Team India’s T20 World Cup 2022 preparations are in the final stages as the Men in Blue are facing hosts Australia in the second-last preparatory match. Australia won the toss and chose to field, sending the Indians to bat first. 

While KL Rahul played an extraordinary knock of 57 runs off 33 balls with a strike rate of 172.73, his opening partner, Indian captain Rohit Sharma could not match his form on the striking end. Sharma scored 15 runs off 14 balls before he was caught out by Glenn Maxwell and returned to the pavilion. 

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At a point during India’s opening partnership’s time on the crease, KL Rahul neared his half-century, while Rohit Sharma was still waiting to reach double figures. Fans took notice of Rohit’s struggles on Monday and highlighted them on social media platform Twitter.

“Everyone is busy criticizing Indian bowling line up that nobody has realized virat kohli is struggling for runs,” one user wrote on Twitter.

“Did anyone notice Rohit is struggling with his form from last many matches? And KL rahul bhai ese aap real T20 kab kheloge fearless? #KLRahul #RohitSharma #indvsaust20i #INDvsAUS and i dont want to see Pant playing in this #T20WorldCup2022 for many reason ek extra bowler khilao,” another tweet read.

Rohit Sharma is currently the highest scorer in T20I history with 3752 runs from 143 matches and is closely followed by teammate Virat Kohli in the second position, who has 3,731 runs from 109 matches. However, while looked uncomfortable in patches against Australia in the warm-up match, he has neared half-centuries twice in his last T20I matches.

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Rohit scored an unbeaten 46 runs against Australia in Nagpur on September 23, before he played a knock of 43 runs off 37 balls against South Africa in Guwahati on October 2.

Whereas some criticised Sharma, a few decided to stand beside him on Monday. “Playing pull shot is not as easy as Rohit Sharma has made it look,” one user tweeted.

India plays one more warm-up match against New Zealand on October 19, before they begin their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against Pakistan four days later.