Australia v India, 2nd Twenty20, Melbourne February 2, 2012

Can Rohit Sharma script a happy ending?

Comebacks, disappointments and an unending wait - on this tour and beyond, Rohit Sharma's story has been a suspenseful one
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Virat Kohli made for fascinating viewing in the Test series. He was a man with limited time - at least, so it seemed to outsiders. He fought hard, was heckled by crowds, responded in a manner that brought him sanction; his batting improved, he got into verbal tussles with the opposition; in press conferences he questioned the question marks against him.

Kohli lived his struggle out in the open. Just as fascinating, off the field, was the life of Rohit Sharma. He came to Australia, the country of his Emerging Player tours, the country where he first announced himself as a proper international batsman four years ago, as someone who hadn't done his gifts justice, as someone who had mended ways to be handed a second chance. Despite being the most naturally gifted of the younger crop of batsmen in India, he wasn't part of the World Cup triumph.

That hurt. Rohit came back last year a fitter man, a better fielder, and did well enough to be Man of the Series in two ODI series against West Indies. Despite his first show, Rohit wasn't taken to England to play Tests. And when he landed for the ODIs, having spent time in India waiting for his next chance, the first ball he faced ended his tour. He came back with a broken finger, got fit again, did well in the ODIs again, scored runs in the Ranji Trophy, and that's where the new dream began, with his getting picked for the Tests in Australia.

Rohit would have probably prepared himself to miss out on the first Test. However, as the series progressed, another fascinating story began parallel to that of Kohli's. Of a young man trying to come to terms with not being considered good enough for a side that was losing match after match. For eight innings, India persisted with the same personnel and same batting order for the same results.

In the training nets, you could see on Rohit's face the whole story. Four or five days before each Test he would be enthusiastic in the nets, having long hits. As we would get closer to yet another Test, the enthusiasm would slowly wane, and he would be reduced to bowling more than batting on the eve of the match. You could tell from his face he was not playing. He would have had memories coming back when Wriddhiman Saha played the Adelaide Test. In February 2010, Saha made his Test debut in a match that Rohit was going to play but for an injury during the warm-ups five minutes before the toss. Now Saha was playing a Test Rohit had reason to believe he should have played.

All the while experts and fans couldn't work out why he didn't get a chance even in Adelaide. Without having played a game, in a way Rohit's stock kept going up, but not in a desirable manner. You don't want to be the victim; in fact you want to guard against any such feeling even if you are one. It is difficult to know how Rohit felt through the previous month, sitting on the sidelines, getting his hopes up and then not making it.

Whichever way he felt about it would have become worse on Wednesday night, in the first Twenty20 international on the tour. So much build-up, such a long wait, and he gets an offbreak first up that hits his pad outside the line of leg and then hits the stumps. It is easy, at such times, to fall into a trap where you start thinking that you have run into some bad misfortune. That, as some of the Indian players have been repeating, the time is bad.

Barring injuries, though, Rohit will get enough time over the next month to fight these early signs of trouble. He will get time to express himself, and show what improvements he has come back with. It will be an important month for him. Winds of change are threatening to blow for the Test side. He will want to do well in the ODIs so that he is the first new man in. He has the talent, he has done it before, which can equally be said of India's ODI side. Like the team, where he is mentally is the big question. Over the next month, if you want to follow a good story, don't look away from Rohit.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Really it's going to be break or make series for rohit and raina. Rohit has talent but his lazyness and his knack of playing loose shots at wrong time are the reasons for not getting his talent approval done on field. He should correct those errors and excel in this CB series. If not it doesnt matter if he is ready for test cricket or not.

  • on February 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @cricfan....if u say rohit throws his wicket away, I wonder what you think of sehwag, who barring those few innings where he turns the match on its head, has always gotten out to bad balls...n yet he is considered the star of the team...rohit deserves a chance in the least n im sure he ll prove to be a good player wit time.

  • Gizza on February 3, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Rohit in the end wasn't needed for the second T20. We will wait and see in the tri-series to see if he improves on his duck.

  • on February 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    What a direct hit by Rohit..:)

  • AidanFX on February 3, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    no... ... .... .... .... ...

  • on February 3, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Rohit is a very very talented player and he has already proved that he deserves more chances than he has got..and after what our good old boys have done in England and Australia..we certainly need a change..and Rohit holds the first spot in the line..

  • ravip175 on February 3, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    We all are singing the same thing why rohit not in the team but no one even discuss about robin uthappa,robin is great hitter of the ball than rohit and clean hitter too.when yuvraj is not around we need uthappa desperately.we can't judje the batsman from only one match.

  • sathishvaiju on February 3, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Dinesh singh is absolutely right and as well Itchy also right - rsurya wrote it very sarcastically.

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 3, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I have said it before and I will say it again. I believe Rohit Sharma is too casual to be successful. He has some really good strokes, but he also has the ability to throw it all away with a silly shot. He showed some application against WI in the ODI series last year, but I have my doubts as to whether he can replicate that against good teams and good bowling. Compared to someone like Kohli who is a fighter, Rohit Sharma tends to give it all away too easily. I wish he comes good. I wish he fulfils his potential. But at the moment I am not too hopeful. I would rather have Rahane or Pujara in his place, at least in tests and ODIs.

  • on February 3, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Rohit. I believe in you. I know that of all the people reading this article, you surely would get the news how bad everyone is thinking about the way you play, your misfortune. Its one of the worst phases of your life when you have the talent and you see players less than your standard be selected. I believe in the fact that you are a cricketer of the highest calibre. Faith can move mountains, have faith in yourself, Australia is the best place, I know to exorcise your inner demons first, the australians second and the naysayers at last. Believe in yourself, make your chances count, for even a carbon rock requires the highest of pressure to be a diamond. Believe that you can hit the next century, believe that australians are just another bunch of players, maybe they are baying for your blood, but be on guard, use your bat as your weapon and the mind as your hands driving them to glory..I am with you Rohith. I believe in U even if they are 1000 others who say that you are not worth it

  • on February 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Really it's going to be break or make series for rohit and raina. Rohit has talent but his lazyness and his knack of playing loose shots at wrong time are the reasons for not getting his talent approval done on field. He should correct those errors and excel in this CB series. If not it doesnt matter if he is ready for test cricket or not.

  • on February 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @cricfan....if u say rohit throws his wicket away, I wonder what you think of sehwag, who barring those few innings where he turns the match on its head, has always gotten out to bad balls...n yet he is considered the star of the team...rohit deserves a chance in the least n im sure he ll prove to be a good player wit time.

  • Gizza on February 3, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Rohit in the end wasn't needed for the second T20. We will wait and see in the tri-series to see if he improves on his duck.

  • on February 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    What a direct hit by Rohit..:)

  • AidanFX on February 3, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    no... ... .... .... .... ...

  • on February 3, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Rohit is a very very talented player and he has already proved that he deserves more chances than he has got..and after what our good old boys have done in England and Australia..we certainly need a change..and Rohit holds the first spot in the line..

  • ravip175 on February 3, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    We all are singing the same thing why rohit not in the team but no one even discuss about robin uthappa,robin is great hitter of the ball than rohit and clean hitter too.when yuvraj is not around we need uthappa desperately.we can't judje the batsman from only one match.

  • sathishvaiju on February 3, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Dinesh singh is absolutely right and as well Itchy also right - rsurya wrote it very sarcastically.

  • truebleue_cricfan on February 3, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I have said it before and I will say it again. I believe Rohit Sharma is too casual to be successful. He has some really good strokes, but he also has the ability to throw it all away with a silly shot. He showed some application against WI in the ODI series last year, but I have my doubts as to whether he can replicate that against good teams and good bowling. Compared to someone like Kohli who is a fighter, Rohit Sharma tends to give it all away too easily. I wish he comes good. I wish he fulfils his potential. But at the moment I am not too hopeful. I would rather have Rahane or Pujara in his place, at least in tests and ODIs.

  • on February 3, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Rohit. I believe in you. I know that of all the people reading this article, you surely would get the news how bad everyone is thinking about the way you play, your misfortune. Its one of the worst phases of your life when you have the talent and you see players less than your standard be selected. I believe in the fact that you are a cricketer of the highest calibre. Faith can move mountains, have faith in yourself, Australia is the best place, I know to exorcise your inner demons first, the australians second and the naysayers at last. Believe in yourself, make your chances count, for even a carbon rock requires the highest of pressure to be a diamond. Believe that you can hit the next century, believe that australians are just another bunch of players, maybe they are baying for your blood, but be on guard, use your bat as your weapon and the mind as your hands driving them to glory..I am with you Rohith. I believe in U even if they are 1000 others who say that you are not worth it

  • on February 3, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Rohit has the talent and India needs to experiment, people who say he is not there must understand that he worked well when given an oppurtunity, last VB series which India won, Rohit did well, he is a classical mold batsman and needs to feel good with some nice innings. Also we must stop criticizing Dhoni for everything. In tests he batted No 7 , there was no way he could change the course of the match there, in the last game, he came in when we were 4 down, he at least got it to a 31 run loss, for me at any momment of time Dhoni is a better player than Sehwag, because at least he tries changing his game according to situations. I feel we as fans really dont respect someone who has not missed one game due to Injury in the last 2 years, at least he never fell sick when faced with a grassy wicke. This man works hard every game, and has done much for the team, and the team lets him down every time.

  • shantiratnamaj on February 3, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Mr.Dinesh Singh, your comment is a joke to me..what you mean Rohit was not good enough in the nets for Dhoni and Shewag? Rohit may have not been good enough in the nets but Shewag and Dhoni were disaster in the ground for 4 test matches in a row, didnt you see that? so is Dhoni and Shewag good enough to measure Rohit? can you tell me when was the last time any team in the world played 4th test match with the same top 7 batsman after losing 1st, 2nd ,3rd test match? NEVER happened before!

  • srikanthreddyjana on February 3, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Dhoni is really disturbing his batting partners by wasting balls in middle overs, after all he can manage same runs at the end of innings, but this will not he team india. So as the rohit, he dosent look confident and sharp through out his carier. He looks sleepy when ever he walks to batting. He is a dump for the present young indian team. Better dhoni should be reveiled from his cap duties for some time.

  • joseyesu on February 3, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Give Dhoni captaincy for one day internationals alone. Cant digest 17 of 27 balls till the 17 th over in 20-20 which virtually sealled t he match

  • Meety on February 3, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    I felt very sorry for him when he got out first ball. I'm pretty sure it actually took the inside edge of the bat before coming off the pad. To get out to David Hussey would of made it even worse for him. Interesting observation that he would become downcast as a match would draw nearer. He needs to change his attitude, I think if he is told he is not playing, he should raise his efforts even more. (I understand he may have been instructed to bowl more in stead of bat). If he really hungers to play test cricket, then he should give it everything. It's not like he is a pauper, he gets paid well & should be bursting at the seams to have a go. Maybe the whole team vibe was suffocating?????

  • Itchy on February 3, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @S.Jagernath: I'm pretty sure @rsurya was being sarcastic when he wrote his homage to Vinay Kumar - anyone who watched him bowl so far this series would have known that!

  • CricFreax on February 3, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    will the selectors look at our comment the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul if groomed well and given chance this team can play anything test odious or t20

  • on February 3, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    i is better if rohit to bat at one down.....so that he gets some time to settle.........

  • on February 3, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Now Ian chappel has become the sooth sayer. Rohit was a flop in ODIs and will be a flop in tests played out side India. I will include Pujara and others befire nohit. And some people are against Dhoni for nothing. He made more runs than some of the so called greats. Chill out.

  • CricketChat on February 3, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Despite obvious natural talent, Rohit took a long while to be a factor in shorter formats. Hope he comes along quickly now that the seniors are all but finished for tests. This is a golder opportunity for test aspirants to press their claims. Lots of spots opening up.

  • on February 3, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Rohit- next big star- give me a break. In his 60+ ODIs he did not lit up the world. Just check his stats. 60+ matches are good enough to know who is hit and who is nohit. Rohit is certainly nohit.

  • on February 3, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Do we really need Dhoni? What did he contribute in the tests or first T20? Really nothing worth mentioning. Let us get rid of him. This would give opportunity to other budding batman

  • nyc_missile on February 3, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    First drop the useless Dhoni and the careless idiot Sehwag from this squad,its they who didn't give Rohit not even one chance after the monumental failures of the seniors.Just hope that he plays all the ODIs to prove to himself and to the world that he can be an able replacement for one of the holy trinity when they retire.Poor man hasn't had enough chances and every time he gets one,either injured or coming back from a cold storage.Its a terrible shame and a massive indictment of the selectors as well as the greedy 'seniors'.Ian Chappell rightly said he is shocked that someone like Rohit hasn't played enough tests already.

  • on February 2, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Rohit is a flop. He is best when playing against weaker bowlers. But against quality player this guy is a sitting duck. Look at his ODI records. Fans who are parroting his name now will be cursing him after a few failures. Its only bombay lobby and media making him the best. In australia he did not show enough in the nets for Dhoni and Sehwag to include him in the team.

  • on February 2, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    @dilip senth - wicket keeper batsman with better technique? What about the 'The Wall' best technique ever with ave 24 and 8 times bowled like a school kid????????????? Dhoni scored more runs than him, batting at #7 and ofcourse kept wickets, while dravid dropped catches and did nothing all series at 1st slip. People like you do not know anything about cricket...and it shows in your comments.

  • MathewsAdelaide on February 2, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    If Sehwag and Gambir open the 2nd T20 they should keep the opening partnership at least untill 7 to 8th over with minimum run rate of six in the over. The same way Dhoni played in the last match.Then they can accelerate or middle order can get higher run rate and win the match, India's biggest problem was in Australia so far they never got a good start..

  • WellwisherINDIA on February 2, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    2nd T20 Eleven :- 1 Sachin, 2 Gambir, 3 Kohli, 4 Raina, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Dhoni, 7 Irfan Pathan, 8 Rahul sharma 9 R Ashwin, 10 Praven Kumar 11 vinay kumar PLEASE.. NO SEHWAG, NO JADEJA , jadeja is not the player for 20/20 , IF SACHIN DOESNT WANT TO PLAY LET MANOJ TIWARY OR PARTHIV PATEL PLAY, DHONI MUST GIVE FULL QUOTA OF FOUR OVERS TO HIS SPINNERS SPECIALLY PART-TIME SPINNERS SURESH RAINA and ROHIT SHARMA ,BECAUSE JADEJA IS NOT PLAYING. Indian selectors would have selected some more specilised 20twenty players in the squad instead of keeping same oneday squad ,BCCI had to spend some money for the same.

  • on February 2, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    come on rohit prove tht luck is nothing when u hav the talent u will make it some or the other day just make sure tht u hav the same confidence and skills and maintain ur form and consistency

    2 yrs bak manish pandey was the highest ranji scorer every time when the squad was announced we used to wait for him to get selected but the stupid selectors never ever gave him a single chance luk now where he is !! he lost all his confidence tht he could nevr make it in to the indian team.and a great player lost his form

    same with badrinath,dhawal kulkarni,mukund,rahane,uthappa,rayudu all r worth a spot atleast try them in t20 and drop sehwag and gambhir frm t20 .sehwag is leadt interested in t20 his stats r pathetic and not athletic too and jadeja can never hit a 6 in a big stadium like lords,mcg etc.,only gud in small stadiums

    whats praveen doing in t20 ?? even ashwin bowls fast than him bring in umesh or ishant atleast give dinda and kulkarni a chance !!

  • dabbler on February 2, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    So he's suddenly 'Rohit' is it? Give me a break.

  • Fankaar on February 2, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Rohit should have been given a chance in Perth and Adailade instead of Laxman. India lost the opportunity. Looking forward to Rohit performing in the ODI's.

  • S.Jagernath on February 2, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @rsurya...Stop dreaming!Vinay Kumar is a fool,there ard many better bowlers that have been brilliant during the Ranji Trophy but don't get selected.Vinay Kumar should thank Anil Kumble for his oppurtunities.Dhawal Kulkarni should have been on this tour with Pankaj Singh being selected for the next test series.

  • on February 2, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Don't look back at your apparent misfortunes rohit, Keep ur focus on and you'll definitely be a Batting God someday soon.

  • AbAdvani on February 2, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    My ODI team -Rahane, Sachin, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ravi Ashwin/Jadeja, Rahul Sharma, Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan

    Drop Sehwag and Gambhir -they are totally at sea outside Indian SubContinent -blood Rahane and groom him -Get Irfan as an allrounder so that you have five genuine bowlers and not the part time spin of Raina/Rohit Sharma -folks we are not playing in the Indian SubContinent to use part-time spinners to bowl 10 overs

  • crikbuff on February 2, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Rohit Sharma will be the next bubble to burst... All these young talents have lost their heads once IPL made them 'stars'. Now they can only play on flat pitches and hit sixes over 60mt boundaries....

  • on February 2, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Rohit is the best batsman in India team now woth great technique than every other batsman.He will rule Indian cricket for the next few years.Don't worry Rohit,This Aussie tour ended the careers of Laksman,Dravid and then will Dhoni's is now out of favour.Thank God we'ill get a good Wicket keeper Batsman with a better technique atleast now.

  • Nampally on February 2, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    It is tough to bat confidently when your spot is always in "Now or Never" situation. This is part of the problem with the Indian team. Rohit, Kohli, Raina & Tiwary are competing for 3 middle order spots in the T-20 & ODI's.In order to have 5 bowlers, India needs an all rounder @#7 spot - Pathan of Jadeja. This leaves room for just 3 batsmen + Dhoni to follow the openers. So Tiwary has to sit out & Rohit has to produce. But in the ODI's, Sachin will open. Will Gambhir (who had a poor season in Tests) be dropped for Rohit & Raina to be in XI -with Kohli #3?. Hence Rohit has to produce in second T-20 to stake his claims for a spot in ODI's. Indian seamers were poor in 1st T-20. Praveen & Vinay each gave about 7 runs/over. Rahul Sharma bowled well but he dropped 2 catches of his own bowling. So India's 4 bowlers will have to be Yadev/Vinay, Praveen,Ashwin & Rahul with Irfan pathan the 3rd seamer. This is likely to be the ODI team bowlers as well. Rohit is again in "Do or Die" situation!

  • on February 2, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    sivaa saanth is right...rohit will not get chance in odi as well...india should drop viru/gambhir and select rohit..

  • on February 2, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Rohit Sharma wasted his chance,i think he will prove in the next game i f he get chance in ODI also.rohit should learn from his mistakes....................................................

  • srisri on February 2, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    This bunch of IND team has no hopes of winning a match. Only good thing is in T20 match for the first time in the series, they didn't get all out and also avoided innings defeat. Good improvement. Way to go guys.

  • DixonFernando on February 2, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should be included in the Indian team for every format of the game. He has the gifts of a very talented player. Let us hope BCCI understands this!

  • rsurya on February 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Vinay kumar is the best bowler in India at present, no one can match him. His line his length is amazing, the pace at which he bowls only the stump knows, the action is most ruthless, Look at him, the batsman's legs will be shaking, once his name is found on the playing eleven the opposite team will start making plans to play him, and warner will cry at the dressing room saying i won't bat please leave me, I want to live. For more facts watch tommorows match.

  • on February 2, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    A little bird came in my dream last night and said India will win just one game in this entire tour and that will be against Sri Lanka, but the result would be of no consequence, since Australia nad SL would already have qualified for the Finals

  • Sri_chicago on February 2, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Very good post this Sid. I am a great fan of this guy so have been waiting for him to be picked and have been extremely disappointed he didnt get a chance in the tests. India could easily have won a test on the back of a big Kohli-Rohit partnership which would have been at a pretty good clip too. But that is all conjecture - and one just hopes Rohit puts aside any misgivings he is feeling right now and just focuses on how well he was playing up until the time this tour began. He won us a couple of ODIs and should be thinking about those types of things hopefully rather than fall into the silly self-pity syndrome that someone like Sehwag has adopted, all too conveniently.

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    my ODI XI, Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Yadav, Zaheer, Rahul, Ashwin/Irfan.

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    in ODIs drop one of Sehwag or Gambhir to fit in Rohit Sharma

  • symsun on February 2, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Rohit, surely one of the best among the youngsters awaiting for chances. He is a class act to watch. But someone needs to spray some water in his face before he enters the ground. He does need any more batting or bowling practices. He just needs to practice to be fresh when u r at the center of the pitch.

  • zico123 on February 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    all the best Rohit, get little more serious about ODI and Test cricket, prove to the world you are one of the best ODI and Test batsman around

  • on February 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    He is the best young Indian batsmen even better than kohli....just look at way he bats when he is in rhythm....runs come easy to him...giv him chance...giv him a long run... at least 10 test matches, the same way they gave to raina who is no where near to him or kohli....he will shine

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on February 2, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    If i have to select the playing 11, i will go with the following players for MCG 1. Sachin 2. Gambhir 3. Virat 4. Rohit 5. Raina 6. Parthiv 7. Irfan pathan 8. Rahul Sharma 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Praveen Kumar 11. Zaheer Khan

  • ved_mishra on February 2, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    This is not his mistake at all. Seniors are the main culprits. Imagine the scenario if greats like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman etc. would not have been given opportunities at young age? How selfish! Instead of grooming juniors in the team, they are holding their places and denying any future improvement of Indian Cricket. Who knows we might have several Sachins, Dravids in the making. Look at Australia, they could have selected the same bunch of players as they performed exceptionally well in Tests. But instead, they opted a new side with new talent. And thus ensuring that they have a bigger pool of players to select from... when there is an important tournament.

  • on February 2, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Rohit was a failure. Got enough chances then. Now in ODI team, where is the place for him?. Gautham Gambhir or Shewag to be dropped for that. Requires guts from team management to do that. Rather Badrinath, a much better test player, was dumped without much opportunities.

  • whyowhy on February 2, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    With Rohit or without Rohit the Indians are getting a bloody thrashing of their lives and whinging about it like hell................

  • kitten on February 2, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments re Rohit. I too feel that he is too laid back, and probably because of this trait, he was slow when he received the first ball, and the rest is history. Sometimes your actions lead to your misfortune. There is no doubt that Rohit is a brilliant batsman, and also a live wire in the field, and he has all the time in the world to play his shots. But sometimes, this 'slowness' should be shelved for a couple of overs at least till he's got his eye in and then he can revert to his usual style, and he is indeed a delight to watch when in full flow. I sincerely hope, for his sake and the fans, that he hits his straps soon, and India will reap the benefits of his long overdue runs.

  • on February 2, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Two players I am not sure why they were given so many chances ... Vinay kumar and rohit sharma

  • shrastogi on February 2, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma is seen as panacea to Indian cricket that would be a mistake. He has a very good record in IPL and also in T20 internationals. But for India to comeback to winning ways it would require a collective team effort.As far as team is concerned Dhoni at least accepts his mistake of asking aussies to bat first which is a much needed departure from earlier captains. He being a finisher doesnt want to put a youngster in pressure position of no. 6. So much as we want to see him bat up the order his reluctance to do so has merit. One would like to see Irfan Pathan in tomorrow's game as well. Sehwag and Gambhir havent been able to give starts but omitting them tomorrow would be a mistake keeping in mind the tri series.

  • Nampally on February 2, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    When a batsman is in terrific form, his confidence is shattered when he keeps getting dropped unjustifiably.Had Rohit played alongside Kohli in all 4 tests, he would have established himself. Everyone needs breaks at the right time. Tendulkar got a break when he was just 16 and the results are obvious. Rohit has been treated very badly for the past 3 years at least by the Indian selectors - Dhoni being the constant Selector during this period. Dhoni never had proper training in cricket and makes mostly "seat of the pant decisions" with no logic. In the process he destroyed Rohit's confidence. When a batsman does everything right yet gets dropped, it is a heart shattering blow.There were numerous chances to include Rohit in tests after his fine batting agianst WI - yet he was kept off.No wonder India got cloberrred in tests. Rohit, Kohli, Pujara & Tiwary are India's batting future. MSD, Pl. do not deny these guys their playing experience if you value the future of Indian Cricket - OK!

  • Mr.Shrek on February 2, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I have been very critical of all the upcoming new batting talent that India has sported so far, but of all the young batsmen, only Rohit Sharma has impressed with his batting technique, stroke execution, fielding, attitude, work ethics and general composure. Of all the young batsmen he has should have been consistenly given more opportunities and groomed much earlier than either Virat Kohli or Suresh Raina. But mistake were done. Now that the opportunity has come for Rohit, misfortune still follows him. I wish someone should go and tell him not to be discouraged and try not to do something hasty when he goes to bat just because he got out cheaply the last time he went to bat. He has to be told and remined again and again that he more than anyone else belongs in that Indian dressing room. I really believe that Rohit Sharma should be groomed as the future captain and main stay of our batting order. He is more humble and mannered that the Kohli's etc.

  • wolf777 on February 2, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I know VK will be playing...

  • hulk777 on February 2, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    To all the Indian seniors if you read this. For a moment think how it would be if you are one among the younsters and the team is full of greats. Do you wish to watch them play and you sitting on the bench or you want to go out and prove. Why dont you give that chance to others. You had your chance, you did an excellent job, there will not be another player like you, everything has to end someday why not leave gracefully. Every youngster need to be encouraged in our country even if they are going to fail initially. Why dont you announce now that the next series is your last one. If you do well in that series you will leave the game on a high note, if you dont still people will support you for all great innings you played for our country and give a good send off.

  • on February 2, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Rohit sharma is fantastic stoke player of cricket, the way he plays suits for all the formats of the game. India team selection has done a big blunder mistake by making him to sit aside for the whole test series. Rohit and Virat these are the two big players who will keep INDIA alive in coming years. We should believe in these players shud not justice them by seeing 2 or 3 matches. At the very early age of their career they got a very good technique of batting. I please INDIAN selectors to not miss them from any format.

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    no buddy Rohit wont be getting a place in ODI XI... the final XI will be : viru,sachin,gauti,kohli,raina,MSD,jadeja/pathan and 4 bowlers so there is no place for rohit again...

  • rahulcricket007 on February 2, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    how many times i have to told you that one t20 failure/sucess doesn't mean he is a bad batsmen . look at shaun marsh who was selcted in the test series on the criteria of making blistering 99 runs in a match in bbl but what happens to him in test matches . if experts like chapell , majrekar , ganguly , warne , waugh are saying that he is very talented then their will be something in him .

  • thinktank1 on February 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    He should concentrate on first 20 runs.. after that he ll be in rhythm and can score runs freely.

  • sachinrh on February 2, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Extreamly sad. I am sure everybody felt for him. He deserved atleast one test... "... A young man trying to come to terms with not being considered good enough for a side that was losing match after match. For eight innings, India persisted with the same personnel and same batting order for the same results...

    Says all.. with no more outside tour next 2 years .. In my view he has already lost the big opportunity.

  • RIPPER27 on February 2, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Rohit is the next big thing in Indian Cricket.He should have played in Tests & I am sure he would do well in ODI.Lady Luck has not been very kind to him but I am sure he would deliver this time.

  • SRThero on February 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    he has best timing in shots and making runs.surely he is the best player than kohli.He got huge unfortune and negligence for a while. Technically he is SOUND(super).

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Not Agree, he is not using his tellent. whenever he is getting chance not performing well and he got lot of chance.

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Its a question that needs to be asked from selectors, "Why were not Ojha and Rohit given a chance when series was already lost?".

  • CricFreax on February 2, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    the XI for next game should be Gambhir, Sachin (sehwag can be dropped), Virat, Raina,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin, Umesh, Irfan, Praveen, Rahul

  • RohanPandey27 on February 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    A really crucial series for him, and, in a way for the Indian Team because if Rohit Sharma comes good in this series, India will have a much improved player(certified by the tough tour of Australia) waiting in the ranks. He was unlucky in the 1st T20, the first ball he faced was a good one that spun a lot and on another day, would have hit his pads and died down. Unfortunately it hit his pads and crashed onto the stumps. But having said that, Rohit will have to come out improved in the 2nd T20 and get some runs under his belt to set the tone for the ODIs.

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Definatly..Waiting for that moment..

  • Haleos on February 2, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Hope he replaces VVS in tests as well.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 2, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Rohit showed great temperament in the last ODI series against the West Indies. India were in trouble a couple of times in the series with the loss of early wickets. But Rohit stabilized the innings and batted well with the lower order. I hope he continues the same way in this series too.

  • rajat-column on February 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Why are you saying that the first delievery he faced in England, he was injured. In the lone T20, he faced 3 balls and made 1 run. I think he is waste of a talent and will never improve. I wonder why nobody writes an article on Irfan Pathan who he is a real talent and selectors are wasting his talent.

  • premendrasinghal on February 2, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    I dont't think that Rohit is so great batsman. He is a good timer, he has got all sorts of shots BUT his reflexes towards incoming ball are too slow. If he rides on his luck then only he can do something in these conditions where ball comes with more pace than in India or subcontinent. He looks a bit lazy on the field while batting. I wish good luck to him.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Rather unfortunate he had to wait longer to get a chance i was really sad to see him getting out first ball after waiting for such a long time in the test series.. Anyways, hope he comes good in next match and ODI series.. Such a vital cog for future of Indian cricket..

  • spinkingKK on February 2, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    My team for the 2nd silly T20I is : Tendulkar/Tiwary, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Pathan, Jadeja, Praveen, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

  • Captain_Crick on February 2, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should have played the tests in the first place. He was just wasted in the test series. Not that he could have made a difference to the outcome, but would have got a lot of exposure to these conditions. He's definitely going to be a part of future Indian test team and would have learnt a lot had he played in these overseas conditions.

  • on February 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma didn't warrant a spot in the world cup squad because he was bad then, he was an opportunity wasted and I personally didn't understand what was the hype all about. He was lazy, lax, an "I am the crown prince" attitude and a tendency to throw away his wicket is what characterized this man before the world cup. The series against the West Indies changed that though. There was a renewed urgency in his batting, fielding was improved, he was looking much leaner and was eager to prove himself. This later was the one thing that separates him from somebody like Virat Kohli. Kohli always looks hungry and angry, he forces challenges upon himself and tries to crawl out of it unaided. His innings in Perth was a prime example. He is verbal and brash but at the same time the attitude does rub onto the field as good results. Statistics would tell you that. Rohit somehow doesn't show that urgency in his batting. Many believe its a gift but at times a bit of aggression is what one needs.

  • TTking on February 2, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I support Rohit to come good this series due to his recent improvements....He never looks rushed into shots and his temparament is up there with the best.

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  • TTking on February 2, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I support Rohit to come good this series due to his recent improvements....He never looks rushed into shots and his temparament is up there with the best.

  • on February 2, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Rohit Sharma didn't warrant a spot in the world cup squad because he was bad then, he was an opportunity wasted and I personally didn't understand what was the hype all about. He was lazy, lax, an "I am the crown prince" attitude and a tendency to throw away his wicket is what characterized this man before the world cup. The series against the West Indies changed that though. There was a renewed urgency in his batting, fielding was improved, he was looking much leaner and was eager to prove himself. This later was the one thing that separates him from somebody like Virat Kohli. Kohli always looks hungry and angry, he forces challenges upon himself and tries to crawl out of it unaided. His innings in Perth was a prime example. He is verbal and brash but at the same time the attitude does rub onto the field as good results. Statistics would tell you that. Rohit somehow doesn't show that urgency in his batting. Many believe its a gift but at times a bit of aggression is what one needs.

  • Captain_Crick on February 2, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should have played the tests in the first place. He was just wasted in the test series. Not that he could have made a difference to the outcome, but would have got a lot of exposure to these conditions. He's definitely going to be a part of future Indian test team and would have learnt a lot had he played in these overseas conditions.

  • spinkingKK on February 2, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    My team for the 2nd silly T20I is : Tendulkar/Tiwary, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Pathan, Jadeja, Praveen, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

  • satish619chandar on February 2, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Rather unfortunate he had to wait longer to get a chance i was really sad to see him getting out first ball after waiting for such a long time in the test series.. Anyways, hope he comes good in next match and ODI series.. Such a vital cog for future of Indian cricket..

  • premendrasinghal on February 2, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    I dont't think that Rohit is so great batsman. He is a good timer, he has got all sorts of shots BUT his reflexes towards incoming ball are too slow. If he rides on his luck then only he can do something in these conditions where ball comes with more pace than in India or subcontinent. He looks a bit lazy on the field while batting. I wish good luck to him.

  • rajat-column on February 2, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Why are you saying that the first delievery he faced in England, he was injured. In the lone T20, he faced 3 balls and made 1 run. I think he is waste of a talent and will never improve. I wonder why nobody writes an article on Irfan Pathan who he is a real talent and selectors are wasting his talent.

  • Unmesh_cric on February 2, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Rohit showed great temperament in the last ODI series against the West Indies. India were in trouble a couple of times in the series with the loss of early wickets. But Rohit stabilized the innings and batted well with the lower order. I hope he continues the same way in this series too.

  • Haleos on February 2, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Hope he replaces VVS in tests as well.

  • on February 2, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Definatly..Waiting for that moment..