On this day happy 33 to India’s limited overs vice captain Rohit Sharma. When you think of Rohit Sharma, you think of his lazy elegance, a sheer timer of cricket ball and a greatstroke maker. Undoubtedly, the most beautiful batsman to watch when on song and batting starts to look very easy plus his effortless six hitting is just icing on the cake.
Rohit carrier can be divided into two parts; one before Champions trophy 2013 and another half being after that. Before Champions trophy, he was considered as one of the most talented batsman in cricket community mainly because of his timing and ability to hit the ball on the rise with minimum effort. Rohit was the part of 2007 inaugural T20 World Cup winning team and was termed as the next big thing in Indian cricket but due to his inconsistent form, he was in and out of the team and that also led to his exclusion for the 2011 World Cup.
The selectors always believed in his potential so he remained in selectors’ scheme of things but still the breakthrough moment hasn’t arrived yet.
With Sachin not playing limited over matches and was near to his retirement plus the failures of the duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir meant that Indian team is looking for a new opening pair in ODI cricket and Rohit was given the responsibility in series against England at Mohali where he scored 83 in the winning cause. Opening in 2013 Champions trophy in England completely changed dynamics of Rohit’s career as he and Shikhar Dhawan played pivotal role in India’s successful triumph.
Since the 2013 Champions trophy, he has becomed strongest pillar of India’s limited over squad along with Virat Kohli.
Four unbreakable records of Rohit
1.Rohit has scored 6 Test, 4 T20s and 29 ODI centuries and has converted 3 of his ODI tons into double.
2.His highest score is 264 which is also the highest individual score in ODI cricket history.
3.He is well known for his Daddy hundreds in ODI cricket and has the record of most 150’s to his name.
4.He is also the Fastest to 7000 ODI runs as an opener (137 innings).
When it comes to six hitting, everyone thinks of raw muscle power of the likes of Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Andre Russell but unlike them, Rohit’s stroke making revolves around on his footwork, wrist work, timing on the ball plus the extra second he possess to play the ball late make his sixes look effortless. He is ranked No1in the list of most sixes in ODI cricket by an Indian batsman and 4th overall with 244 maximums.
According to the Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch, Rohit Sharma features in his list of top-five great ODI batters of all time. He has been India’s most reliable batsman along with Virat Kohli.
Well one thing is for sure when he is on song the best possible thing you can do is to have a popcorn and enjoy the master class from the”Rohitman Sharma” because he is indeed very pleasant and joyful to watch. Happy 33 Hitman.
Article by Paramdeep Rathee