hafeez. He said, “Body language ki maine baat ki thi, Rohit Sharma jab toss karne aaye toh yeh mujhe bahut weak lage, mujhe bahut ghabraye hue se lage. Mujhe confused lage, mujhe woh Rohit Sharma nazar nahi aa rahe jinko maine observe kiya hua hai match k andar, jinko humne dekha hua hai shandaar innings khelte. (If we observed Rohit Sharma’s body language during the toss, he was weak, and there was a bit of worry and confusion. I didn’t see the Rohit Sharma, which I have observed during the matches, who plays beautiful innings).”
Explaining and adding to his point, Hafeez continued, “Mujhe lagta hai Rohit Sharma ki captaincy inko bahut pressure de rahi hai, aur inke pass bahut si aisi mushqilaat ka saamna karna padh raha hai. Ek toh inki apni form abhi kaafi decline k taraf ja rahi hai. IPL bura gaya, uske baad jabse yeh international cricket khel rahe hain, abhi tak yeh iss format mein inka woh flow wapas nahi aa raha. (I feel captaincy is creating pressure on Rohit Sharma and he has to deal with numerous problems. His own form has taken a hit, IPL went bad and since his return to international cricket, especially in this format, I haven’t seen the flow returning).
“Bahut si baatein yeh keh rahe hain (He speaks about a lot of stuff), ‘brand of cricket, we will play positively’ but this is not reflecting by the team. Not reflecting by his own body language,” he further added to the discussion.”