Rohit will continue to struggle in SA, says Kepler Wessels

Rohit had endured a torrid time against Kagiso Rabada

Rohit had endured a torrid time against Kagiso Rabada

Sending Rohit back to the pavilion for another low score, many cricket pundits started to question his place in eleven and more importantly, knowing the areas Rohit Sharma is actually struggling. He plants his front foot across to the off-side and in South Africa, the pitches always seam and bounce a bit.

His scores in the last four ODIs are- 20, 15, 0, 5, at an average of 10. "He'll always struggle there because of his technique", he was quoted saying to the Times of India. "It doesn't affect him in India and even in Australia, because the ball doesn't seam there, it just bounces, but when you have seam and bounce, with that technique, he's got a problem". This is the worst by a specialist Indian batsman in any country.

The reason his failure has caught everyone's ears is not that of just four matches which India has played so far, but also because of his poor stint in the Test series. When the action shifted to the 50-over format, a lot was expected from the opener who had been the second highest run-scorer in ODIs in 2017. He has scored 123 runs across 4 matches. Of those, 32 runs came in boundaries.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram (c), JP Duminy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), David Miller, AB de Villiers, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Morne Morkel.

After losing the fourth ODI to the hosts, Virat Kohli and co will look to seal the series when the two teams head to Port Elizabeth for the fifth ODI on Tuesday. With his front foot oriented technique attracting enormous scrutiny in the tour thus far, the onus is on Rohit to adapt quickly and make a meaningful contribution to India's cause in the remaining two ODIs.