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Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist praised Rohit Sharma’s aggressive batting and leadership, crediting it for silencing critics and inspiring the Indian team.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s aggressive batting and inspirational leadership have garnered praise from cricket legends worldwide as India gears up for their crucial T20 World Cup 2024 semi-final clash against England on June 27th.

India’s unbeaten run to the knockout stages has been mainly driven by Sharma’s fearless approach. His pivotal knock of 92 runs against Australia in the Super Eight stage not only secured India’s semi-final berth but also effectively ended Australia’s tournament run. The explosive innings, featuring seven fours and eight sixes, set the tone for India’s 24-run victory.

Former Australian wicket-keeper batter Adam Gilchrist lauded Sharma’s batting style and mindset. Gilchrist highlighted how Sharma’s performance silenced critics who questioned his place in the T20 squad.

“He is making those statements off the field. This is how we play. And on the field, it’s inspiration stuff, it’s great entertainment. And question marks around his T20 impact – all the IPL stats and all that — that’s just again a reinforcement of the value of his leadership and the value of a team that is inspired by him. It was a really good stroke selection, knowing where to go to put the bowler off,” Gilchrist said on Cricbuzz. 

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Gilchrist was particularly impressed by Sharma’s shot selection and ability to unsettle bowlers, evident in the match against Australia. Even after losing Virat Kohli for a golden duck, Sharma maintained his aggressive intent. His record-breaking fifty came off just 19 balls, the fastest fifty against Australia in a T20 World Cup. This dominant performance set the stage for India’s commanding total of 205 runs.

The Australian legend also emphasised the positive influence of Sharma’s leadership on the entire team. “We often hear leaders say, it’s not about the results, it’s about the process. He has stated what the process should be — that is be aggressive at all costs. If you lose your batting partner, no issues, focus on the process — that is be aggressive. That sort of expertise as a leader and the guidance that he is giving his playing XI, they are going with him,” he concluded.

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Last Updated on June 26, 2024