IPL 2022: WV Raman says Rohit Sharma will make terrific comeback after difficult phase

Former India cricketer WV Raman predicted that Rohit Sharma would come back strong in the 2022 Indian Premier League despite his struggles (IPL). In this year’s edition of the tournament, the 34-year-old Rohit has struggled as a hitter and as a captain. The Mumbai-based squad, which has won the IPL five times, is currently at the bottom of the table after losing all seven of their matches.

With the bat, the veteran has been in dismal form, scoring only 114 runs at an average of 16.28 and a strike rate of 126.66. Meanwhile, Raman believes that the current period would strengthen Sharma, allowing him to contribute more to Squad India and his IPL team.

‘Huge challenge’

“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been playing or how experienced you are. You are always going to be learning in sport and in life as well. This is a place where Rohit Sharma will come out stronger. Maybe it will help him in the years to come from the Mumbai Indians as well as for the Indian side,” said Raman.

“He has got to go through this phase. It is always a difficult phase when a batter who is expected to deliver for his side doesn’t deliver personally and the team also is not in the best of nicks, which means that he’s got to somehow keep his team going, himself going,” he stated.

“It’s a huge challenge, easier said than done, but that’ll make him stronger. Who knows, this particular thing will teach you so many things that will hold him in good stead to win a lot of titles in the future for his franchise and also perform incredibly well for India too,” Raman added.

While he had a rocky stretch in the IPL, Rohit Sharma has performed admirably as India’s full-time limited-overs captain since taking over from Virat Kohli. India won all three of their series against New Zealand, the West Indies, and Sri Lanka while he was captain.

MI’s next encounter is on Sunday, April 24 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, against KL Rahul’s Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The Mumbai Indians are coming off a three-wicket loss against Ravindra Jadeja’s Chennai Super Kings at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.