Lad wants his ward to spend more time on the wicket.
The Indian skipper came out for four runs against Pakistan on Sunday, scoring just 14 against Australia in a warm-up match in the ongoing World Cup T20.
“Yes, he’s been playing a high-risk game for quite some time, which he shouldn’t. I have no idea why he’s doing that. I think he’s making a mistake by playing an overly aggressive game,” Lad said. PTI. Wednesday in an interview.
“I think he should spend more time on the crease and not throw away his wicket. I don’t want him taking any risks in the first six overs of the power play. He should play his normal and natural game.”
“He should try to play 17-18 overs and score about 70-80 runs in every game he plays,” Lad added.
The coach said he would like to see a change in Rohit’s approach to T20 cricket, especially in the ongoing showpiece.
“As his coach I would like to see him as an anchor and not a destroyer playing risky games. If he stays on the wicket for a while he will play long and useful innings.
“He plays too much in the air, maybe because sometimes it’s necessary in T20 cricket. But I would say he should go with controlled aggression. If he reduces the risky shots he will do well in every game.”
Lad remembers his last conversation with Rohit, saying: “The last time I spoke to him was before he went to the World Cup. We didn’t talk much about the technique because he has played so much cricket for India.
“I advised him to stay on the fold and play wisely. I always want him to lead up front and contribute to India’s victory as much as possible. But he doesn’t get the time because he throws his wickets away.
“Sometimes he comes out cheap with brash shots and he gets criticized for that.”
He expressed confidence that Rohit will come back strong in the coming matches.
“I’m sure Rohit will come back very strong. I think he needs to show some patience. He should spend more time on the crease. The wickets in Australia are ideally suited to his kind of game. He’s a stroke player and the ball is right in the bat.
“In T20 cricket it’s hard to talk a lot about technique. He should start enjoying the game more and doing well for the country, both as a player and as a captain.
“I am very happy and proud that my ward Rohit Sharma is leading India in the T20 World Cup. Just as India won the World Cup in its debut World Cup in 2007, I would like to see him win the World Cup in his debut as captain. ”
Speaking of Virat Kohli’s spectacular match-winning innings against Pakistan, Lad said: “Virat Kohli played the best T20 innings I’ve ever seen. The best thing was he was always in control. He never fouled or misdirected.
“In T20 cricket there is a lot of improvisation, reverse sweeps, scoops, etc. But Virat didn’t play a shot like that. He played good cricket shots. This had to be his best innings given the size and pressure situation in India.”
He also said that Rohit should try to adapt and play like Kohli did during his miraculous knock against a deadly attack in Pakistan.
“I have a feeling that Rohit is going to play as a match winner again. We are about to see the best of Rohit again, like the 2019 World Cup in England.”
“He has won five IPL titles. He is a committed captain. He has confidence. He knows how to get the best out of which player and how to get the best out of it.”
“Our chances of winning the World Cup have increased as the momentum is with us. The momentum is in India’s favor after their thrilling win over Pakistan on Sunday.”