Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

 

India

Personal Information

Born Apr 30, 1987 (31 years)

Birth Place Nagpur, Maharashtra

Role Batsman

Batting Style Right Handed

Bat Bowling Style Right-arm

Off break ICC Rankings

TestODIT20

Batting 47 2 7

Career Information

Teams Mumbai, India U19, India Green, India a, Deccan Chargers, India, Mumbai Indians, Indians, India Blue

Talent – an apparently heartening term that has followed Rohit Sharma around like a shadow; even haunted him at times. It seems to be a burden that the cricketing fraternity has enforced.

 

Early life

Sharma was born on 30 April 1987 in Bansod, Nagpur, and Maharashtra. His mother Purnima Sharma comes from Visakhapatnam. His father Gurunath Sharma worked as a caretaker of a transport firm storehouse. Sharma was raised by his grandparents and uncles in Borivali because of his father’s low income. He would visit his parents, who lived in a single-room house in Dombivli, only during weekends. He has an elder brother, Vishal Sharma.

 

Sharma joined a cricket camp in 1999 with his uncle’s money. His coach at the camp was Dinesh Lad who asked him to change his school to Swami Vivian and International School, where Lad was the coach and which had better cricket facilities. Sharma recollects, “I told him I couldn’t afford it, but he got me a scholarship. So for four years I didn’t pay a penny, and did well in my cricket.” Sharma started as an off-spinner who could bat a bit before Lad noticed Sharma’s batting abilities and promoted him from number eight to open the innings. He excelled in the Harris and Giles Shield school cricket tournaments, scoring a century on debut as an opener.

 

Playing career

Domestic

Rohit Sharma made his List A debut for West Zone against Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy in March 2005; at Gwalior. It was his unbeaten innings of 142 in 123 balls against North Zone at Udaipur in the same tournament that brought him into the limelight. Performances for the India A sides in Abu Dhabi and Australia followed, leading to him being selected for the 30 member probable list for the Champions Trophy, although he did not make the final squad. This was before he had made his Ranji Trophy debut. He was also selected for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.

 

 

Sharma at fielding practice.

Sharma made his First-class debut for India A against New Zealand A, at Darwin in July 2006. He made his Ranji Trophy debut for his First-class side Mumbai in the 2006/2007 season. Though he was unable to contribute much in the initial matches, he scored 205 off 267 balls in the match against Gujarat. Mumbai went on to win the tournament with Sharma scoring a half-century in the final against Bengal.

 

In October 2013, upon the retirement of Ajit Agarwal, and owing to a successful captaincy stint in the IPL for Mumbai Indians, where he helped to win the IPL as well as the Champions League T20, Sharma was appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Ranji team for the 2013–14 season.

 

International

Rohit Sharma was first selected for the limited-overs matches on India’s tour to Ireland in 2007. He made his One Day International debut against Ireland at Belfast, although he did not bat in the match.

 

Rohit Sharma eventually made his mark on the international stage on 20 September 2007, when he led India to victory by scoring an unbeaten 50 (which came off 40 deliveries) against South Africa in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. The win reserved India a berth in the semifinals of the tournament. At one stage India were 61–4, but his partnership of 85 runs with skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni helped India to post a total of 153/5. He was eventually declared Man of the Match. Sharma then proceeded to score 30 runs off 16 balls in the final against Pakistan.

 

Rohit Sharma scored his maiden ODI half-century against Pakistan, at Jaipur on 18 November 2007. And was selected as part of India’s 16-man squad for the 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia. Here, he scored 235 runs at an average of 33.57 with 2 fifties, including his score of 66 in the 1st final at Sydney partnering Sachem Tendulkar for most of India’s successful run chase.

 

However, his ODI performances suffered a downturn after this and his middle-order position was taken over by Suresh Raina, and eventually, Virat Kohli took his position as the reserve batsman.

 

In December 2009, he scored a triple century in the Ranji Trophy and was recalled to the ODI team for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh as Tendulkar opted to rest in the series. However, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were selected ahead of him in the playing eleven, and he did not play in any of India’s five matches.

 

Rohit Sharma was called to the Indian Test team in February 2010[citation needed] as the only reserve batsman. When V. V. S. Laxman failed to recover from an injury, Sharma was set to make his debut but injured himself playing football in the warm-up on the first morning of the match. It was too late to bring in a replacement batsman, so the reserve wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha had to play as a specialist batsman. Since then Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pajama and Virat Kohli overtook him and made their Test debuts in the middle order.

 

He scored his maiden ODI century (114) against Zimbabwe on 28 May 2010 and followed it up with another century in the next match of the tri-series against Sri Lanka on 30 May 2010 by scoring 101 not out.

 

Following the poor form in South Africa series held just before the World Cup, he was dropped from the Indian squad for 2011 World Cup.

 

He was selected for the West Indies tour of 2011 after the IPL in a squad where senior batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar, VI render Sehwag and skipper MS Dhoni were rested, and Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir were out to injuries. The side was captained by Suresh Raina with Harbhajan Singh as his deputy. He contributed 26 off 23 balls with two sixes in the only T20I at Queen’s Park Oval and strung a 71-run partnership with Subramanian Badrinath leading to an Indian victory.

 

In the ODI series that followed, he carried on with his good form. The first ODI was also played at Queen’s Park Oval. Rohit was elected the man of the match for his 68 not out off 75 balls with three fours and a six. In the third ODI played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua; Sharma scored a matching-winning 86 off 91 balls. Rohit along with Harbhajan Singh got India out of trouble to win the match after they were reduced to 92 for 6. He was widely appraised for his calm and matured performance. Sharma won his first Man of the Series award for excellent batting performance throughout the ODI series. His good form continued as he bagged another Man of the series award against West Indies again but this time on Indian soil. He was part of the squad selected to play in the Australian series.

 

In 2013, he was promoted as the new opening batsman for India along with Shikhar Dhawan for the Champions Trophy. The successful starts achieved by this opening pair helped India win the Champions Trophy and Tri-nation series in the West Indies. His good form continued in the home series against Australia when he scored a 141 not out in Jaipur and 209 runs off 158 balls, in Bangalore and with 16 sixes, he broke the world record for most sixes hit in an ODI innings.

 

 

Sharma during the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia.

In November 2013, during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test series, Sharma made his Test debut at Eden Gardens in Kolkata against the West Indies. He scored a 177 which was the second-best score on debut by an Indian behind Shikhar Dhawan. Sharma became one of the few Indian players to have scored a century on their Test debut. He followed it up with a 111 not out at his home ground at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai becoming the third Indian cricketer to score back-to-back centuries in the first two tests—a feat which was achieved by Sourav Ganguly in 1996 in England and Mohammad Azharuddin in 1984, who scored centuries in his first three tests.

 

In 2014, he became the first person to score more than 250 runs in a single One-Day international cricket match. He scored 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. With this innings, he became the first player to score two double hundreds in ODIs. His innings of 264 is the highest score by a batsman in an ODI, surpassing 219 by VI render Sehwag.

 

On 2 October 2015, in South Africa’s tour of India, Sharma scored 106 in the first T20I at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala. With that, he became the second Indian cricketer to have scored centuries in all formats of the game. On 11 October, in the first ODI of the tour, he scored 150 off 133 balls, in a losing cause while chasing South Africa’s total of 303. In the 2015–16 tour of Australia, he scored two consecutive hundreds in the ODI series and a 99 in the final game. Having scored 441 runs in five games, he was the top-scorer and was named the Man-of-the-Series. On 13 December 2017 in Mohali in India, Rohit Sharma hit his third double century of 208 runs, not out, as the captain. This was also special to him because he achieved it on his wedding anniversary.

 

On 22 December 2017, Sharma equaled the world record by scoring the joint-fastest century off 35 balls in Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at Holkar Stadium, Indore. His ODI stats improved dramatically since moving up to an opener in ODIs.

 

On 8 July 2018, during the T20I series against England Rohit Sharma became only the second batsman and first Indian to reach 3 T20I centuries after Colin Munro and also equaled the record of Munro for scoring most number of tons in T20I matches.(3)[ After achieving his third T20I century, he too created a unique record for becoming the only batsman to have scored 3 ODI double centuries and 3 T20I centuries. He also became the first batsman to score 3 centuries each in all three forms of international cricket. Rohit Sharma also equaled the record of Virat Kohli for recording most number of scores in excess of 50 in T20Is. Rohit also became the fifth overall and second Indian batsman to cross 2000 runs in T20I cricket. He also became the joint second fastest batsman along with Brendon McCullum to reach 2000 T20I runs in terms of number of balls faced.(1476) After scoring his third T20I hundred, he also became the first Indian to score 5 T20 centuries and shattered the record of Virat Kohli for scoring most number of centuries in across all T20 matches by an Indian batsman.

 

On 7th November 2018, during the T20I against West Indies, Rohit Sharma became the first player to hit 4 T20 international centuries. He also captained the series against West Indies which India won, making him as the Indian Captain with most wins in first 10 T20Is as captain. He remained unbeaten on 111 off 61 balls as India beat West Indies by 71 runs.

 

Captaincy

In December 2017, India captain Virat Kohli was rested for the ODIs and T20I against Sri Lanka, in preparation for India’s tour to South Africa, which began in the first week of January 2018. As a result, Rohit was named the Indian captain for the first time in his career. India won the ODI series 2–1, their eighth consecutive series win since beating Zimbabwe in June 2016. India won the T20I series 3–0. Rohit Sharma was selected to lead India for the Nidahas Trophy in March 2018 as Virat Kohli was resting. Rohit Sharma again lead India in the 2018 Asia Cup after Virat Kohli was rested after a rigorous tour of England. India won the tournament after winning the final against Bangladesh. Rohit lead India to defeat West Indies in the T20I series.

 

Indian Premier League

Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful players in Indian Premier League (IPL) and has the unique record of finishing the match by scoring a last-ball six. He has one century and a hat-trick to his name. He is also one of the few players to score more than 4000 runs in the IPL.

 

Sharma was signed up by the Deccan Chargers franchise for a sum of US$750,000 a year in 2008. He was one of the leading run scorers in the 2008 IPL season with 404 runs at an average of 36.72. He also held the coveted Orange Cap for a brief period.

 

In the 2009 season, he was appointed as the vice-captain of the Deccan Chargers. In a match against Kolkata Knight Riders where 21 was required off the last over, Sharma scored 26 off the over from Mashrafe Mortaza to seal a win. He was the fifth bowler to take an IPL hat-trick

 

In the 2011 auction, he was sold for US$2 million to the Mumbai Indians.

 

Rohit scored his first IPL century against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012, getting 109* in 60 balls. He was also declared the Man of the Match.

 

He was promoted as the permanent captain of the Mumbai Indians in 2013, as Ricky Punting was benched due to poor form. Mumbai Indians won the IPL title for the first time, under his captaincy. It was a terrific season for him as a captain as his team went on to win the Champions League T20 as well.

 

In 2015, he led Mumbai Indians to win the IPL title yet again by beating Chennai Super Kings with a margin of 41 runs in the final. He also won the Man of The Match award in the finals.

 

In 2017, the Mumbai Indians finished at the top of the table and also went on to win the final under his captaincy. He is one of the two skippers to lead his team to win the IPL three times, the other being MS Dhoni who led Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2018 IPL final.

 

He had a poor 2018 where he scored 286 runs in 14 innings Poor form compounded with lackluster captaincy over the season saw the Mumbai Indians crashing out against Delhi in a must win match.[63] Unable to qualify for the playoffs, they were not able to defend their third title.

 

International centuries

Main article: List of international cricket centuries by Rohit Sharma

Sharma has scored three Test, 21 ODI, and four T20I centuries. He is the only player to score three double centuries in ODIs and four centuries in T20Is. He is also the only international cricketer to hit seven 150+ scores in ODIs cricket.

 

Records

On 6 November 2018 he became the first batsman to score 4 centuries in T20I’S with his knock of 111 off 61 balls.

On 2 October 2015, Sharma became the second Indian to make a century in T20I cricket, thus becoming the highest scorer in a single T20I innings for India. He scored 106 off 66 balls. This record was broken when K. L. Rahul scored 110* against West Indies on 27 August 2016. Sharma reclaimed it on 22 December 2017 by scoring 118. Sharma became the second Indian after Suresh Raina to have scored a century each in each of the three forms of International Cricket.

On 13 November 2014, Sharma became the highest individual ODI scorer with 264 runs against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He, on that day, also became the only player to hit more than one double centuries in ODI cricket match

Sharma broke the record set by Shane Watson for Most runs from fours and sixes in an innings by scoring 186 runs in boundaries

With 33 fours, Sharma hit the most number of fours in an ODI innings.

On 11 October 2015, he scored 150 in Kanpur against South Africa, making it the highest ODI score in Kanpur

Sharma has the highest number of sixes, 16, in an ODI innings.

A hat-trick in the Indian Premier League

On 12 January 2016, Sharma scored 171* against Australia in a one-day international between India and Australia at Perth. This is the highest score by a visiting batsman against Australia in Australia. The previous top score against Australia in Australia was Viv Richards’ 153 not out at the MCG in 1979–80.

On 13 December 2017, Rohit scored 208* against Sri Lanka to register his 3rd ODI double-century of his career, becoming the only batsman to score three double centuries in ODI history.

On 22 December 2017, against Sri Lanka, Rohit scored his 2nd T20I century of his career and the joint fastest century with David Miller in T20 International cricket (35 balls).

He became only the fifth player to score 2 international T20I centuries after Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Even Lewis and Colin Munro. His knock of 118 was also the highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in T20Is.

With 66 sixes, Sharma hit the most number of the sixes in a year (2017).

Personal life

Rohit Sharma married with Ritika Sajdeh

 

Ritika Sajdeh

Birthday: December 21, 1987

 

Nationality: Indian

 

Famous: Family Members Indian Women

 

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

 

Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Females

 

 

 

Born In: Mumbai

 

Famous As: Wife of Rohit Sharma

 

Height: 1.61 M

 

Spouse/Ex-: Rohit Sharma (M. 2015)

 

Father: Bobby Sajdeh

 

Mother: Tina Sajdeh

 

Siblings: Kunal Sajdeh

 

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Ritika Sajdeh is an Indian sports manager and the wife of Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma. She has been managing sporting engagements for Cornerstone Sport & Entertainment, the management company owned by her first cousin Bunty Sachdeva, since its inception. She was the first person to join the company when it was first established. She has been working there ever since and has become an integral part of the company. Her cousin, who knew Rohit for ten years prior to their marriage, was instrumental in their first meeting. Now that she is married, Bunty has left it to her to decide how she will balance work and home. She now manages her husband as well and accompanies him in his sports tours around the world. Another Indian international cricket player, Yuvraj Singh, is her rakhi-brother.

 

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Rise to Stardom

While Ritika Sajdeh had dealings with a number of celebrities from the sports field due to her job profile, she gained celebrity status after she began dating the of Indian cricket, Rohit Sharma. She was introduced to him by her rakhi-brother Yuvraj Singh during a Reebok shoot in 2008, which she was managing. In an interview on YouTube’s web series ‘Breakfast with Champions’ on December 22, 2017, Rohit revealed to host Gaurav Kapoor how that meeting was a disaster. After reaching the venue, he went on to greet senior player Yuvraj, who was already there with teammate Irfan Pathan and was accompanied by Ritika. As soon as they shook hands, Yuvi introduced him to her and jokingly said not to even look at her as she is his sister. Rohit was worried and angry throughout the shoot, but managed to complete it. However, after the shoot, he was told by the director that he needs to re-record his lines as the mic was off. Frustrated, when he came down for a walk, he was joined by Ritika who nicely told him to let her know if he needs any assistance. They became friends afterwards, and she started managing him as well. From manager and friend, she soon became his best friend, and the two began dating shortly after.

 

 

Relationship with Rohit

Six year into the relationship, on April 28, 2015, Rohit Sharma reportedly drove Ritika Sajdeh to Borivali sports club ground, where he first started playing competitively at the age of 11, and proposed to her with a solitaire ring. They got engaged on June 3, 2015 and subsequently got married on December 13, 2015 at Mumbai’s Taj Lands Hotel in Bandra (West). The ceremony was attended by a host of famous people from sports, Bollywood, business and politics. The Ambanis also organized a Wedding Celebration party for Rohit Sharma and his teammate Harbhajan Singh, who had also wedded recently, at their residence Antilla in Mumbai. On December 14, 2015, her brother Kunal threw a post-wedding Music and Dance party at the St. Regis Astor Ballroom-Level 9, Near Palladium Mall in Lower Parel, Mumbai.

While leading the Indian team in the absence of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma scored the third double century of his career, a score of 208 not out, against Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI at Mohali on December 13, 2017. It was the perfect second anniversary gift for her who was cheering for him from the VIP box and could be seen wiping her tears of joy afterwards. After winning the Man-of-the-match award for scoring 115 runs off 126 balls in the fifth ODI against South Africa on February 13, 2018, Rohit Sharma dedicated the award to his wife as a Valentine’s Day gift.

Personal Life of Ritika Sajdeh

Ritika Sajdeh was born on December 21, 1987 to Bobby and Tina Sajdeh. She has a brother named Kunal Sajdeh who is a Business Development Consultant and currently serves as the manager of IMG Reliance Pvt. Ltd. She currently lives in Ahuja Towers, Worli, and Mumbai with her husband, whom she calls by the nickname ‘Ro’. Her hobbies include travelling and water sports. She is very fond of dogs and often posts pictures with her pets.

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Batting Career Summary

M         Inn       NO      Runs    HS       Avg     BF       SR       100      200      50        4s         6s

Test     25        43        6          1479    177      39.97   2682    55.15   3          0          9          144      29

ODI     193      187      31        7454    264      47.78   8406    88.67   21        3          37        655      202

T20I    89        81        14        2214    118      33.04   1603    138.12 4          0          15        200      96

IPL      173      168      27        4493    109      31.87   3429    131.03 1          0          34        379      184

Bowling Career Summary

M         Inn       B         Runs    Wkts    BBI     BBM   Econ    Avg     SR       5W      10W

Test     25        10        334      202      2          1/26     1/35     3.63     101.0   167.0   0          0

ODI     193      38        593      515      8          2/27     2/27     5.21     64.38   74.12   0          0

T20I    89        9          68        113      1          1/22     1/22     9.97     113.0   68.0     0          0

IPL      173      30        332      440      15        4/6       4/6       7.95     29.33   22.13   0          0

Career Information

Test debut vs. Windiest at Eden Gardens, Nov 06, 2013 Last Test vs. South Africa at Super Sport Park, Jan 13, 2018 ODI debut vs. Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jun 23, 2007 Last ODI vs. Windiest at Greenfield International Stadium, Nov 01, 2018 T20 debut vs. England at Kingsmead, Sep 19, 2007 Last T20 vs. Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Nov 23, 2018 IPL debut vs. Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Apr 20, 2008 Last IPL vs. Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, May 20, 2018 Profile Talent – an apparently heartening term that has followed Rohit Sharma around like a shadow; even haunted him at times. It seems to be a burden that the cricketing fraternity has enforced upon him and, after more than a decade in the national setting, he has been weighed down by the label.

 

Harsha Bhogle spoke of whispers in the domestic circuit; of coaches and scouts spotting the effortless, free-flowing stroke-play of a Mumbai teenager. Having cruised through first-class cricket, with an average well above 50, he shot to the limelight when he scored a brisk unbeaten triple-hundred at the Ranji level.

 

It all began after an injury to an in-form Yuvraj Singh in the 2007 World T20, when Rohit was called upon as a last-minute emergency replacement to play a league game against the hosts. After a lackluster start to the Indian innings, the 20-year-old strode out into Kingsmead and stroked his way to a fluent half-century against the likes of Pollock, Ntini and Morkel as though he were having a net session. He went one step further in the final of the tournament and showed startling maturity under pressure to survive till the end of the innings, escorting India to a respectable total that they ultimately defended, knocking South Africa out of the tournament in their own backyard.

 

Indians have a thing for like-for-like replacements. More specifically, they have a thing for spotting similarities with the days gone by. Deep within the stat-obsessed Indian, there lies a cricketing romantic who is struck by nostalgia when manifested with the idea of an elegant-looking batsman with free-flowing batting style from Mumbai. That’s right – Rohit Sharma was touted to be the Great Sachin Tendulkar’s long-destined successor at number 4 in the Test batting line-up. After all, it added up: so much time to play his shots, effortless stroke-making capabilities even against express pace, and a wide repertoire of shots. This had to be God’s gift to cricket in the post-Tendulkar era, right?

 

Rohit was subsequently picked for the ODI team on a selection whim after his burst of vital performances in the World T20 and his impressive Ranji Trophy record. He made an impression in the CB series Down Under, playing some crucial cameos against stalwarts like Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, and a more-than-competent Sri Lankan attack. These inspired away performances in the World T20 and the CB series caught the eye of the selectors, and warranted him an extended run with the limited-overs side.

 

However, inconsistency and a knack of gifting his wicket away meant that he struggled to cement his spot in the side. Critics pointed out that he had too many shots for the same ball, and this meant that shot selection was becoming a bit of an issue for him. Furthermore, several experts spotted that he had trouble playing the short ball since his stance was too side-on and that he had no back-and-across trigger movement. His pedestrian batting average of 22 to go with a string of low scores and unconverted starts meant that he failed to cement a spot in the side for the 2011 Cricket World Cup squad…

 

Looking back at his career, Rohit Sharma would have the Indian Premier League to thank for keeping him in the reckoning and not being discarded liked several other young and talented cricketers who burst forth into national reckoning but couldn’t make it big at the highest level. In the first two years of the IPL, his performance stood out, as he made over 350 runs each time for the Deccan Chargers and proved his worth to his franchise. He was then transferred to the Mumbai Indians franchise in 2011 and has been one of their most consistent batsmen over the years.

 

Rohit continued to oscillate in and out of the Indian eleven without being able to establish himself in the side, having been given ample opportunities despite a well-established Indian middle-order. Alas, after making it to the Playing XI for the Nagpur Test against South Africa in 2010, he was lamentably injured in a warm-up football game after coming heart-breakingly close to receiving the coveted India cap. He was subsequently ruled out of the series in a gut-wrenching turn of events, and wouldn’t get another opportunity to prove his Test credentials for another 4 years.

 

Rohit’s proved himself on the IPL stage again in 2011 and made a comeback ODI squad for the tour of West Indies where he scored three half-centuries in five matches. However, this turned out to be another false dawn as he followed it up with a string of low scores in the CB series in Australia and a nightmare tour of Sri Lanka with 14 runs in 5 innings, including 2 ducks. He had already been given a more-than-extended run and was starting to build an unenviable reputation of a frustratingly fascinating player.

 

The generally fickle selectors, surprisingly, continued to back him. Eventually, due to lack of contenders for the opener’s spot in ODIs, MS Dhoni, the Indian captain, decided to try him as an opener in the limited-overs’ format.

 

The term ‘masterstroke’ has always been a bit of an enigma, historically being used in a vague, result-based manner. The move to promote Rohit Sharma to the top of the order has paid enough dividends for it to be termed a masterstroke – India had finally found a candidate for the opener’s spot, and Rohit seemed to have finally scripted a turnaround after almost 5 years in and out of the side. With enough time to play himself in as an opener, Rohit and Dhawan formed a formidable opening partnership, playing a substantial role in India’s unbeaten and successful Champions’ Trophy campaign in 2013. Still, the talented tag followed him around, and Rohit – at long last – started to live up to it. In a run-fest of an ODI series against Australia, Rohit scored 491 runs in 6 outings, culminating in a violent 209 in the deciding ODI in Bangalore, joining a crème de la crème list of ODI double-centurions that comprised of Sachin Tendulkar and VI render Sehwag.

 

 

Rohit, the ODI player, finally delivered a break-through performance as an opener with an impeccable limited-overs tour of Australia in early 2016, making back-to-back hundreds and a 99 in the series and finally answering the faith of the selectors and his captain. He had become a one-day monster who developed a habit started his ODI innings in a slow and steady manner, but could really lay into any bowling attack once he was in. With an extended home season, Rohit continued to get chances in Tests and showed vast improvement in his technique, playing closer to his body and preventing his ODI game to amalgamate with his more air-tight Test technique. With four fifties and a hundred in his last 5 innings, he capped off a fruitful home season with an unprecedented third ODI double-century against a woebegone Sri Lankan attack.

 

Eerily enough, Rohit has once again been picked for the Test series in South Africa based on his performances at home. With the vexatious pattern of getting picked for away tours based on home performances, and no county stints in his CV, Rohit would be looking forward to correcting the glaring blemish in his record – Test performances outside the subcontinent.

 

With Ajinkya Raphine, one of the most complete batsmen in the side, breathing down his neck, Rohit Sharma must be swift in grabbing his Test opportunities, or he could soon find himself on the bench. His ODI performance, nonetheless, has been improving by leaps and bounds, as he caps off a laudable 2017 with 1293 runs and 6 centuries. A more technically sound batsman now, Rohit has shown improvement against the red ball with better awareness of his off-stump, a more compact technique, and a higher degree of patience. However, unless he is able to convert his ability into overseas runs, his tale will continue to be one that makes you ponder what could have been.

 

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