How Australia plan to tackle the Rohit Sharma threat this summer

first_imgVirat Kohli is the hot topic of discussion ahead of India’s summer in Australia but the hosts also need to be wary of another man, who can be as dangerous: Rohit Sharma.While Kohli has dominated Australia home and away, Rohit has struck fear deep into the hearts of bowlers the world over. This year, Kohli is once again the leading scorer in ODIs with 1202 runs including six hundreds. Rohit is not far behind with 1030 runs and five hundreds.For now, it is the T20 format Australia need to worry about and Rohit is in dangerous form having scored 560 runs and two hundreds this year.As the only man with four T20I hundreds and three ODI double centuries (including one against Australia), Rohit is certain to give the Aussies some sleepless nights.India have some concerns in the middle order but the top three make for a dangerous line-up. Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit. Kohli. Australia cannot afford to focus only on the visiting captain.With or without Smith and Warner, Australia are known for their meticulous planning. It is no surprise therefore that they have started planning to deal with the Rohit Sharma threat. He loves batting against Australia and 1593 runs from 28 ODIs is testimony to that.So what do the Australian bowlers have in mind for Rohit? Sharp inswingers and short balls.”He’s an unbelievable player. His record speaks for itself. He’s got a good record all around the world, so he’s a definite player to watch,” Coulter-Nile said at the Gabba on Monday.advertisement”But we’ve also had a bit of success against him with the new ball as well I think ‘Dorff’ (Jason Behrendorff) got him out last time we played him rapped him on the pads so we’ll look to do that again early.”Coulter-Nile also fancies bowling short to Rohit, who has an impressive record in Australia and has scored 810 runs at an average of 62.31 in the last eight years.Coulter-Nile also fancies bowling short to Rohit, who has an impressive record in Australia and has scored 810 runs at an average of 62.31 in the last eight years.Left-arm pacer Behrendorff could be Australia’s trump card as he had troubled the Indians with a sensational spell of four for 21 in a T20 played in Guwahati last year. He had sent back the Indian top-four including Rohit and Kohli.”Everyone knows he’s a fantastic option up front. He’ll swing it here it’s beautiful conditions for it today, hopefully same sort of conditions (on Wednesday), it’ll swing early. Hopefully we hold our chances, because he’ll definitely create a few,” added Coulter-Nile.Also watch –last_img

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