Beyond the Blues June 7, 2010

India need Rohit Sharma to live up to his promise

Has Rohit Sharma finally arrived?
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Has Rohit Sharma finally arrived? That's the question people and pundits ask every time Rohit plays one of his trademark brilliant knocks - mostly in the IPL. But a good knock, or a couple of good knocks, are always followed by a series of low scores and the same people who hailed him start baying for his blood. To be fair to the critics, they're absolutely right in expecting talent to be complimented by performances on a consistent basis.

We all know Rohit is a special talent and seems to have what it takes to succeed at the highest level. But sadly he's let his contemporaries steal a march over him. For way too long he's remained a future prospect, showing only trailers of what, perhaps, could be in store. In my humble opinion, talent without performances is as good or bad as having no talent at all.

Now with two consecutive centuries in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, he has settled the debate for a while. Yes, the runs came against lesser teams but his nemesis was never the opposition but the challenge within. He always looked at ease against the best of bowlers, pace and spinners alike, both at the international level and the IPL. He seems to have more time than the rest to tackle rapid pace and the technical know-how to handle quality spin.

I spoke to a current international bowler recently and he was all praise for Rohit. According to him, Rohit is blessed with a sense of timing and has more time than most people in the current Indian team. Coming from a successful international bowler, the observation carried a lot of weight. Ever wondered what exactly is having more time? Cricket, apart from bowling, is mostly about receiving. You have to be at the right place at the right time to receive the ball and then react appropriately. If you're even a micro-second late, everything goes awry. Rohit gets into the right positions quickly to execute shots perfectly, which is why he's never off-balance or hurried.

It was never the talent which was questioned but the temperament. His shot selection has often left a lot to be desired and caused his downfall more often than wicket-taking deliveries. Another incident involving another international fast bowler comes to mind. The bowler in question was starting his new spell and bowled a loosener which was deposited into the stands straight over his head. As expected the bowler cursed himself, only it wasn't exactly for bowling a loosener but for forgetting the strength of the man on the opposite end. He knew Rohit would pounce on anything loose regardless of it being the start of a new spell. That's a big compliment coming from an international bowler.

This shows that Rohit has an almost Sehwag-like faith in his abilities and gives little importance to what is being dished out to him. But since every coin has two sides, this has often led to his downfall. His exceptional ability to hit even the good balls takes him ahead of himself and he tries one too many. Result-- a long walk back to the pavilion. Hopefully he's cracked the code for the Men in Blue need him, as much as he needs them, to make a formidable test team even after the 'fab four' retire.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • Abhik on June 28, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Rohit Sharma could easily be the next Mark Waugh - supremely talented but without the application and respect for the opposition to be a true great. But at least Mark Waugh played more than a hundred tests and won many of them single handedly. Rohit has a long way to go to get there especially in a fickle system like India.

  • Raghu on June 11, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    I still do not think, that Rohit Sharma has arrived. For a person with oodles of talent as him, he is far too irresponsible. No wonder for one who idolizes Yuvraj Singh, who himself is a sort of cult figure in this sort of things. I always love to watch players who play shots easily without much of fuss. Rohit is definitely one of them. But I dont think he still has realized how important is for him to perform and not reston laurels that he had once earned in the IPLs. Just take a look at the the probable Line up for the WC if UV and Rohit fugure on the card. Viru,SRT,Gauti,Raina,UV,Rohit,Dhoni,Bhaj,Zhir,PK,Nehra/mishra.... looking at the batting line up. If everyone is abt 80% then the opposition teams have somethin really hot on their menu. SO, I AM PRAYING THAT UV AND ROHIT GET WELL SOON SPARE INDIA FROM DISAPPOINTMENT AT HOME.Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Yatheendran on June 11, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Rohit is a combination of Dravid and Tendulkar, technique and stroke play.If selectors persist with him even if he fails one or two he can become the mainstay of Indain Batting

  • Rohan on June 11, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is at a stage in his career like Yuvraj was before the Natwest trophy. As the performance came, so did the belief. However the most important thing is a sense of responsibility that drives a cricketer to finish the match when he is in control of the game.This has been shown by Dhoni, time and again in the ODI's specially. He finishes the game , which is more difficult than just blasting a few shots that entertain the spectators.Seemingly Rohit has found form, but what he really needs to do is keep it going before some other player replaces him.

  • Abhijit_59274 on June 10, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Its gud to see Rohit playing well. But its still a long way to go.And he is bit unlucky because Captain Dhoni never trusted him.One or two failure will give Dhoni a chance to drop him from playing XI.He should have been playing under Ganguly who recognizes true talent and support them. Sehwag , Yuvraj , Bhajji are great examples.Dhoni seems to have more trust on bit and piece players like Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan and we have already seen the result in T20 World Cup. These bit and piece players can be good in India against weaker teams but against world class team in sporting pitches they will always struggle. Hope the selector will keep Rohit for test series as well. He will be the man to watch when India will tour South Africa this year end. I really feel he should be the man to bat at no 6 for Indian test team.

  • sriram on June 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Rohit is such a delight to watch. With the ability to pick the ball early he has also got all the strokes that a great batsman should have. Coming to the mental aspect of the game he doesn't succumb to pressure as you can see from his performances in the Ipl. So I believe that it is the shot selection he has to work on so that he can thrive playing against the best in cricket. Keep going Rohit!!!

  • N Sairam on June 10, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is the poor mans Inzamam-ul-haq. There is a lot of similarities in their stroke making as well as bulky build. It is time he improved his consistency and ability to stretch his twenties and thirties to eighties and hundreds.

  • Gajen on June 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @krishnaswami at June 7, 2010 12:45 PM Foe everyone who says "Sachin does not have a single world championship title under his belt after 20 years of playing cricket", for your kind information, cricket is a team game unlike tennis or golf. Please refrain from writing negative things against our one of the cricket legends the world ever seen or may not ever see again. Rohit is a good batsman by technique but he proved he is very inconsitent. Unless he proves his commitment, I dont think he will continue longer in the team.

  • SAHIR on June 10, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Well here we go again,i think this is the inborn problem of indians hyping things up,two consecutive centuries & india have found the star who is here to stay for 10 years,give me a break. He is averaging in early 30s & only thing he is gaining is weight & that too rapidly.Performing isn IPL is only thing he may be can do but international cricket is not his cup of tea, it will be proved come asia cup.

  • prakash on June 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Ian Chappel was praising rohit to no ends throughout his innings against australia in T20 when he made 70 odd runs and others were blown away. He was commenting something like this ' Go sonny go. Prove to the selectors you are way better than others'

  • Abhik on June 28, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Rohit Sharma could easily be the next Mark Waugh - supremely talented but without the application and respect for the opposition to be a true great. But at least Mark Waugh played more than a hundred tests and won many of them single handedly. Rohit has a long way to go to get there especially in a fickle system like India.

  • Raghu on June 11, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    I still do not think, that Rohit Sharma has arrived. For a person with oodles of talent as him, he is far too irresponsible. No wonder for one who idolizes Yuvraj Singh, who himself is a sort of cult figure in this sort of things. I always love to watch players who play shots easily without much of fuss. Rohit is definitely one of them. But I dont think he still has realized how important is for him to perform and not reston laurels that he had once earned in the IPLs. Just take a look at the the probable Line up for the WC if UV and Rohit fugure on the card. Viru,SRT,Gauti,Raina,UV,Rohit,Dhoni,Bhaj,Zhir,PK,Nehra/mishra.... looking at the batting line up. If everyone is abt 80% then the opposition teams have somethin really hot on their menu. SO, I AM PRAYING THAT UV AND ROHIT GET WELL SOON SPARE INDIA FROM DISAPPOINTMENT AT HOME.Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Yatheendran on June 11, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Rohit is a combination of Dravid and Tendulkar, technique and stroke play.If selectors persist with him even if he fails one or two he can become the mainstay of Indain Batting

  • Rohan on June 11, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is at a stage in his career like Yuvraj was before the Natwest trophy. As the performance came, so did the belief. However the most important thing is a sense of responsibility that drives a cricketer to finish the match when he is in control of the game.This has been shown by Dhoni, time and again in the ODI's specially. He finishes the game , which is more difficult than just blasting a few shots that entertain the spectators.Seemingly Rohit has found form, but what he really needs to do is keep it going before some other player replaces him.

  • Abhijit_59274 on June 10, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Its gud to see Rohit playing well. But its still a long way to go.And he is bit unlucky because Captain Dhoni never trusted him.One or two failure will give Dhoni a chance to drop him from playing XI.He should have been playing under Ganguly who recognizes true talent and support them. Sehwag , Yuvraj , Bhajji are great examples.Dhoni seems to have more trust on bit and piece players like Jadeja and Yusuf Pathan and we have already seen the result in T20 World Cup. These bit and piece players can be good in India against weaker teams but against world class team in sporting pitches they will always struggle. Hope the selector will keep Rohit for test series as well. He will be the man to watch when India will tour South Africa this year end. I really feel he should be the man to bat at no 6 for Indian test team.

  • sriram on June 10, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Rohit is such a delight to watch. With the ability to pick the ball early he has also got all the strokes that a great batsman should have. Coming to the mental aspect of the game he doesn't succumb to pressure as you can see from his performances in the Ipl. So I believe that it is the shot selection he has to work on so that he can thrive playing against the best in cricket. Keep going Rohit!!!

  • N Sairam on June 10, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is the poor mans Inzamam-ul-haq. There is a lot of similarities in their stroke making as well as bulky build. It is time he improved his consistency and ability to stretch his twenties and thirties to eighties and hundreds.

  • Gajen on June 10, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @krishnaswami at June 7, 2010 12:45 PM Foe everyone who says "Sachin does not have a single world championship title under his belt after 20 years of playing cricket", for your kind information, cricket is a team game unlike tennis or golf. Please refrain from writing negative things against our one of the cricket legends the world ever seen or may not ever see again. Rohit is a good batsman by technique but he proved he is very inconsitent. Unless he proves his commitment, I dont think he will continue longer in the team.

  • SAHIR on June 10, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Well here we go again,i think this is the inborn problem of indians hyping things up,two consecutive centuries & india have found the star who is here to stay for 10 years,give me a break. He is averaging in early 30s & only thing he is gaining is weight & that too rapidly.Performing isn IPL is only thing he may be can do but international cricket is not his cup of tea, it will be proved come asia cup.

  • prakash on June 10, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Ian Chappel was praising rohit to no ends throughout his innings against australia in T20 when he made 70 odd runs and others were blown away. He was commenting something like this ' Go sonny go. Prove to the selectors you are way better than others'

  • Shankar on June 10, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    As Daya pointed out, its not about the number of shots the man possesses, its about using them and using them well. No use in having special talent, if he cannot perform consistently. See the case of Dhoni, Chanderpaul, Vettori. These guys dont hav special talent or God-given technique, still they manage to perform consistently. Weigh the runs and its importance in the context of the match.. dont look at the way this guy played during his school days...

  • Sefal Khan on June 10, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Whom did he score and what quality of bowlers - did you note? Rohit next Tendulker - give me a break guys. Please do not insult the great man.

  • jimmy on June 10, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    i think rohit is lucky player and have somebody behind him for his selection ,we got many chances and selected many times it sure he cant play short ball ,we saw it he close eye sometime on short ball,we also have other talented player like manoj tiwary,badri,pujara,manish pandey,Sikar Dhanwan but they dont get chance as rohit got

  • Sefal Khan on June 10, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    Whom did he score 100's against - have you looked at the bowlers?

  • Fan Cric on June 9, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Don't know who has arrived. But whole Team India (Bunch of Losers) is out of sorts ever since that IPL came into existence. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • mukesh on June 9, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    I think i am lost here. Or was i the only person thinking in this way.Is there something in rohit that makes everyone happy. In the whole indian team which was practically good in all purpose for ODIs and worse in T20s. Rohit is just another batsmen who doesn't fit the bill. whats good of rohit he gets out everytime u praise him. consistency is what we never care about i agree with DAYA. we can never get consistent players and there is no replacement for SRT/RD/VVS mainly cos our next big thing if at all its Rohit or Yuvi or XYZ r not consistent.If at all there is someone we can bank upon its GG or dhoni or coming up kohli.. look at there average or play at right time!!! thats what makes difference from men to boys!!

  • Upender on June 9, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    I think rohit sharma is a highly overrated player.Before his twin centuries in zim his avg in odi's was a mere 25 & he wasted a lot of balls just for the sake of settling down creating pressure on the other guys,his knock of 79 against aus in icc world t20 highlighted his selfishness,a guy like robin should be given a fair chance(after his injury).He is so lazy in his shot selection reminding me of hemang badani & dinesh mongia.Everybody knows what happened to brad hodge who was touted as the next big thing after ponting but he could not justify his talent.A few good knocks at a club level competition like ipl cant make a player great,wake up mr lazy

  • Atul Kumar on June 9, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    No doubt rohit Sharma is a gifted player.He just has to focus on his shot selection.He has bit of casual approach and he need to focus on his fitness.He has to learn from Seniors like Sachin,Dravid and Laxman how to approach an innings.All the best to him Hoping he wud continue the form n momentum he has gained from this tour

  • Arjun on June 9, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Rohit is a very talented batsman,there's no doubt in that.He has probably cemented his place in the Indian team for the Asia cup and if Yuvi doesn't return for a while,Rohit is expected to stay there .His two centuries in zimbabwe should have increased his confidence and self belief.I've never been a fan of Rohit Sharma for a simple reason that he got too many chances for a player who made it to the team on the basis of talent alone.Rohit has been a failure in international cricket(except the zim series).He is lucky to be in the team,there are other players who have scored tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket and still don't find a place in the indian team.Rohit never had that problem,he made it to the team on talent alone,its like taking a shortcut to success.Rohit should place domestic cricket for at least 2 years before becoming a permanent member in the India team.We all know that this guy has got special talent,Talent is nothing when it's not harnessed properly!!!

  • Roscoe on June 9, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    IPL 2. Chargers need 21 runs in last over to win a round robin game. Mortaza bowling. Rohit plays sublime, Mortaza disintegrates as the over goes on. Last ball, scores level, Rohit hits the bouncer for 6. Chargers win, the points help them to 4th place, they go on to win IPL 2. Rohit = talent. He won't ever be Tendulkar, but he is good.

  • Vijay on June 8, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Rohit should harness the enormous experience of coach and model himself better. Primarily it is not the skill but get that little bit of laziness out of his way. Be determined in his mind not to give his wicket at any cost and stay until the end. We do not need big hitters but need more consistent performances like Vengsarkar and Dravid.

  • Jason on June 8, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Are you kidding? Rohit is such a useless felow. He reminds me of how Yuvraj Singh has become, but Yuvraj has 7000 runs in ODIs so he can slump. Rohit is an awful fielder, he is not fit, and there is no way he can play test cricket or ODI cricket against the best bowlers like Steyn, Morkel, Johnson or Tait

  • saurabh on June 8, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    rohit is undoubtedly a good player but his temparament seems quite indifferent at times and he gets out very wierdly at times.virat is a better bet than rohit for indian team as he is the one who can change geaqrs very fast

  • saurabh on June 8, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    rohit is undoubtedly a good player but his temparament seems quite indifferent at times and he gets out very wierdly at times.virat is a better bet than rohit for indian team as he is the one who can change geaqrs very fast

  • Ajithkumar on June 8, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    A good article, but we are failing to understand something. The expectations today are far too high for a new comer. How many times we ve felt bad when sachin threw his wicket away during the early 90s. We all knew that his talent was unmatched, but still he always threw his wicket away. Only during the second half of the 90s sachin became consistent, he learnt how to position his game. He was given a free run till then, because he was extremely good. How many failures dravid had before he made up a mark in the internation odi arena? his odi man of the match records says it all. If we were so patient with dravid, why not be patient and give more chances to a talent like rohit. Take away sachin and ponting, today no one other KP and rohit has so much time to play their shots. They never look hurried. Check www.cricages.com

  • happy_paki on June 8, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    indian media just raises noise when any indian player performs just in one match.......they make him their god.....ipl isnt a criteria.just look at our tiger UMER AKMAL.he is gong towards ur sachin............

  • GANESH SOVANI on June 8, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Yes.Rohit Sharma has shaped very well on Zimbabwe tour. But let him play a Test series in England, Australia and also on the bouncy tracks in West Indies, then you can call him as the man who has come of age !

    Its premature to extoll him now. Remember, what happened to him in World T 20 Championship in England in 2009 season.He was on top in first half, and them at rock bottom in 2nd half. Success should not go in his head. That's the only care he should take. About his technique, excellent, no dispute about that.

  • Gilliana on June 8, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Yes, Pujara in no.3 and Rohit Sharma @5. Yuvraj has had his chances. Time for Laxman to get the chop.

  • kapil agarwal on June 8, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    There are a lot of players who come to once eye having natural talent.rohit also is one of them.but the problem is performance.and that is the biggest problem.runs cannot be scored from the pavalion.one has to be out there scoring them.in todays competitive environment quantity will always outdo quality.so rohit has to quantify his quality.

  • Raman on June 8, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Is Rohit a great player?, difficult to confirm now & he is yet to establish and is still long way to go. Another problem with this guy is he is as undisciplined as Yuvaraj and if he tastes success in couple of matches it just goes straight into his head. It takes an year or more for him to come back to earth...

  • Rajit Divetia on June 8, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Good blog!!Super talented alright,but Rohit Sharma has to learn to keep his head firmly over his shoulders only then he will be able to translate talent into result which will do Indian cricket a world of good.After playing a couple of good shots he simply plays the most reckless shot which one will remember for long instead of his silken drives.Also he needs to keep working hard on his fitness.Ultimately it all boils down to 3 D's :Determination,Dedication and Discipline.

  • Karthik on June 8, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    As you say, it's all mental and we won't know how good he really is until he starts performing against the biggies. What is promising though is that he seems to be the only one of the new crop who plays the short ball reasonably well.

    btw, the link to your site on this page is broken.

  • Boris on June 8, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    I do hope Rohit produces some more of these kinds of performances and not go down what we could call the 'Yuvraj Singh' route in his career. He is truly a special talent and it is a thrill to watch him bat. If he can establish this consistency which can make him a great, I will be one person who would be more than happy to go to a cricket match just to watch him as many people do today in order to watch Tendulkar. The Asia cup is a good start for Rohit against his Asian counterparts. If he performs there, I think we can say with reasonable certainty that Rohit has finally found his feet. India will need him to do so before the world cup.

  • Afridi on June 8, 2010, 0:38 GMT

    Why must every player from the sub continent who plays one or two good innings automatically become a special talent? Rohit is rubbish, he can't string 2 good innings together, just because IPL is televised globally doesn't make it an international event, it is still only domestic, everyone has players who are great at the domestic level but useless at International Cricket. Calling Rohit Sharma special is just like when people called Ashraful a man with great potential or Sami a fantastic find... these players are rubbish.

  • Daya on June 7, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    The aura of the article exemplifies what is wrong with India- where we appreciate the 'birth gifts' than achievements. Not necessarily in cricket but in many aspects of life. An engineer, doctor, architect, and cricketer for instance for being just that and not for what they achieve of their position. It is a shame we need foreign investments or coaches for making any suggestion of 'progress'. The ultimate objective is winning matches- ie., score more runs than the opposition in cricket- is more often than not forgotten, though it appears simple enough. The least minimum expected is consistency, and THEN scoring at the RIGHT time, and then the RIGHT amount of runs. A century or a double that matters, as long the TEAM requirements are met. Example Dravid's 66 in the West Indies and Dhoni's obturacy in Lords are worth their weight in gold than many embellished 'centuries' that people speak of. Rohit Sharma represents everything wrong about India and is a 'Yuvraj' in the making

  • David Koylass on June 7, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    sir i do not think u could say they were lesser opponents beacause INDIA were beaten by zimbawe and sri lanka. Rohit Sharma is overrated because of the IPL and to me should not be in the indian team until he could play the short ball

  • Deepanjan Datta on June 7, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    I'd agree, not entirely though! Cricket is a team sport - however, one of the few where singular performance can usurp better team efforts. We all remember Tendulkar as a 21 yr old winning matches on his own, Dravid taking on Donald as a 24 yr old on a pacy Durban pitch, or Yuvraj as an 18 year old winning matches against McGrath and friends. Rohit Sharma oozes natural talent, but until he can mix in the temper it with cricketing maturity and sharpen it with that individual brilliance which can carry team's fortunes - he'd be fighting for the spot. Agreed, we need men of his talent but age can't be an excuse - let's hope he's broken the hoodoo :)

  • malathesh on June 7, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    he may have all the talent on earth....but wats d use whn he cant convert it into performance....in my view his talent is just blown out of proportion...he takes time to settle down in middle...may b he should b tried in tests rather than ODIs whr he ll hav enough time to settle n play his shots....choosing just on d basis of IPL is just bull shit........compare him wit KOHLI....virat has scored more thn rohit in almost half the innings tat rohit has played...plz KICK out rohit sharma from ODI squd....give opportunities to some1 else lik ROBIN...

  • Anonymous on June 7, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    ya! rohit is one of the best talented guys dat r available and can be seen as leading future prospects

  • Nepolian Socraties on June 7, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    Praisin Rohit be in other part.. He has done justice to his talent.. But i need Rohit and the whole Indian team to play the stuff which ruffled them in England and West Indies ( t20) and also on tarcks away from sub continent.. Only those performances ll help India stand tall in world stage for a very long time..

  • Mushtaq on June 7, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Most of the Indian players in the squad to Zimbabwe played as if they are playing for themselves and not the team. They wasted balls in the name of settling down and put too much pressure on the batsmen lower down the order. The top 4 were the main culprits. It was as if they knew they would not get a chance again when the big guns come and wanted to score runs for themselves without looking at the team's cost. These guys are nothing but selfish and do not have country's interests. However, talented they should be kicked out. Just look at the strike rates in the initial part of their innings and it would not be more than 60. Does Indian cricket deserve such cricketers. Shame on these guys who could not put up a fight even.

  • Mushtaq on June 7, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Most of the Indian players in the squad to Zimbabwe played as if they are playing for themselves and not the team. They wasted balls in the name of settling down and put too much pressure on the batsmen lower down the order. The top 4 were the main culprits. It was as if they knew they would not get a chance again when the big guns come and wanted to score runs for themselves without looking at the team's cost. These guys are nothing but selfish and do not have country's interests. However, talented they should be kicked out. Just look at the strike rates in the initial part of their innings and it would not be more than 60. Does Indian cricket deserve such cricketers. Shame on these guys who could not put up a fight even.

  • Harish on June 7, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has not put in the kind of performances that could match his immense talent and high capabilities to come good against any attack in the world. More than the inconsistent run of Rohit himself, the consistent shuffling of his batting order by Dhoni, who has skippered him most, has also played his part in diminishing his batting prowess. People like Yusuf Pathan and sometimes Harbajan Singh have been sent above Rohit, which according to me is the most stupid decision a captain is able to make. (But this is nothing to take away any credit from Harbajan Singh who has delivered more often than the recognized batsmen to save India many a times.) I think Rohit should be batting at No.4 in any cricket match he plays for India in future. After Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman retire, if any single batsman who can be expected to face the best of attacks in the world with confidence and score runs, Rohit Sharma is the first name.

  • Gaurav on June 7, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Out of the next generation of batsmen waiting in the wings of Indian Cricket, only 2 - Pujara and Sharma - seem to possess the ability to play Test Cricket. Raina definitely does not. Pandey is still unproven in the longer form, and the two Tamils are just not talented enough, specially to open against quality attacks on sharp pitches. The cupboard does seem rather bare for the next decade once Sachin/Dravid/Laxman hang up their boots. The top order then would be - Sehwag, Gambhir, Pujara, Sharma, ________, Dhoni, followed by a long tail. And apré Sehwag, quoi??

  • kalyan on June 7, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Well said !! Rohit looks more calm and composed now. We all know he always has that talent to play big shots. Its just that he needs to execute his stroke play organised and he seems to have cracked the code finally if not on the verge. I wish Rohit a very good luck :) cheers Bro... you are the future of Indian cricket...

  • Homer on June 7, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Rohit has been consistently inconsistent ever since he made his Mumbai debut in 2005/06. Either we live with that fact and factor it in every time he goes out to bat or wait until the end of this Ranji season to know if he has finally managed to overcome the hump of being great in two innings and mediocre in the next 6.

    Cheers,

  • krishnaswami on June 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    we do not need super talents for this country!! sachin is god's gift to cricket that is what our media hammers into our head day in and day out but he does not have a single world championship title under his belt after 20 years of playing cricket. Try and evolve our cricketing culture on the lines of australia where the results is of prime importance and not the player. they have asked their greatest of players to go at their prime of their talents remember david boon, dean jones, michael slater, michael bevan, symonds to name a few to make way for younger talents. Those younger talents selected have always lived up to their selections in place of those all time greats. Look at the results they gave for their country in the recently concluded t20 world cup.we need a similar cricketing culture in our country not plain worshippers of individual cricketing statistics. Lets benchmark the greatness of players with the number of wings they bring in for the country.

  • Dilse on June 7, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    "Yes, the runs came against lesser teams" Is Sri Lanka a minnow? and the other one is Zim who are potential winners of this series, can it be considered as a lesser team? Come on Aakash.. Rohit is here to stay for next 5-10 years for sure. He is not just good in batting but also the way he think while at crease.. he is more matured of the youngsters we have now.

  • Jason on June 7, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    "He knew Rohit would pounce on anything loose regardless of it being the start of a new spell. That’s a big compliment coming from an international bowler." <------ what a stupid stupid stupid comment. Any batsman playing in an international side (or even C grade club level!) would pounce on anything loose from a bowler. Idiot.

  • R.KARTHIKEYAN on June 7, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    HE IS A VERY GOOD TALLENTED PLAYER OF INDIAN SIDE.I WILL PRAY TO CONTINUED HIS FORM

  • Basal Ahmed on June 7, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Actually, I think Rohit Sharma was the only player on tour that showed any hunger to win. The young guns embarassed themselves. India's bowling was eriously bad, worse than Namibia's. But the future of the batting is looking rosy

  • Ramanan on June 7, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    I think Rohit still has quite a long way to go when it comes to application and commitment. when he won his first MOM award, he said "he is more hunger". Does this mean that he was not hunger earlier, had he taken Indian Cap for granted? He may have the right attributes to make it big, but still does not give an assurance when he is out there.

  • s.s.v.ramana rao. on June 7, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Clearly Rohit is the crowd puller of present day Indian Cricket.Everybody is watching him with intent including his opponent team bowlers.He is The only batsman in present day Indian Cricket to whom the fast bowlers dreaded to bowl short pitched bouncers.Of course the exception is Sachin & Laxman ( I always wonder why Laxman uses his wrists even while playing short balls. For his height and timing I believe he can hit the short ball better if he plays it with full hand)With seniors around he may play more brilliant cricket like Sachin .

  • Gaurav mittal on June 7, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Yeah...I would surely agree with what Tariq has said that he has the capability to succeed at the international level but he has to more careful about the shot selection.During IPL he has shown he has a big range of shots and can even hit good bowlers out of the park when in full flow.One thing that I have noticed in him that he reads the situation of game very well as he has shown by taking Deccan chargers to victories in many close encounters.But sometimes he goes on playing too many shots which leads to his dismissal.If he can correct that he would probably end up as one of the greats of the game.

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  • Gaurav mittal on June 7, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Yeah...I would surely agree with what Tariq has said that he has the capability to succeed at the international level but he has to more careful about the shot selection.During IPL he has shown he has a big range of shots and can even hit good bowlers out of the park when in full flow.One thing that I have noticed in him that he reads the situation of game very well as he has shown by taking Deccan chargers to victories in many close encounters.But sometimes he goes on playing too many shots which leads to his dismissal.If he can correct that he would probably end up as one of the greats of the game.

  • s.s.v.ramana rao. on June 7, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Clearly Rohit is the crowd puller of present day Indian Cricket.Everybody is watching him with intent including his opponent team bowlers.He is The only batsman in present day Indian Cricket to whom the fast bowlers dreaded to bowl short pitched bouncers.Of course the exception is Sachin & Laxman ( I always wonder why Laxman uses his wrists even while playing short balls. For his height and timing I believe he can hit the short ball better if he plays it with full hand)With seniors around he may play more brilliant cricket like Sachin .

  • Ramanan on June 7, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    I think Rohit still has quite a long way to go when it comes to application and commitment. when he won his first MOM award, he said "he is more hunger". Does this mean that he was not hunger earlier, had he taken Indian Cap for granted? He may have the right attributes to make it big, but still does not give an assurance when he is out there.

  • Basal Ahmed on June 7, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Actually, I think Rohit Sharma was the only player on tour that showed any hunger to win. The young guns embarassed themselves. India's bowling was eriously bad, worse than Namibia's. But the future of the batting is looking rosy

  • R.KARTHIKEYAN on June 7, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    HE IS A VERY GOOD TALLENTED PLAYER OF INDIAN SIDE.I WILL PRAY TO CONTINUED HIS FORM

  • Jason on June 7, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    "He knew Rohit would pounce on anything loose regardless of it being the start of a new spell. That’s a big compliment coming from an international bowler." <------ what a stupid stupid stupid comment. Any batsman playing in an international side (or even C grade club level!) would pounce on anything loose from a bowler. Idiot.

  • Dilse on June 7, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    "Yes, the runs came against lesser teams" Is Sri Lanka a minnow? and the other one is Zim who are potential winners of this series, can it be considered as a lesser team? Come on Aakash.. Rohit is here to stay for next 5-10 years for sure. He is not just good in batting but also the way he think while at crease.. he is more matured of the youngsters we have now.

  • krishnaswami on June 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    we do not need super talents for this country!! sachin is god's gift to cricket that is what our media hammers into our head day in and day out but he does not have a single world championship title under his belt after 20 years of playing cricket. Try and evolve our cricketing culture on the lines of australia where the results is of prime importance and not the player. they have asked their greatest of players to go at their prime of their talents remember david boon, dean jones, michael slater, michael bevan, symonds to name a few to make way for younger talents. Those younger talents selected have always lived up to their selections in place of those all time greats. Look at the results they gave for their country in the recently concluded t20 world cup.we need a similar cricketing culture in our country not plain worshippers of individual cricketing statistics. Lets benchmark the greatness of players with the number of wings they bring in for the country.

  • Homer on June 7, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Rohit has been consistently inconsistent ever since he made his Mumbai debut in 2005/06. Either we live with that fact and factor it in every time he goes out to bat or wait until the end of this Ranji season to know if he has finally managed to overcome the hump of being great in two innings and mediocre in the next 6.

    Cheers,

  • kalyan on June 7, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Well said !! Rohit looks more calm and composed now. We all know he always has that talent to play big shots. Its just that he needs to execute his stroke play organised and he seems to have cracked the code finally if not on the verge. I wish Rohit a very good luck :) cheers Bro... you are the future of Indian cricket...