Mumbai: The cricketer walked out on the field against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday wearing shoes with “Save the Corals” art on them. Here with, Rohit Sharma called on his Mumbai Indians (MI) batsmen to bat better in the middle-overs.
The Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef system, is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is home to many endangered species but, of late, pollution, climate change and fishing activity has threatened its existence.
Earlier, Rohit tweeted after the first match, “My love for rhinos sparked when I first heard about Sudan, the last male northern white African rhino who passed away this year thus leading to the inevitable extinction of the entire species and that broke my heart”.
On the other hand, Rohit said after the match, “I think we can bat better in the middle overs. All these guys have played a lot of cricket on pitches like these. So, there are areas to work on,” said Sharma after the match.
“At the same time, don’t want to be too harsh on the guys. The slowishness of the deck doesn’t allow batsmen to come and slog straightaway. One set batter carrying through is needed, which is what’s not happening for all of the teams that have played here,” added Sharma.
“Polly (Pollard) has done it for so many years for us at the back end. We have the confidence in him. It’s all about him getting some time in the middle.”
Sharma praised his bowling unit that performed well.
“It was a great effort from the bowling unit. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. On that pitch, when you’re bowling well, it’s not easy,” added Sharma.