"Use your brain" – Rohit Sharma gives a strong response to Inzamam-ul-Haq’s ball-tampering allegations

Rohit Sharma, Inzamam-ul-Haq

India captain Rohit Sharma has responded to Inzamam-ul-Haq’s ball-tampering allegations against Team India. The former Pakistan captain made bizarre claims after India’s impressive victory over Australia in the Super 8 game of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Inzamam has alleged that the Indian pacers have been constantly tampering with the ball during the competition. He has claimed that Indian bowlers are altering the match balls to achieve reverse swing. The Indian pacers have been very impressive in the current competition and their performance has been such that Inzamam believes that it is not possible to do so well without disturbing the ball.

Inzamam and another former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik pointed to Arshdeep’s performance against Australia and said that it is not possible to achieve reverse swing as early as in the 14th or 15th over of the game. Inzamam also said that umpires should be careful about such things before stating that it is impossible to achieve reverse swing so early in the innings.

Rohit Sharma’s Reply to Inzamam-ul-Haq:

Rohit Sharma was asked about the allegations when he addressed the media ahead of India’s semi-final clash against England. In response, the Indian captain laughed off the allegations and explained the reason why the players got a reverse swing in the Caribbean conditions. He also inquired about former Pakistan cricketers and urged them to open their minds.

“What answer will I give? If you play in the sun and the wickets are this dry, the ball will reverse itself. The ball reverses for all teams. Not just for us. Sometimes, it is important to open your mind” . (use your brain). You have to understand where we play. We don’t play in England or Australia,” Rohit Sharma said.

Meanwhile, India will face England on Thursday (June 27) for a place in the final. India suffered a 10-wicket defeat against England in the semi-final of the last T20 World Cup and will look to avenge that defeat. Before the match between India and England, South Africa and Afghanistan will face each other in the first semi-final.