Rohit Sharma on Thursday became the first IPL captain to lead an IPL side to seven straight defeats in the competition after Mumbai Indians lost their match against Chennai Super Kings. The defeat brought Sharma’s own performance under the scanner as he became the cricketer with the most ducks in the history of the IPL.
Sharma’s side Mumbai Indians, five-time IPL champions, have played seven matches in this year’s competition and have lost all seven matches. Sharma, who recently replaced Virat Kohli as the new captain of the Indian team in all three formats of the game, was dismissed by Mukesh Choudhary in the very first over of the match.
His dismissal triggered intense social media conversations with fans comparing his lean patch with that of Virat Kohli, who too was out for a golden duck in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s last match against Lucknow Super Giants.
Kohli’s unfortunate dismissal had triggered a meme fest on social media.
— Sarthak Pathak (@imsarthak7774) April 20, 2022
— Haider Ali Fan Boy? (@KhAnsari46) April 19, 2022
Warner in Dressing Room After Kohli Golden Duck ?? pic.twitter.com/WxbWrHKscv
— ?ᶜˢᴷ மாமூ ? (@Murattumamu) April 19, 2022
— naan than (@_raja) April 19, 2022
No sooner did Sharma created a new record of getting out for a duck for the most number of times in the IPL, fans began to compare his feat with Kohli. Many blamed the captaincy pressure for Sharma’s poor form in the IPL. Others highlighted this was proof why Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a better player than both Kohli and Sharma. That’s because Dhoni played a scintillating knock of 28 from 13 balls to script a thrilling win for the CSK against Mumbai Indians.
Form is Temporary, Ducks are permanent
— Santosh Pujari (@Santosh26781175) April 21, 2022
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma getting out on duck whereas MS Dhoni finished match for CSK by scoring 28 Runs in 13 Balls.
Take a Bow MS Dhoni!
— Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) April 21, 2022
Records made by @ImRo45 today!!!
-First ever captain to lose back to back 7 matches in IPL
-First captain to lose all first 7 matches in IPL
– Having most ducks in IPL
Believe it or not, it's called captaincy pressure!
And you troll @imVkohli for this?#IPL2022
— Debdatta Nayak?? (@NayakDebdatta) April 21, 2022
— Jadoo Ke Memes (@jadoo_ke_memes) April 21, 2022
MI fans who still criticize Virat Kohli's 57(49) against Pakistan in the t20 world cup questioning his strike rate after an embarrassing Rohit Sharma's duck early in the innings are appreciating Tilak Varma's knock of 51(43) today. Unreal hypocrisy of Mumbai Indians fans lmao.
— tanya // ee sala cup namde #rcb (@tanyamidhaaaa) April 21, 2022