New Delhi: Rohit Sharma once again lost his wicket early. In the fourth over Indian innings, the opener was caught and bowled off Kagiso Rabada on an individual score of five. This is not the first time Rohit has returned to the hutch early, in fact for the fourth time in row in this series the right-hander failed to go past 20-run mark.Also Read - India Men's Cricket Team Home Season Announced: All You Need To Know About Schedule, Matches, Timings and Venue
So far in the six-match series, Rohit has managed to notch scores of 20, 15, zero and now five. To put Rohit’s struggle in stats, the opener averages 10 in this series so far. This happens to be his lowest in any series since 2013, the year he was promoted as an opener. Also Read - Will Rohit Sharma Play Against KKR? MI Coach Mahela Jayawardena Provides Update
Meanwhile, Rohit’s average in ODIs in South Africa is 11.45 which happens to be the lowest for any Indian top-order batsman having played at least 10 innings in any particular country. Also Read - IPL 2021 CSK vs MI: MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings Elect to Bat as Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya Miss Out For Mumbai Indians
Not just in ODIs, Rohit failed to impress as a middle-order batsman in Test series as well. After his string of failures (11, 10, 10, 47) in the first two matches, he was dropped in the third and final Test.
Meanwhile, India elected to bat first in the fourth ODI at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer was included in the playing XI in place of all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who did his hamstring in the last game in Cape Town.
For South Africa, AB de Villiers was back into the team replacing Khaya Zondo while pacer Morne Morkel replaced Imran Tahir.
The Virat Kohli-led side is leading the series 3-0 and will aim to write a history by winning the game and eventually the six-match series, as India have never won a series in South Africa.