Following India’s disappointing loss in the first Test against England, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has stepped forward to express his backing for Indian captain Rohit Sharma.
Despite initially holding a 190-run lead in the first innings, India ended up with a 28-run defeat in the match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Criticism from former English captains, including Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott, intensified the scrutiny of Rohit Sharma’s leadership abilities.
Nevertheless, at the launch of the Asian Legends League in Delhi, Pathan vigorously supported Rohit.
While acknowledging Rohit’s mistakes in the initial Test, Pathan conveyed his confidence in Rohit’s leadership skills and his potential for a strong comeback in the upcoming matches.
As the second Test looms on February 2 at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, Pathan remains positive about India’s chances to turn the series around.
His endorsement of Rohit Sharma in this critical phase provides a much-needed confidence boost amid the ongoing scrutiny.
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– Sarfaraz's favorite cricketer is Rohit Sharma. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/URjeeV1z3R
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 31, 2024
With India gearing up to regroup and plan for the upcoming match, the spotlight is on Rohit Sharma and his leadership.
literally I had tears in my eyes when I heard this🥺💔 God, you are very cruel, you always make good people suffer.😖
The pain is visible in Rohit Sharma's speech🥺💔 19- Nov – 2023💔❌pic.twitter.com/8cVK29ZXcv
— 𝐑𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐢𝐢⁴⁵🥂 (@rushiii_12) January 31, 2024
Q.Who will u choose from Sehwag, Sachin,Rohit Sharma?
Ans.Rohit Sharma,Because I'm fan of Rohit Sharma,their discussions keep going on in our dressing room also & as per his batting, he has scored 3 double centuries & he's the king of pull shot.@ImRo45🔥pic.twitter.com/3XMbxi2YRk
— 🧢ʀᴀᴊɴᴀɴᴅᴀɴɪ ꜱɪɴɢʜ⁴⁵🇮🇳 ( Rohika) (@Singh_Ro45) January 31, 2024
The series against England presents a significant opportunity for Rohit to display his leadership prowess and inspire the team to a comeback victory.
— Team Rohit Sharma (@Team45Ro) January 31, 2024
Supported by experienced players like Pathan and the entire cricketing community, Rohit has the platform to silence his critics and lead India to success in the remaining matches of the series.
As anticipation builds for the second Test, all eyes are on Rohit Sharma and the Indian team as they strive for redemption on their home turf. The upcoming match promises to be a thrilling contest, where resilience, determination, and leadership will play a crucial role in shaping the series outcome.