India need to make the best use of Rohit Sharma’s form

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    India won the first ODI against England at Trent Bridge, a venue known as batting paradise for limited overs cricket in England.

    England back in 2016 notched 444-3, the highest score in history, before breaking their record with 481-6 against a visiting Australia this year.

    An even contest was expected, but India completely bulldozed the home side, with Kuldeep Yadav taking the best figures by a visiting leg spinner with 6-25 to restrict the Three Lions to a below par 268.

    In reply, Shikhar Dhawan came out all guns blazing before falling prey to Moeen Ali, but Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and centurion Rohit Sharma took the side to the safety before KL Rahul finished off the match.

    It’s been a remarkable turnaround for Rohit Sharma. From the time he was promoted to open, in a matter of five years he is on the way to becoming a great white ball cricketer.

    In the last year or so, Rohit has taken his batting to another level, a man who would buckle in crisis suddenly seems to be flourishing in the crunch moments like his skipper Virat Kohli.

    He scored a match-winning hundred against New Zealand in a deciding ODI, led from the front in the final T20 against South Africa when Virat was injured, and played crucial knocks to take his team to victories in IPL matches. He also scored a hundred in the deciding T20 against England, and now another century chasing in first the ODI at Trent Bridge. Rohit has taken a step up when it comes to making it count in big moments.

    With time perhaps, Rohit has decided he wants to improve to better his record to be the best he possibly can. With his talent sky is the limit.

    He had struggled to get going in South Africa but was made scapegoat despite showing a spark of his talent with 47 runs in the final innings but was dropped after that.

    Now with all the momentum behind himself on tour, the time is ripe for Rohit Sharma to stake his claim in the Test arena.

    All in all, Rohit has shown the talent, promise and performance in white ball cricket. Now the time is ripe to fulfil his potential to take it to red ball arena. Cricket is a game of momentum and Rohit has a lot of it at the moment.

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    • July 14th 2018 @ 12:32pm
      Tanmoy Kar said | July 14th 2018 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

      Rohit Sharma is successful only as an opener in ODIs. His Test records in middle order is mediocre, 1479 runs in 25 Tests @ 40. Even in last tour in South Africa he scored only 78 runs in 4 innings. Considering his good form now, he may be selected for the Test squad. But he will not be included in the playing XI by dropping both Rahul and Rahane, as India is going to play only 5 regular batsmen with 2 all-rounders Pandya and Ashwin.

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