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'Don't Want To Rely On One Individual...': Rohit Sharma Speaks On Kohli's Lacklustre Stats In USA

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (AP)
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (AP)

On Sunday, India will lockhorns with Pakistan in the much-awaited cricket's 'El-Classico' scheduled to take place at Nassau County Stadium in New York. 

Ahead of the game, in a pre-match presser, Team India skipper, Rohit Sharma shed light on whether Virat Kohli's recent cheap dismissal vs Ireland will be a point of concern for the team in the upcoming big clash against their arch-rivals.

"I don't want to rely on one individual to win us the game. Everyone needs to chip in. He didn't play the Bangladesh game. He didn't have a great outing in the first game, but we all know he brings in a wealth of experience," Rohit said.

Interestingly, Kohli averages a mere 16 runs per innings after playing five T20Is in the States.

However, looking at his record against Pakistan, Kohli has amassed a total of 488 runs at an average of 81.33 at a decent strike rate, with his best 82* which came during his once in a lifetime knock against Men In Green in Melbourne during the T20 World Cup 2022.

Having said that, paraphrasing from what Rohit expressed it simply states that India will not be taking the gamble of not playing King Kohli simply because of the  'wealth of experience' he brings into the game. 

Somelike like Virat, who is a big-match player is a must in any team, hence, when the skipper said that they did not want to rely on one player to win the game he simply meant that all players hold equal importance.

Shifting the focus to the pitch where India will be locking horns with Babar Azam and Co., it has been the talk of the town. The Nassau pitch has time and again showed no compassion towards the batters, resulting in mediocre scores of somewhere between 90-110 being put up by the batters.

Moreover, if sources are to be believed India vs Pakistan will be played on the same pitch as Netherlands vs South Africa, where Scott Edward's Men In Orange set a low-score of just 103 runs.