Rohit Sharma as destructive as Sir Viv and Sehwag: Sunil Gavaskar
Rohit has been in terrific form this year in the shorter formats.
Updated - May 13, 2019 1:43 pm
Rohit Sharma, the limited overs giant of the Indian cricket team, has today become a player that no one would have expected him to become when he made his debut over a decade ago for the Indian national side. When Rohit played his first match for India, the world had witnessed no double-tons in ODI cricket whatsoever.
Now roughly after a decade from his debut, Rohit alone has three majestic doubles to his name. He is one of those players who has time and again been counted out by people because of a few flop shows, but the way he has returned after receiving so much hatred is for the world to see.
Although, the 31-year-old has not been as successful in the Test format as one might have expected him to be, then, being the fighter he just cannot be ignored by any means, as you never know hitting the right chords may just be a match away for him.
He is unstoppable once he gets going
India, after defeating the Windies in Tests and ODIs recently, are now facing them in the shortest format. The series is already in India’s hands as they defeated the side from the Caribbean in the first two T20Is, in the three-match series, but now the Windies will be hopeful of winning the third and final T20I, to salvage some pride, that is going to be played in Chennai tonight.
Ahead of the match, former Indian cricketer, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, has praised the Hitman, Rohit Sharma, comparing him to two of the greatest attacking players that this game has witnessed, Sir Vivian Richards and Virender Sehwag.
“The standout performer in both the limited overs series and the T20 series has been Rohit Sharma. Like Virender Sehwag before him, he is unstoppable once he gets going and like Viru he has an appetite for big hundreds. When Viru used to get out looking to hit another delivery out of the park, there used to be consternation around the ground, just like it is when Rohit gets out to a seemingly casual shot,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India (TOI).
“If Rohit can turn his white ball exploits into red ball cricket, he will be the most destructive batsman in the world after Viv Richards and Virender Sehwag,” the 69-year-old went on to say.
Rohit Sharma has been in terrific form this year in the shorter formats, as he has amassed a massive 1030 runs at an average of 73.57 in ODIs and 556 runs in T20Is, the highest for India, in 2018 alone. Besides all these accomplishments, he also captained India in the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup, earlier this year, and won both the tournaments.
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~Written by Nahmat Maeraj