‘Clueless Captain’ – Former cricketer slams Rohit Sharma for poor captaincy in 1st Test against England

 ‘Clueless Captain’ – Former cricketer slams Rohit Sharma for poor captaincy in 1st Test against England

Former cricketer Monty Panesar recently criticised Rohit Sharma for his poor captaincy decisions in the first Test match against England in Hyderabad during England’s tour of India. In what seemed like an easy task for the Indian batting lineup, the squad gradually started to lose their wickets, losing the first game by 28 runs. 

While appreciating Olly Pope and Tom Hartley, Panesar criticized Rohit Sharma for not changing the field on time and openly said that he was not being proactive during the game. While recalling the golden days of glory under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Monty said that the former captain would have openly challenged the English squad and repeatedly asked them to showcase better performance to decide which one performs better the English squad or Virat. 

“A very big victory for England. Nobody even imagined that this was possible, everyone thought England would lose after a 190 deficit but Ollie Pope played a brilliant innings, one of the best we’ve seen for a long time,” Monty Panesar told Metro.co.uk.

Monty Panesar criticises Rohit Sharma for clueless captaincy 

“Rohit Sharma, he was clueless. Absolutely clueless captain. Not proactive, not changing the fieldset or anything like that. With Ravindra Jadeja and Ollie Pope playing the scoop. Just take the slip out and put in a fly slip or something, change the field,” Monty added. 

“If they’re playing all these different shots, change your field set and be attacking. Very defensive field set… he needs to bring that fielder which is at deep point, bring him on the catch when they reverse sweep, so they get it slightly wrong,” Panesar said.

“If Virat Kohli was playing he would be in the faces of these England players, he would tell them: “Come on, do it again and let’s see how good you are!” This is an England team that are not scared of losing. They don’t care if they lose the next four games, they will still play with no fear of failure,” he concluded.


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