ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Rohit Sharma reveals why he stopped bowling in international cricket

October 3 2023
Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma will captain India in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The ‘Hitman,’ the captain of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma, has addressed the issue of why he no longer bowls in international cricket.

Rohit Sharma began his career as a cunning right-arm off-spinner rather than a prolific batter. He eventually abandoned bowling as his batting became his main talent and progressed, though.  

His spinning was undoubtedly effective, even though it wasn’t on par with that of a specialist spinner, with a record of 38 innings and 8 wickets in ODIs. His days of making a contribution with the ball, though, are long gone.

Rohit Sharma last bowled in an ODI in 2016, and since 2012, he has only bowled in four ODI matches, a pattern that is consistent across all forms.

With the exception of a brief period in which he bowled seven balls during the 2021 season, Rohit’s bowling outings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have decreased, with his latest bowling spell occurring in 2014.

“Let’s see”- Rohit Sharma on possibility of him bowling for India in the World Cup

Being a skilled off-spinner, it surprises many that he has stopped bowling despite the Indian team’s shortage of all-rounders.

Rohit Sharma explained the rationale behind him not bowling. When asked why he hasn’t taken the ball because of an injury, Rohit admitted that he doesn’t want it to influence his batting, but he can still bowl.

In an interview with journalist Vimal Kumar, Rohit Sharma said: “I have problems with my finger while bowling. I don’t want my batting affected because of it. I am bowling in the nets, and let’s see.”

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team will kick off their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign on 8th October against Australia. 

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