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  1. #81
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    Ton for Rohit. This is looking really bad for Pakistan.

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    Cracking century against Pakistan in the world cup.

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    He is one of the very best going around. A real treat to watch.

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    One of the giants of the ODI game. Masterclass.

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    ABD is flashy with his unorthodox T20 shots.

    Sharma with his orthodox pulls, cuts and cover drives looks God like sometimes. He has so much time.

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    We are so blessed to have both Hitman and the King.

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    Yes, by far.


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    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    To be honest yes, he's up there. Been a fan of his batting since I saw him play for the Deccan Chargers in IPL 1/2.

    ...Except against us, he can't do jack.
    This didn't age well.


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    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    I found ABDV highly entertaining among modern day player.Rohit is also in the same league in terms of entertainment.

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    Rohit Sharma is a better ODI batsman than Virat Kohli. He should be India's LOI captain. He has a calm head too.


    Bangladeshi Fan

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    I surely find him more entertaining than virat kohli.

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    A change in technique after being asked to open had a negative impact on his performance and no wonder VVS Laxman wants Rohit Sharma to stick to his natural game in his new role during the upcoming three-match test South Africa starting on October 2.Laxman was one of the earlier examples in Indian cricket, who was forced to open the innings between 1996-98 despite being a specialist middle-order batsman, a role he never felt comfortable with.

    “The biggest advantage that Rohit has is his experience, which I didn’t have. I opened in Test cricket only after playing four Test matches. Rohit has played 12 years of international cricket. So he has the maturity and the experience and he is also in good form,” Laxman told former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta, during an interview on latter’s YouTube channel “Deep Point”.

    Laxman, who also was a touch player like the wristy Mumbaikar, could relate with Rohit’s situation and spoke about how a tweak in technique messed his rhythm.

    “I believe the mistake that I made while opening the innings was to change my mindset, which got me a lot of success as a middle-order batsman, whether it’s batting No 3 or No 4,” said the 44-year-old, who scored 8781 runs in 134 Tests.

    “I also tried to change my technique. As a middle-order batsman, I was always having a front press (front-foot trigger) and then go towards the ball, whereas talking to seniors and coaches, I went to back and across as I had to face Curtly Ambrose (97-away series), who would generate steep bounce from length. This huge change in approach affected my batting and I hope Rohit shouldn’t do it,” Laxman told the former India stumper.

    “If you tweak your natural game too much, then you will not get the results as your mind gets cluttered and you tend to lose your rhythm. I can admit that my flow was affected when I opened. Rohit is a rhythm-based player and if his touch gets affected, then it will be difficult,” the Hyderabadi stylist was candid in his confession.

    However Laxman didn’t discount that there is a basic discipline, more so in mindset that an opener must have and he is confident that a player of Rohit’s calibre can imbibe that after so many years of international experience.

    “There is a slight change in mindset but technique should remain the same. Yes, there are certain basics like initially, you shouldn’t be fishing for balls outside the off-stump, not play too much away from the body, leave the bouncers. That mental discipline, which is very important. That discipline is also required is ODI also when white kookaburra swings,” reminded Laxman.

    For Laxman, opening the batting has its own advantages and primary being sub-continent pitches changing character drastically as the match progresses. “Another thing that would work in his favour is opening for the first time in Indian conditions. So it is a good thing to open, when the wicket is fresh and evenly-paced and playing well. With passage of time, batting can become difficult on uneven, abrasive surfaces, It could become difficult to play reverse swing, or when the ball is spinning,” he observed.

    Laxman is happy that selection committee has made it clear that Rohit will open in all three Test matches. “He will get three Tests and it’s not often that a selection committee shows so much faith in a player and guarantee that he will open in three games.” The Proteas attack save Kagiso Rabada doesn’t have a lot of quality and penetration in their attack and batting upfront will give him time to play big knocks, Laxman said. In the last six or seven Test matches, he has been averaging 50, but he probably didn’t get rhythm because of a start-stop career. But good he will now get three Test matches. “The SA attack is thin on experience on these tracks and for me, only Rabada is a wicket-taking option. The bowling lacks penetration and if he can get set, he can score a double hundred also. He will have more chance of big scores than batting No 6.” For India’s white-ball vice-captain, being an opener is far better than warming the bench, the batting great feels.

    “Rohit wants to play Test cricket and with Ajinkya (Rahane) and (Hanuma) Vihari at No’s five and six Rohit knows that his chance to do well is as an opener. He should take this positively. He has nothing to lose. For a class player like him, it is better than sitting in the bench. He has to be in that playing XI,” he concluded

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    The era of Rohit Sharma the test match opener begins with a bang

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    The most non violent six hitter in cricket. Deserves a ton on Gandhi Jayanthi

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    Century for Rohit

    Got chance to open in tests. Grabs it with both hands!

    Rahul, Dhawan,Vijay ne crying

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    Starts his test match opening career with 10 sixes

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    PUNE: A fan on Saturday dodged the security personnel at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium during the ongoing 2nd Test between India and South Africa, and made his way on to the playing field.

    The fan came to Rohit Sharma, who was standing in the slips, and touched the opener’s feet. As a result, Rohit lost his balance and fell over the fan.

    The incident happened when Vernon Philander had just walked in after the dismissal of Senuran Muthusamy.

    It was the third such incident in the ongoing South Africa tour of India. In the first Test at Vizag, a fan shook India skipper Virat Kohli‘s hand and tried to take a selfie with the on-field cricketers.

    Earlier during the 2nd T20I between the two teams in Mohali, the proceedings were interrupted twice as fans entered the field.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    PUNE: A fan on Saturday dodged the security personnel at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium during the ongoing 2nd Test between India and South Africa, and made his way on to the playing field.

    The fan came to Rohit Sharma, who was standing in the slips, and touched the opener’s feet. As a result, Rohit lost his balance and fell over the fan.

    The incident happened when Vernon Philander had just walked in after the dismissal of Senuran Muthusamy.

    It was the third such incident in the ongoing South Africa tour of India. In the first Test at Vizag, a fan shook India skipper Virat Kohli‘s hand and tried to take a selfie with the on-field cricketers.

    Earlier during the 2nd T20I between the two teams in Mohali, the proceedings were interrupted twice as fans entered the field.



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    He is half man half God now for many Indians.

    Hitman forever

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    Depends on what you mean by entertaining, for me nothing beats watching Hafeez batting against a quality fast bowler on a lively wicket - does not get more entertaining then that.

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    The issue of pitch invaders during matches in India has become a common occurrence. Twice fans broke on to the field during India’s 2nd T20I against South Africa in Mohali. Similar thing happened during India’s 1st Test against the Proteas in Visakhapatnam. Now, on Day 3 of the 2nd Test between the two teams in Pune, a fan went past the security forces to ran inside the stadium, just after the Lunch break.

    The pitch invader ran straight towards batsman Rohit Sharma and in his attempts to kiss his feet, he took the cricketer down with him, before he was taken away by the security guards.

    The incident prompted an angry reaction from former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who was on commentary duties at the time. “These incidents happen because security people are not watching the crowd but are watching the match. This has been the perennial problem in India. The security is not there to watch the match for free. They are there to stop such interruptions from happening,” he said.

    He further added: “I say put the camera on the security and check whether they are watching the match or the crowd. This is a dangerous security issue which is what you are there for, to make sure no one goes into the ground. Anyone can cause damage to a player. It has happened in the past, why take a chance.”

    Gavaskar went on: “Remember, it is not easy to get into the ground. There are a lot of barricades, and still these incidents are happening.”

    India fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami made early inroads to leave South Africa in complete disarray on day three of the second test at Pune on Saturday. The touring side, trailing the three-test series 1-0, crawled to 136 for six wickets at lunch, still 465 runs behind India’s mammoth first innings total of 601-5 declared.

    Faf du Plessis was unbeaten on 52 with Senuran Muthusamy six not out at the break with South Africa relying on their captain to first avoid follow-on and then bid for a draw to keep the series alive.

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    Hitting sixes in a test match for fun! another century.

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    What a guy!

    What a return to test cricket!

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    390 sixes more. 9 more sixes, he will go past McCullum for hitting the highest international sixes (in all formats). Only afridi and gayle will be ahead of him.

    Gayle 534
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    390 sixes more. 9 more sixes, he will go past McCullum for hitting the highest international sixes (in all formats). Only afridi and gayle will be ahead of him.

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    The way Hitman is going right now, firing in all 3 formats it won't be too long before he goes past Afridi and Gayle.

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    still think he is a mediocre player away from home. Would never pick him for England, south africa tours. ever. cannon fodder there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyron_woodley View Post
    still think he is a mediocre player away from home. Would never pick him for England, south africa tours. ever. cannon fodder there.
    He will be exposed in SA for sure, England on certain pitches he can get away. In NZ he will struggle if India bats first. In Australia he might do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majid Khan View Post
    Depends on what you mean by entertaining, for me nothing beats watching Hafeez batting against a quality fast bowler on a lively wicket - does not get more entertaining then that.
    That was savage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majid Khan View Post
    Depends on what you mean by entertaining, for me nothing beats watching Hafeez batting against a quality fast bowler on a lively wicket - does not get more entertaining then that.
    lol c'mon bro leave poor hafeez alone. haha. steyn retired. btw babar made steyn his little bunny.

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    Ngidi bowling 145 kph

    Rohit on 199

    Pulls Ngidi for back to back sixes with a fielder placed right at the boundary to take the catch.

    Sheer guts and confidence of this man!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Ngidi bowling 145 kph

    Rohit on 199

    Pulls Ngidi for back to back sixes with a fielder placed right at the boundary to take the catch.

    Sheer guts and confidence of this man!!!
    Pace has never, ever bothered Rohit. He feasts on pace and bounce. He's brilliant on slow and low pitches too.

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    Riding on Rohit Sharma's double hundred, Ravindra Jadeja's fifty and Umesh Yadav's entertaining 31, Virat Kohli-led team India continued their dominance over South Africa with a number of records broken on day 2 of the 3rd Test at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.

    The day which ended early due to bad light saw a number of records including Rohit (99.84) surpassing Don Bradman (98.22) for the highest Test average at home with his maiden double century (212) which included 28 fours and six sixes before he was caught.

    Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has also become only the fifth Indian opener after Vinoo Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Sunil Gavskar and birthday boy Virender Sehwag to score 500-plus runs in a single Test series.

    Interestingly, the former hard-hitting batsman Sehwag is the only player to have reached his 100 and 300 with a six in the same innings in Tests whereas, Rohit is now the only Indian to have reached his 100 and 200 with a six in the same innings in Tests.

    Dane Piedt, who was brought into the XI by South Africa for the 3rd Test, appeared nowhere near the bowler that dominated the domestic franchise system after he owned the dubious record for the most sixes conceded by a bowler in a series - 20. The economy rate for Dane Piedt suffered as Rohit has been severe on Piedt in this series hitting him for 133 runs of just 107 balls including 11 maximums.

    Rohit is now only the 4th batsman after Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Gayle to score hundreds in both ODI and Test formats of the game.

    Rohit, who has the ability to switch the gears at ease, has also broken the world record for the most number of sixes hit in a Test series (19).

    In the company of Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane played a perfect supporting role for his teammate as he went on to score 115 from 192 balls. Rahane's 267-run stand with Rohit included a unique record of his 200th partnership in Tests without ever being involved in a run out.

    Kohli's batsmen helped India to score the most number of hundreds (7) in a series against Proteas surpassing six in the home series in 2009-10. Four of India's top five individual scores against South Africa have come in this series.

    On day 2, it looked like that India's pacer Umesh Yadav was giving tribute to the legend Virendra Sehwag on his birthday with his bat. Umesh has became the fastest player in Test history to score 30+ runs. He also went on to script another record and surpassed Stephen Fleming, who had struck 31* runs in 11 balls against South Africa in 2004. West Indies' Nam McLean's 12-ball 31 (vs South Africa in 1998), Abdur Razzak's 17-ball 43 (vs Zimbabwe in 2011) and Australia's WP Howell's 15-ball 35 make the top five.

    India batsmen hit 47 sixes in this series which is a new record in a Test series. Team India has eclipsed the previous tally of 40 in the five-Test Australia vs England series in 2013-14.

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    India opener Rohit Sharma, who brought up his maiden Test double-century on day two of the Ranchi Test, heaped praise on Ajinkya Rahane, saying that the middle-order batsman "actually got us the momentum".

    The hosts were reduced by a Kagiso Rabada-led bowling attack to 39/3 in the first session of day one when Rahane joined Rohit at the crease. From there, the duo ruthlessly negated South Africa, in a fourth-wicket stand of 267, to set up another colossal first-innings total for India.

    Rohit, who made 212 from 255 balls, said that after they were forced to begin cautiously due to the early losses, it was Rahane who wrested the initiative back for the home team post-lunch.

    "Our plan was very simple," Rohit said on Sunday, 20 October. "When we knew there was something in the pitch for the bowler, we just wanted to respect that spell, and we knew the time will come for us to get those runs in the second session, so we just wanted to play the first session out cautiously, and then see where we stand [at] lunch.

    "Once we got out in the middle after lunch, it was Ajinkya who started taking that momentum, and it was he who actually got us the momentum. If I'm not wrong, he was batting on 40 off 43 balls just around the first drinks after lunch, which means we capitalised on the loose balls, we got those singles as well, so the rotation of strike was happening every now and then, which is always good for a batsman.

    "When you keep changing strike, it doesn't allow the bowler to keep bowling there, because different batsmen, different style of play, the bowlers have to adjust their length as well, so I think we did that pretty well, particularly Ajinkya. He came out and started playing his shots, and from there he never looked back. The partnership after that kept growing."

    Rohit said that this kind of rescue act was nothing new from Rahane, who scored his first Test century at home in over three years, before being dismissed for 115.

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    NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Captaining India is such an honour for Rohit Sharma that he would not fuss whether it’s full time or sporadic, the stylish opener said on Thursday.

    Virat Kohli leads India across formats but former players including Yuvraj Singh see merit in split captaincy with limited-overs stalwart Rohit as the white-ball leader.

    Rohit captained India to Asia Cup victory last year and, with Kohli resting, will lead the side again in the three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh starting in New Delhi on Sunday.

    Rohit has also polished his leadership credentials by leading Mumbai Indians to four Indian Premier League titles but was not too hung up on permanent captaincy in the shorter formats.

    “Look, these are beyond our controls,” Rohit, the only batsman with three 200-plus scores in one-day internationals, told reporters on Thursday.

    “Captaining India is a massive honour, be it for one match, 10 matches or 100 matches. When we were younger, the dream we had was of playing for India, not of leading India.

    “I got this opportunity to lead the team, and it’s a great honour. I have captained team in the past and it was a good experience.

    “I never think ‘why did they make me captain for just one series or two series. Why not for a full year?’

    “I don’t think or even talk about these things. Whenever I get these opportunities, I happily shoulder the responsibility and try to set an example.”

    The 32-year-old Mumbai player has revived his stop-start long-format career by reinventing himself as a test opener in the 3-0 rout of South Africa earlier this month.

    Rohit, who was adjudged man of the series after finishing as the top scorer, will face a new challenge in the two-test series against Bangladesh, which will include a day-night test in Kolkata.

    “It will be very exciting, it being our first test in pink ball,” he said.

    “I can’t talk about others but I played a Duleep Trophy match with pink balls and it was a good experience.

    “We have been waiting to play a test with pink balls and finally the opportunity is here. We will try to do well and get all 60 points (under World Test Championship).”

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    Rohit Sharma is set to reclaim the tag of the highest run-getter in T20Is in India’s upcoming series at home against Bangladesh. Rohit will lead India in the series, which will start from November 3, in regular captain Virat Kohli’s absence.

    Kohli and Rohit, the two leading run-getters in the history of the T20I format, are now locked in a battle for the tag for the batsman with the most runs. Rohit is 7 runs behind Kohli at the moment.

    Kohli (2450 runs) and Rohit (2443 runs) are the two all-time leading run-scorers in T20I cricket. They are two of only five batsmen who have scored more than 2000 runs in this format – the others being Martin Guptill (2283 runs), Shoaib Malik (2263 runs) and Brendon McCullum (2140 runs).

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    I love rohit but I think Butler is tremendous when in flow. The way he slices 90+ metres sixes to long-on and long-off is stupendous. That too on yorker length deliveries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shantanu View Post
    I love rohit but I think Butler is tremendous when in flow. The way he slices 90+ metres sixes to long-on and long-off is stupendous. That too on yorker length deliveries.
    Butler is overrated, immensely talented but hasn't really set the world on fire with performance, Rohit is ten times the player in terms of reliability.

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    Pound for pound Buttler may be more entertaining.

    But when Rohit hits that sixth gear level, everyone gets left in the dust

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    On average Buttler is more talented. He doesn't need time to settle in. Rohit is either hit or miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Rohit Sharma is set to reclaim the tag of the highest run-getter in T20Is in India’s upcoming series at home against Bangladesh. Rohit will lead India in the series, which will start from November 3, in regular captain Virat Kohli’s absence.

    Kohli and Rohit, the two leading run-getters in the history of the T20I format, are now locked in a battle for the tag for the batsman with the most runs. Rohit is 7 runs behind Kohli at the moment.

    Kohli (2450 runs) and Rohit (2443 runs) are the two all-time leading run-scorers in T20I cricket. They are two of only five batsmen who have scored more than 2000 runs in this format – the others being Martin Guptill (2283 runs), Shoaib Malik (2263 runs) and Brendon McCullum (2140 runs).

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    Scored 9 today so highest T20I runs scorer at the moment.


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    Rohit Sharma will play his 100th T20I when he takes the field in the second match of the ongoing T20I series between India and Bangladesh in Rajkot on Thursday. This is a landmark no Indian has reached. Only one cricketer – Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik – has played more than 100 T20Is.

    Among Indians, MS Dhoni is the second most experienced in T20Is, with 98 caps. Rohit Sharma overtook Dhoni as the most experienced Indian campaigner in T20Is in the first match of the ongoing series. Shoaib Mail has 111 T20I caps.

    Speaking about the milestone in Delhi, Rohit had said, “It’s been a long journey since 2007, I made my debut in the T20 World Cup. There has been a lot ups and down in the last 12 years in this format particularly. This has taught me so many lessons going forward.”

    “When you come into the team as a youngster, you are trying to learn things which happened quite smoothly at start. Then with few ups and few downs, I have become a stronger player and understood my game really well,” he had added.

    Rohit is also just 48 runs away from becoming the first batsman to reach the landmark of 2500 T20I runs – something he could do in the ongoing series.

    He is the highest run-getter in the format, with 2452 runs. He is one of five batsmen in the world who have crossed the 2000-run mark in T20Is, with Virat Kohli his closest competitor (2450 runs).

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    He's done it again.

    What an entertainer!

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    He most definitely is. Elegance, ruthlessness, and consistency, this man is the most talented bat I have seen since Sachin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperion66 View Post
    He most definitely is. Elegance, ruthlessness, and consistency, this man is the most talented bat I have seen since Sachin.
    Shame that he didn't achieved in test cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    Shame that he didn't achieved in test cricket.
    Are you sure? His test average is close to 50 (and if you look at it from 01-Jan-2018 it would be over 60). Granted that this wasn't his favorite format in the beginning but he is turning this around in a major way.

    That said, he has a long way to go and hasn't played enough outside Asia to be really judged properly in Tests. However saying that he didn't achieve anything would be wrong.

    I like what he brings to the table in terms of sheer dominance and clean hitting ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck View Post
    Are you sure? His test average is close to 50 (and if you look at it from 01-Jan-2018 it would be over 60). Granted that this wasn't his favorite format in the beginning but he is turning this around in a major way.

    That said, he has a long way to go and hasn't played enough outside Asia to be really judged properly in Tests. However saying that he didn't achieve anything would be wrong.

    I like what he brings to the table in terms of sheer dominance and clean hitting ability.
    He played half of his test matches outside Asia and you are telling it's not good enough to judge him?
    He was one of the reasons why India lost in South Africa last year.
    His real test will be in Newzealand next year,let's see how he deals a moving ball against Boult and co.

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    Rohit Sharma at 100: The Hitman's top records

    Rohit Sharma's 85 in India's win in the second T20I against Bangladesh was another addition to his many match-winning knocks in a glittering T20I career so far. We take a closer look at his numbers and records, which reflect why he's one of the greatest batsmen in the format.

    Rohit has had a glorious run in 2019 so far. He started with an ODI century against Australia in Sydney in January and followed it up with five more during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019. He carried that form to the five-day format too, scoring 529 runs from four innings in home Tests against South Africa.

    With that kind of form, a big knock in T20Is wasn't far away. After all, it is a format in which he first captured the attention of many, during India's victorious campaign in the inaugural edition of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2007. On Thursday, 7 November, India's stand-in captain hit 85 off just 43 balls, including six hits to the fence and as many over it, to help his side draw level in the three-match series.

    Here are some of the records reached in recent times by India's best-ranked batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Batting Rankings.

    100 T20I appearances

    The second T20I against Bangladesh in Rajkot marked the 100th T20I appearance for Rohit, making him only the second man to reach the mark after Pakistan's Shoaib Malik. He remains one of the only three Indian players to have featured in each edition of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

    Most runs in T20Is

    There has been stiff competition in the run-making charts between India skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit for quite some time now. For now, Rohit is leading the way with 2537 runs from 92 innings. His best run came in 2018, when he made 590 runs from 18 innings at an average of 36.88, including two unbeaten hundreds against England and West indies.

    Most hundreds

    Rohit is the only player to have hit four T20I hundreds; Australia's Glenn Maxwell and New Zealand's Colin Munro having hit three each. The second of those came off a mere 35 balls, against Sri Lanka in Indore in December 2017 and saw him become the joint-fastest to the mark alongside South Africa's David Miller and Czech Republic's Sudesh Wickramasekara. Sharma's 43-ball 118 included 12 fours and 10 sixes, and powered India to their highest T20I total of 260/5.

    Most fifty-plus scores:

    Rohit has 18 fifties, second after Kohli's 22. Along with his four hundreds, it makes him the joint record-holder for most 50-plus scores in the format. The most significant one perhaps came in his very first outing in the format: he scored an unbeaten fifty in a must win game against South Africa in Durban during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2007.

    Most sixes

    Rohit has hit 115 sixes in T20Is, the most by any player in the format. A striking feature about his six-hitting is that he relies more on the timing and maintaining his shape, rather than just aiming to muscle the ball. He has hit 225 fours too, the second most behind Virat Kohli's 235; thus, he leads the overall boundary count with 340.

    Best T20I partnership

    Rohit first opened in international cricket during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2009. Since then, he and Shikhar Dhawan have 1740 runs from 51 innings at an average of 34.11 in T20Is: the highest tally for any pair in the format. They've notched up four century stands while at it, with the highest of 160 coming against Ireland in Dublin in 2018.

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    After Virat he is a close contender for the 2nd spot. His speciality is he finds the gap so easily and consistently. Amazing. The map of Fielding setting by the opposition is always inside his head and he strokeplays accordingly.

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    Personally, i enjoy watching umar akmal bat, just waiting for his brain fade after scoring a dazzling 30 is disappointing and at the same time reassuring.

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    After Butler a big Yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainul View Post
    After Virat he is a close contender for the 2nd spot. His speciality is he finds the gap so easily and consistently. Amazing. The map of Fielding setting by the opposition is always inside his head and he strokeplays accordingly.
    Butler is the most entertaining cricketer around and Rohit is second. before them it was ADB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Butler is the most entertaining cricketer around and Rohit is second. before them it was ADB
    I think Jason Roy is more dangerous than Buttler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy0204 View Post
    I think Jason Roy is more dangerous than Buttler.
    We are talking about entertaining - Butler is truly 360 and more often than not he executes.

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    It was a mere trundle, and a nice smooth release of the ball. It pitched just outside the off stump around good length, it did not seam, did not shape much yet did just enough to compliment the bounce and took the outside edge of Rohit Sharma’s bat. Rohit was a tad lethargic in his feet movement but that takes nothing away from the delivery.

    A few minutes later Shikhar Dhawan was beaten all ends up by a fuller length delivery that once again moved to perfection to sneak through gap between bat and pad. Unlike Rohit, Dhawan was guilty of playing a flashy shot that wasn’t on. India’s two famed white-ball openers were dismissed. This is not the scene of an ODI or a T20I on a green track. In fact, it didn’t happen in a match at all, let alone an international one. Rohit and Dhawan were left fetching for answers in a net session ahead of the first T20I against Bangladesh. And the bowler was a 19-year-old Delhi cricketer, it was his claim to fame. He looked slightly lost, slightly in awe, but, well, in cricketing terms, he had made his presence felt.

    Right-arm medium pacer Keshav Dabas dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan – still considered to be a task at least in white-ball cricket – in quick succession. Keshav, for his part, didn’t even known how to react to it. He raised his right-arm for a brief period after finding the outside edge of Rohit’s bat but brought it down immediately as if he wished to undone everything. Like a true senior pro, Rohit picked up the ball and threw it back towards Keshav, something which he doesn’t do that often.

    That did very little to inject courage of a mild celebration in Keshav. When he castled Dhawan, he just walked back quietly after picking up the ball.

    “It’s a great feeling… Ab kya bolu samajh nei aa raha,” Keshav told Hindustan Times later.

    Keshav’s bowling even earned a ‘well bowled’ from India head coach Ravi Shastri and a ‘which club do you play for?’ question from India fast bowler Shardul Thakur. “No, I did not hear the praise from Ravi Shastri sir but yes Shardul Thakur did ask me about my whereabouts,” said Keshav with a sheepish smile.

    This was the first time he got an opportunity to bowl at Indian cricketers. Previously he was an official net bowler when Australia came here to play an ODI earlier this year.19-year-old Keshav, who is the youngest member of his family, plays for Surinder Khanna Cricket Academy. He has even represented Delhi U-19 in one match last season but narrowly missed out from the squad this year.

    Keshav lost his father in June this year due to a brain stroke, which gave his family some financial constraints but thanks to the jobs of his elder sister and brother, his family did not have problems to make ends meet. Keshav, however, wants to ease the burden on his siblings and bowling fast is the only way he believes he can do something for his family. “Isi liye toh cricket khel raha hu… It’s still a long way to go but I hope my dreams come true.”

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    I don't keep count of entertainment quotient of every player I watch but he is entertaining for sure.
    Hitting sixes with timing is one of the most enjoyable sights in cricket and he does it so frequently.

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    Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, who has mastered the art of depositing the ball in the stands, is just two sixes away is from getting to the milestone of 400 international sixes across all formats of the game. If Rohit more than 2 sixes in the T20I series decider against Bangladesh in Nagpur, he will become the only Indian enter the elite 400 sixes club.

    Only former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and West Indies' Chris Gayle have hit more than 400 sixes in international cricket. Gayle, with 534 sixes, holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes while Afridi, with 476 sixes, is second on the list.

    Rohit, popularly known as 'Hitman', has hit 398 sixes in his international career so far 232 sixes in ODIs, 51 in Tests and 115 in T20Is.

    Leading the side in the ongoing T20I series against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma smashed 6 sixes in the Rajkot T20I during his 43-ball 85 knock that helped India level the 3-match series 1-1.

    Playing in his 100th T20I in Rajkot, Rohit hit off-spinner Mossadek Hossain for 3 successive sixes in his 1st over. The Mumbai batsman later revealed that while Mossadek to the cleaners, thoughts of hitting the Bangladeshi bowler for six sixes in an over did cross his mind.

    "That's what I tried, I wanted to go for six in a row but when I missed the fourth one I decided to go for singles," Sharma told Yuzvendra Chahal on bcci.tv after the game. "I knew that an offspinner was bowling, and the wet ball was not going to turn, so my plan was to stand still and hit the ball without stepping out."

    Rohit Sharma holds the record for the most number of sixes in international cricket in 2019. He tops the charts with 66 and counting. Rohit had held the record in 2017 and 2018 as well wherein he had hit 65 and 74, respectively.

    After the 6 sixes hit in the 2nd T20I, Rohit Sharma now holds the record for most sixes by an India captain in T20I cricket. With 37 sixes in just 17 innings, Rohit went past MS Dhoni's tally of 34 (62 innings). Virat Kohli is third on the list with 26 sixes (26 innings)

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    For 3 years in a row now he's hit most sixes in international cricket.

    Hitman now has hit nearly 200 international sixes in last 3 years

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    Seems to be a football fan as well




    If there is one sport other than cricket that Indian cricketers love to play is the world’s most popular game, football.

    One may have seen several times how cricketers play football during their warm-up sessions. Team India’s opener Rohit Sharma is also a big football lover, and recently he was named as the first brand ambassador in India for Spanish League, La Liga.




    Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director of LaLiga India, on Wednesday, announced that Rohit Sharma had become the league’s first-ever non-footballer brand ambassador.

    Rohit also took to Twitter to expresse as to what he feels about the gratification.




    “Hola India/España, as you guys know, football has always held a special place in my heart, so this association is so special to me. And to be named the ambassador for the La Liga is so humbling. So excited for this partnership @LaLigaEN ,” tweeted Rohit.

    The 32-year-old also named ‘Zinedine Zidane’ as his favorite footballer while his favorite club is Real Madrid.

    Amongst the cricketers, he rated MS Dhoni as the best footballer.

    “I think MS Dhoni is the best footballer in our team. There are few guys like Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya. They follow football, and they do watch all these footballers,” said Rohit.

    The Mumbai batsman revealed that his first love was always cricket, but football remained very close to his heart.

    “Cricket was my love to start with. Football was very, very close to me. Only because it gives me so much joy to watch all these players when they score a goal they celebrate, they make those moves on the field. Those kinds of things I used to look forward to. I always used to watch football when I was growing up. In India, cricket is how football is in Spain. Everybody wants to pick up the bat and play cricket in India,” added Rohit.

    Talking about the future of football in India, Rohit said, “It takes time for any sport to develop in a country. Look at where we were now in the 1930s in cricket and look where we have reached now. I hope it doesn’t take that much time for football.”

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    Rohit Sharma was named Man of the Series as India chased down 316 to win the three-match ODI series against the West Indies 2-1 in Cuttack on Sunday.

    He scored 63 on Sunday, following up his 159 in the second match and ended as the top scorer of the series with 258 runs.

    “It was a decider, so we wanted to win this game. We’ve always seen that Cuttack is a good batting track,” he said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

    Continuing their good run at the top of the order, Rohit and K.L. Rahul added 122 runs on Sunday.

    “We wanted to make runs upfront. But great to see the way Virat (Kohli) and KL (Rahul) batted and (Ravindra) Jadeja at the end. I quite enjoyed Shardul’s (Thakur) pull shot, even if it was a top edge,” he said.

    The win caps an extraordinary year for Rohit in which he scored 2,442 runs across formats. Only captain Virat Kohli has scored more than him in world cricket this year.

    On Sunday, Rohit also surpassed Sri Lankan great Sanath Jayasuriya’s 22-year-old record for most runs as an opener in a calendar year across formats. Rohit’s ninth run took his tally to 2,388 runs, which took him past Jayasuriya’s 1997 tally of 2,387 runs.

    Apart from ending the World Cup as the highest run-scorer, Rohit seemed to have finally found his footing in Test cricket. Opening the batting for India for the first time in the longest format of the game in the series against South Africa earlier in the year, Rohit smashed 529 runs in four innings.

    “Extremely grateful for the year I’ve had. A World Cup victory would have been nice, but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, we came together really well. Personally I’ve enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping. There’s an exciting year coming up,” he said.

    Rohit said that the challenge will come when India starts travelling next year and they would like to stay at the top of the Test Championship table even then. India’s next Test series is in New Zealand in February.

    “I understand my batting really well and I want to play within my limits. Knowing the gameplan you want to execute is very important. Once we start travelling, we want to win games and stay on top of the table,” he said.

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    To each his own. I find Kohli more entertaining.


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    Buttler lol?

    Rohit when in the zone is on another level, even AB cannot compare.

    No player goes into that zone like Rohit does after 100.


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    Kohli is better but surely rohit is more entertaining than him to watch when in full flow. Kohli is too robotic and pretty boring at times to watch in LOIs.

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    Kohli's batting is boring. I find babar's and rohit's batting more entertaining.

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    Kohli hasn't been entertaining in ODIs for years now. The last 100 of him I enjoyed was his 157*(129) against WI in 2018. Everything else has been very boring to watch, let alone memorable.

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    Reflecting on his recent Test success, India opener Rohit Sharma said that not thinking too much about his technique helped him get his focus back.

    "Honestly speaking, I stopped thinking about Test matches a long time back," Rohit told PTI.

    Since his debut in 2013, Rohit has made 32 Test appearances, scoring 2,141 runs at an average of 46.54. He's been in and out of India's red-ball assignments, and before 2019, he averaged 39.62.

    However, in the home Tests against South Africa and Bangladesh last year, Rohit, who had never opened in the format, was promoted at the top – a position he is used to batting in the white-ball formats. In his first series as a Test opener, he made 529 runs at an exceptional average of 132.25, including two hundreds and a double-hundred against South Africa.

    Rohit recalled that it was before India's series against Australia in late 2018, when he stopped thinking about his technique and started focussing on enjoying the game.

    "Before 2018-19 Australia series, I told myself, 'Boss, whatever has to happen will happen and I am not going to think about technique'. At the end of the day, I want to go out there, share a laugh with my mates and enjoy.

    "Thinking too much about technique was not allowing me to enjoy the game. All that was there in my mind was, 'Oh I need to do well in Test cricket'. I was thinking too much about success in Tests. I would go overboard as to why is this happening, why am I playing that shot.

    "After each Test innings, I would go to our video analyst, sit, watch and then confuse my brain further."

    The India opener added that he feels blessed to get opportunities in Tests, and his main focus would be to embrace the chances.

    "You can't allow negative thoughts to creep in when you are playing such a high-profile sport," he said. "I know that I am no longer 22 or 23 years old that I will keep getting opportunities in Test matches and can take my place for granted.

    "I know that every time I go out there, I have to put a high price tag on my wicket. I am blessed to get an opportunity that many are waiting for. So, why should I regret, worry or think about so many things?"

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    When in flow, Rohit Sharma can make batting look ridiculously easy. In 2019, it made a prettier picture—2,442 runs across three formats in international cricket, including five hundreds at the World Cup.

    In a dream season, the most important for the stylish batsman was establishing himself in Tests after being promoted to open in a final bid to tap into his talent after earlier disappointments in the middle-order. That hardly seemed likely when he didn’t get to play in the West Indies series, despite his World Cup heroics.

    “For me personally, it was a good one. The big positive was opening the batting in Test cricket,” Sharma said in an interview. “I was not worried about scoring runs, only about getting that opportunity. And whatever happens with that opportunity, I wanted to take that in a positive way and stay in the right frame of mind.”

    It wasn’t easy for the India team management to keep an in-form Sharma out of the Test team, and they took the gamble of asking him to open. The result: 556 runs in five Tests at an average of 92.7.


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    The key to Sharma’s effortless batting—flick off the hip for six high into the stands or on-the-rise hit over long-off—lies in his mind. It’s all due to his temperament, he says. “If you are cool, calm and composed, the performance will come. That is what I was trying to do before the South Africa Test series and it helped me a great deal. Staying that way helps me. I try and do that every time.”

    STAYING CALM

    To understand what he means, one should watch his face during the match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the World Cup at Manchester. He looks cut off from everything happening around him. It is simply about seeing and playing the ball, not about his reputation or that of the opponent.

    “I know it is a World Cup game, a game against Pakistan, a high pressure game and all that. But for me nothing changes, every game remains the same—whether I play the top team or the lower, bottom team. For me it is just about going out there and making hundreds, scoring runs and performing for my team… the opposition team doesn’t matter. I try and stay calm against all opposition. It helps me make good decisions. It allows me to perform, do what I want to do.”

    He trusts his methods and will stick to them whether he gets success or not. “It may happen, it may not happen always. When the results are showing it is nice, and I know (even) when the results are not showing, I am not going to change my style. I want to remain the same.”

    Last year hadn’t begun smoothly as batting rhythm was missing in IPL. Sharma though didn’t feel the pressure going into the World Cup. “For someone who has played for so long, I don’t need one rhythm. My rhythm can change anytime. It is about having a clear mindset, which I have now about what I want to go out there and achieve. One bad series or tournament, I know I can come back from that. It is very important for me to think that way so that my performance doesn’t take a big, big hit. I think very positively in all of this and try to stay positive even when things are not happening.”

    Players with supreme confidence in their ability stand out. Currently, may be no one exudes that as well as NBA legend LeBron James; he sits in a media conferences like an emperor addressing commoners, merely following with the corner of his eye when a question is fired. Sharma sounds similar. Even the prospect of playing against an in-form Australia doesn’t evoke much excitement, in contrast to every player in the Australian team talking up the series against India in the next southern hemisphere summer.

    AUSTRALIA FAR AWAY

    Sharma, rested for the Sri Lanka T20s, has hit the nets at the Mumbai Cricket Association ground, but it’s a period to rest his mind.

    “There is one year to go for the Australia Tests. (It is) better for us to go there and start thinking about it.” You have to mention about the upcoming one-day series to get him talking on the subject, “Playing Australia is always very exciting and this will also be exciting. They are a very good team, and with David Warner and Steve Smith they are a very different team.”

    One role which excites him is MS Dhoni’s, how he provided back-up to skipper Virat Kohli. He loves leadership and is a natural going by the success of Mumbai Indians.

    Ask about his playing a role like Dhoni did to Kohli at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, he says: “Of course, I am always willing to help, and willing to give my inputs of what I feel about the game, about the players, about the team combination. I have been named vice-captain, so it is my duty to keep an eye on all the players, see what they are doing, what is required for the team, what is the best we can do as a team so that we can win games and tournaments.”

    Sharma is not just the seniormost member of the team—India debut in 2007—he is a World Cup winner (2007 World T20), and has won the ICC Champions Trophy. He knows the missing link in this side to succeed at the next big global event—T20 World Cup.

    “It is a long way from the World Cup. We are preparing for that, (and) a lot of guys are getting ready for that. (It) means there are a lot of spots we need to fill. It is a work in progress. Anyway the 15-20 guys we have are all really good and have performed really well and are very confident. It is just about doing what we need to do in Australia and then try and win that World Cup.

    Although everyone hailed Sharma’s batting in the World Cup, his own disappointment was evident on his face every time the TV camera focused on India’s best batsman of the World Cup as their run-chase started to collapse in the semi-final at Old Trafford.

    “It is always nice to get runs and do well for the team, but for what purpose you went there, if that is not achieved, then you are not happy. Personally I can say I batted well and all that, but we didn’t win the World Cup. That was disappointing, so the hundreds I scored will not matter so much. If with that hundred we could have won the tournament, I would have been two times happier.”

    His next important assignment will be the New Zealand tour, against the side that spoiled the party of Sharma & Co at the World Cup.

    “It will be a great challenge. New Zealand is a very formidable team. They play as a team, and are very good in planning and execution. That is what makes them a very dangerous team, and in their backyard they play really well. I have been there before so I know what to expect,” he says.

    However, that tour will be a great opportunity to answer one big question, whether he can ace the test of an opener against the moving ball in seaming conditions. “I have been around the world enough to understand what to expect and I will first get my mindset ready and then I will start preparing once we get to New Zealand because we have a few series before that,” Sharma says.

    “It is a good challenge, but I am not looking that I want to score overseas. I want to score everywhere. The bottom line is if I am playing cricket I want to score everywhere,” he says.

    Left-arm pace bowlers can be awkward to face for right-handed batsmen with their ability to bring the ball in. Sharma once dismissed the threat posed by Mohammed Amir and made media headlines all over. There is needle whenever they face-off. Sharma won the last battle hands down, with an electric 140 at the World Cup.

    New Zealand too bank on left-arm pacers Neil Wagner and Trent Boult to make the early inroads. Wagner has enjoyed a superb run and was the standout performer in the just-ended series in Australia. Sharma is not interested in talk about left-arm pace or Wagner.

    “Not just Wagner, it is important for us to focus on all the bowlers. New Zealand have a quality bowling attack, I can’t focus on one bowler.”

    The Sharma directness comes out when asked about his opinion on the talk of four-day Tests. For him a four-day game can never be a Test. “If it is a four-day, it is not a Test match. Four-day means a first-class match. It is as simple as that.”

    Has he set any specific goals for 2020? “I want to keep improving as a player, as a human being.”

    Where does he draw his calmness from?

    “A lot of the things actually come naturally to me, staying calm and all. A little bit of meditation I do also helps. Naturally also, I am a very calm person in life. So it helps me to be that way and get results.”

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    Is Rohit Sharma the most entertaining modern day batsmen?

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    Definitely is on if he plays till the end.

    Need to get to 100 first though.
    Yes, he could be but after Virat Kohli

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    Zaheer Abbas, one of Pakistan’s most elegant batsmen, says he doesn’t move away from his TV set when India opener Rohit Sharma is batting.

    The former captain singled out Rohit for special praise while discussing the Indian team’s impressive performances in recent times.

    “I don’t move from the television screen when he (Rohit) is batting. His batting gives me real satisfaction and watching him play is pure bliss,” Abbas said in an interview.

    Abbas said he considered Rohit a special talent because of his ability to create shots whenever he wanted to.

    “I admire the way he creates a shot and plays where he wants to. He picks up the ball very early and that is special,” he said about Rohit who scored five hundreds in last year’s World Cup in England.

    Rested for the just-concluded T20 series against Sri Lanka, Rohit will be back to open the innings when India face Australia in the first of three one-day internationals in Mumbai on Tuesday.

    Abbas, who was among the first Asian batsmen to make 100 first-class hundreds, said Virat Kohli, without an iota of doubt, is the backbone of the Indian team.

    “I admire Rohit because I enjoy his batting and when I am watching him bat people in my house ask what about Virat Kohli, and I tell them ‘look I am not saying Kohli is less’

    “Kohli is Kohli. Let me put it this way, I get satisfaction watching them both bat.”

    Abbas also put down the success of the Indian team to its cricket board not making too many changes to its domestic circuit and inflow of money.

    “The money has made a big difference to the players because now they realise that they just have to focus on their game and play like professionals and the rewards they get are great. They have financially been given so much security by their board.”

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    Zaheer a classy batsman himself no wonder likes Rohit batting. The sound of ball hitting Rohit's bat is different. Best after Yuvraj singh's bat hitting the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Zaheer a classy batsman himself no wonder likes Rohit batting. The sound of ball hitting Rohit's bat is different. Best after Yuvraj singh's bat hitting the ball.
    Rohit is miles ahead yuvraj doesn’t even come close not even the sound of the ball hitting the bat close

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    By far rohit Sharma second is Glenn maxwell he is something to watch when in full flow as well players like kohli are very typical you know what’s a expected of them so they cannot really go in that bracket of entertainment with guys like rohit you never know he might even score a triple hundred in an odi game kohli does not have that gear

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    I repeat he's the BEST LOI bastman of the decade!

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    NZ vs IND: Rohit Sharma Surpasses Virat Kohli To Achieve Huge T20I Record
    Rohit Sharma smashed his way to his 21st T20I half-century before walking off the field due to some discomfort in his calf.

    Rohit Sharma on Sunday went past Virat Kohli to become the only batsman with 25 scores in excess of 50 in Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket.

    Rohit Sharma achieved the feat during the onging 5th and final T20 against New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. Rohit brought up his 21st half-century in just 35 balls with the help of two sixes and three fours.

    Just after scoring his fifty, Rohit smashed Ish Sodhi over square-leg for a maximum before walking off the field retired hurt due to some discomfort in his calf.

    While Rohit has 21 half-centuries to his name in the shortest format of the game, his four T20I centuries makes him the only batsman with 25 scores of 50-plus.

    New Zealand's Martin Guptill and Ireland's Paul Stirling are tied for third place with 17 fifties while David Warner sits in fourth place with 16 50-plus scores.

    In the match, regular skipper Virat Kohli was rested as Rohit Sharma came back for the final T20I to lead the side.

    India won the toss and opted to bat but Sanju Samson failed yet again on a good batting surface.

    Rohit Sharma then joined KL Rahul in the middle and the duo put on 88 runs for the second wicket.

    KL Rahul missed his 12th half-century by just five runs as he was dismissed for 45 by Hamish Bennett.

    Late flourish from Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey helped India post a challenging total of 163 for three from their allotted 20 overs.

    New Zealand need 164 runs to register their first win in the five-match T20I series, which India lead 4-0.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/new-zealand-...record-2173584

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    Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh remembered the first impression of Rohit Sharma in the Indian team.​ Yuvraj revealed that India's limited-overs vice-captain reminded him of Inzamam-ul-Haq, as the former Pakistan captain had a lot of time to play exquisite strokes and he feels the same case is with Rohit.

    “I think when he came into the Indian team, he looked like somebody who had a lot of time. He reminded me of Inzamam-ul-Haq, because, when he batted, Inzi had a lot of time (to play the bowlers),” Yuvraj Singh said during a chat show on YouTube hosted by Gaurav Kapoor.

    Yuvraj and Rohit shared a warm friendship as the former southpaw also played his last IPL season under the Mumbaikar's captaincy in Mumbai Indians in 2018.

    Recently, Yuvraj also shocked everyone with a revealation that he got more support under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy than under MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

    “I have played under Sourav (Ganguly) and had a lot of support from him. Then Mahi (MS Dhoni) took over. It’s a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I have more memories of time under Sourav because of the support he gave me. I didn’t have that kind of support from Mahi and Virat (Kohli),” Yuvraj told Sportstar.

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    India's limited-overs vice captain Rohit Sharma says he has fully recovered from the calf injury that forced him to leave the tour of New Zealand midway earlier this year but the fitness test has been continuously delayed because of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Mumbaikar had to return home after sustaining the injury during the T20 series against the Black Caps on February 2.

    He missed the three-match home ODI series against South Africa, which was abandoned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as he was undergoing rehabilitation at that time.

    "Before the lockdown happened, I was almost ready to play. That whole week was going to be my fitness test but that's when the lockdown happened and I had to push back everything now," Rohit told LaLiga's Facebook live session on Saturday night.

    "Once everything opens up, I have to first go to the centre (NCA) and give my fitness test and once I pass the fitness test, I will be allowed to go and resume my duties with the team."

    Pacer Shardul Thakur on Saturday became the first India cricketer to resume outdoor training after a two-month coronavirus-forced break. The Maharashtra government has allowed opening of stadiums for individual training in green and orange zones without spectators.

    This was after the home ministry offered relaxation in restrictions for the fourth phase of the lockdown till May 31.

    Rohit said he is missing hanging out with his team-mates and is looking forward to training with them when things get back to normal.

    "Yes, I miss my teammates, hanging around with them and having a banter with them. Although as friends we are trying to stay in touch through the video calls to see what's one been up to, things like that and we manage that pretty well," he said.

    "When you are playing together, almost from 365 days, we are together for 300 days, we are playing, travelling together, so it's like a family. So the first thing I want to do is to catch up with all these guys and try hit some balls as soon as I can."

    Mumbai is one of the worst affected by the contagious disease and Rohit said it might take more time for him to resume training.

    "I am assuming that those (other) places might open up lot earlier than Mumbai, the city where I stay and which is the most infected. I feel the other guys will send me videos of catching up with each other a lot earlier than I do," he said.

    The 33-year-old opener, who resides in Mumbai, said during this coronavirus-forced lockdown, he focussed on his diet and also managed to do some running.

    "I have been very good with my diet, because it is so easy to put on weight when you are not doing anything. Although, we have got a little gym over here, little running area, where you can do some running, its about 50-100 meters, you can go (and run).

    "I have managed to get some running done, although it's not like what you generally do on the field, but it is at least something," he said.

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    That it took Rohit Sharma two centuries on his first match as a Test opener, which was also his return to Test cricket to beat his hundred-tally in T20Is (4) and he still has two more double centuries in ODIs – three in ODIs and one in Tests - than in Test cricket, speaks volumes of his prowess as a white-ball cricketer. This by no means indicates that he cannot do the same in Test cricket. In fact, the moment he started opening in red-ball cricket, he scored three centuries in his 5 Tests along with a double ton against South Africa. But his record in white-ball cricket is something that strikes fear among his opponents.

    Above all, Rohit’s knack of making double hundreds in ODIs look just another day in the office has what has got everyone rolling their eyes. Sachin Tendulkar may have been the first man to score an ODI double hundred and Virender Sehwag the second but it is Rohit who’s name comes first when we talk about ODI double tons, simple because of number of times he has breached the mark. Former Australia pacer Brett Lee, therefore, had a special request for the India opener: Please don’t score any more double hundreds against Australia.

    “He’ll score a lot of double hundreds hopefully. But not many more against Australia, please... Any other country, Pakistan, West Indies perfect but not against Australia,” Lee said in Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

    Rohit interestingly had scored his first double hundred in international cricket against Australia in Bangalore in 2013. The India opener had smashed 209 to become the third Indian to notch up a double ton in ODIs after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

    A year later, Rohit took ODI batting to a different level altogether when he scored 264 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata in 2014. To put his knock into perspective, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 251, 13 runs short of Rohit’s score.

    The India opener scored his third double century in 2017 at PCAA Stadium in Mohali and Sri Lanka were once again at the receiving end.

    Remembering his first impression of Rohit when he was on his maiden tour to Australia in 2007, Lee said the sound of Rohit’s bat was different from anybody else’s.

    “He’s got plenty of years, a lot of cricket left in him. The first impression I got of Rohit Sharma when he came on to the scene was that he was flamboyant. He was very aggressive the way he used to bat but it was the sound of the bat, it’s the first thing that I could think of when I watched him bat. You know when people make that sound when they hit the ball from the centre of the bat, it’s a different sound,” recalled Lee.

    Rohit, who averages close to 50 in ODIs and has 29 hundreds, broke the World Cup record for scoring most hundreds in a single edition when he notched up five centuries in 2019 ODI World Cup in 2019.

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    Up there. I find Maxwell more entertaining in ODI/T20 cricket as he has a wider range of strokes, compared to Sharma who just bashes them everywhere.

    In test cricket probably the most exciting, but I find Smith/Labuschagne entertaining due to mannerisms. Also Stuart Broad is entertaining with the bat

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    Quote Originally Posted by therealAB View Post
    Up there. I find Maxwell more entertaining in ODI/T20 cricket as he has a wider range of strokes, compared to Sharma who just bashes them everywhere.

    In test cricket probably the most exciting, but I find Smith/Labuschagne entertaining due to mannerisms. Also Stuart Broad is entertaining with the bat
    Maxwell is breathtaking striker against average to poor bowlers. Definitely rate him above Russel, Pollard. He uses his brain. But Rohit is a different level of elite. The things Rohit can do top of top like pacers in LOI cricket, Maxwell has not gone anywhere near that.

    He's arguably a Top 5 ODI openers ever already and could end up Top 3/2. His numbers as an opener are sick not just in terms of average but it's his striking ability along with it that makes him a stand out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Maxwell is breathtaking striker against average to poor bowlers. Definitely rate him above Russel, Pollard. He uses his brain. But Rohit is a different level of elite. The things Rohit can do top of top like pacers in LOI cricket, Maxwell has not gone anywhere near that.

    He's arguably a Top 5 ODI openers ever already and could end up Top 3/2. His numbers as an opener are sick not just in terms of average but it's his striking ability along with it that makes him a stand out.
    Completely agree he is >>>> Maxwell. Very good opener. Maxwell inconsistent. Purely looking at entertainment here


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