Indian cricket June 8, 2012

Has Rohit Sharma lost his way?

Deepika Ravi
Five years down the line, Rohit Sharma hasn't played a single Test, is not a permanent fixture in the ODI playing XI and is, if he is indeed picked, a floater in the batting order
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During the 2007-08 ODI series in Australia, India had unearthed an exciting young player. Rohit Sharma had come good during the series. At the end of the series, he was touted by many as the heir to Sachin Tendulkar.

Close to almost five years later, watching the 25-year-old play, I wonder: what went wrong? One of Australia's best and most formidable captains, Ian Chappell had described Rohit as the next best thing to happen to Indian cricket. To begin with, here was a batsman with a really good technique. Next up, you noticed, amid the many sloggers, a man with crisp drives and solid punches. Then came his fielding: energetic, enthusiastic and near perfect. A bonus perhaps was his really useful offspin. All in all, here was the complete package.

But five years down the line, Rohit Sharma hasn't played a single Test, is not a permanent fixture in the ODI playing XI and is, if he is indeed picked, a floater in the batting order. Plenty of opportunities have come his, more often than not he has failed to cash in on them. The accusations levelled against him are being irresponsible, poor running, and throwing his wicket away in tight circumstances. If Rohit takes a reality check he will probably see himself going nowhere.

I agree I've been a little too harsh on him, for he has had his moments of sheer brilliance. Right up from his debut during the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup through the Australia ODI series, right down to his recent century in the IPL, each and every one of those rare innings were gems, characterised by gorgeous shots. His shortcoming, however, lies in his inability to do it time and again, something the other batsman in his league (the likes of Virat Kohli) do, day in, day out. Far too many chances have been given away and in all probability they will dwindle. One of my personal favourites, an incredible talent, Rohit Sharma must do all it takes to keep himself from going off the radar.

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  • Anonymous on July 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Dont bash Rohit Sharma. He has done well enough. His innings in IPL where he got a hundred was sublime - the fast paced overseas bowlers were taken to the cleaners more like what Yuvi does. It left the commentators of game wondering.

  • Subash Kavalloor on June 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Rohit is a great talent. Only thing when he gets a chance he should make use of it. Whenever he reaches a 90 he should think he is playing for self and score a Century. Once this is done, everything will become easier for him. Hope he has more luck next time.

  • Nitin on June 27, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    See the performance of Indian players in the last two year i.e. from 2010 to till date (ODI): Sehwag avg is 41, Rohit avg is 41, Raina 34 , Jadeja 27, Yuvi 41, Y Pathan 31, Gambhir 45. I hope everyone get the point who is consistent and who is not. Rohit has been performing very consistency in the last 2-3 years better than his earlier years. So this is the right time to give him chance in test team too.

  • Arup on June 18, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Rohit is the most talented, yet frustrating to watch individuals India have ever produced. He oozes talent, and I would go as far as to say he is more talented than Kohli, but why is he nowhere near the Kohli we know and love now? Simple - Kohli works tremendously hard, and has a fantastic attitude. Rohit, can sometimes be lazy and big headed. He is still the future of Indian cricket. I can see him at 4 and Kohli at 5, but he needs to be performing for India in all forms, and not just turning up for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The innings he played against KKR this year, just showed the world how immensely talented he is, but why cannot he do that on a regular basis? He does however look fitter and stronger so let's see if he has finally turned a corner

  • paritosh mishra on June 17, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    rohit no doubt gotta have matured skills as of other cricketing giants sachin, dravid, etc.he has all kind of shots as legends would explain but he lacks temperamement.we all are well known of fact that temperament is more important than skills. MS dhoni proved it by all values. raina too is irresponsible one.rohit might gain such values from test matches as no luck factor is required there.. purely a skillful version.he is a failure in ODI.one more thing i would like to quote here that his shot selection is not good and he executes his shots a bit late esp. on the spinners and often prone to LBWs.should have a fast hand like kohli does.its about his reflexes.he has to curb on with his temperament to cement himself in the india squad

  • Anand on June 14, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    The best way to judge Rohit is to give him frequent chance in tests which he havent got yet. Many times a player looks avg in domestic or any other level. But shines strongly at higher international level. Infact he keep something reserved at international level. So many examples....Sir Garfield Sobers, Virendra Sehewag, Ravi Shatri, Kevin Peterson etc etc..... Sehewag was questioned on his debue at SA. But he sparked like nothing. Even Dhoni himself. He gave his highest performance at international level only. So lets try Rohit in tests. All critics, thoughts are coming after observing him last 5 years. So friends let judge him at tests also. New Zeland series should be perfect judgement for the players like Rohit. If he performs, well India will get a fantastic player. If he fails , lets go for other option......

  • Balaji Krishnamurthy on June 13, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    He seems to be finally making the commitment. But he needs to do a lot more. He needs to score big, real big and make it count. He also needs to seriously work on his body.

  • ali bajan on June 13, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    oh and one more thing..

    it is very uneducated and uninformed to comment about someone's ODI average without considering thier batting position ...

    if one was to compare the averages of ALL batting positions of ALL players combined ...

    One would find that Numbers 1-3 are the only postions where it is possible to average higer than 40...

    Chanderpaul and Bevan are posibly the best ODI bastmen ever becasue they have high averages batting 5-8 .... at least 10 runs higher than the average for the batting position...

  • jay T on June 12, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Rohit is exceptionally talented but has wasted lots of opportunities especially at international level. He reminds me of Vinod Kambli, another exceptional bombay batsman who lost his way after super start to his international career. Rohit has had his moments, he has been at big stage for close to 5 years now and played almost 80/100 ODI's, no mean accomplishment, yet we see him as a new comer. I think his time has come and gone although I would love to see him do well for India. Excellent article. This is a make or break year for Rohit, many youngsters are knocking on the door and chances need to be given to them, not 80 but may be 10 ODI's for new kids showing good prospects (e.g. Unmukt).

  • hunk k surat on June 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I Agree that Rohit has been over criticized at times. I mean when you look at mediocre players like Raina, Jadeja (he is the worst of all players, bowls a but, bats only against dibly dobly bowlers and very good fielder) and Yusuf. Rohit, does at times gives away his wicket. He needs to put a price on his wicket. He has positive attitude, great talent but I think lacks consistency. He can only gain that from being a constant in Indian team. I think he is a great player needs some discipline and assurance. This is little out of the context here but for allrounder selectors must reconsider Irfan pathan. He is as bad bowlers as is Jadeja but way better batsmen than him. Can play quicks and spin equally well.

  • Anonymous on July 4, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Dont bash Rohit Sharma. He has done well enough. His innings in IPL where he got a hundred was sublime - the fast paced overseas bowlers were taken to the cleaners more like what Yuvi does. It left the commentators of game wondering.

  • Subash Kavalloor on June 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Rohit is a great talent. Only thing when he gets a chance he should make use of it. Whenever he reaches a 90 he should think he is playing for self and score a Century. Once this is done, everything will become easier for him. Hope he has more luck next time.

  • Nitin on June 27, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    See the performance of Indian players in the last two year i.e. from 2010 to till date (ODI): Sehwag avg is 41, Rohit avg is 41, Raina 34 , Jadeja 27, Yuvi 41, Y Pathan 31, Gambhir 45. I hope everyone get the point who is consistent and who is not. Rohit has been performing very consistency in the last 2-3 years better than his earlier years. So this is the right time to give him chance in test team too.

  • Arup on June 18, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Rohit is the most talented, yet frustrating to watch individuals India have ever produced. He oozes talent, and I would go as far as to say he is more talented than Kohli, but why is he nowhere near the Kohli we know and love now? Simple - Kohli works tremendously hard, and has a fantastic attitude. Rohit, can sometimes be lazy and big headed. He is still the future of Indian cricket. I can see him at 4 and Kohli at 5, but he needs to be performing for India in all forms, and not just turning up for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. The innings he played against KKR this year, just showed the world how immensely talented he is, but why cannot he do that on a regular basis? He does however look fitter and stronger so let's see if he has finally turned a corner

  • paritosh mishra on June 17, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    rohit no doubt gotta have matured skills as of other cricketing giants sachin, dravid, etc.he has all kind of shots as legends would explain but he lacks temperamement.we all are well known of fact that temperament is more important than skills. MS dhoni proved it by all values. raina too is irresponsible one.rohit might gain such values from test matches as no luck factor is required there.. purely a skillful version.he is a failure in ODI.one more thing i would like to quote here that his shot selection is not good and he executes his shots a bit late esp. on the spinners and often prone to LBWs.should have a fast hand like kohli does.its about his reflexes.he has to curb on with his temperament to cement himself in the india squad

  • Anand on June 14, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    The best way to judge Rohit is to give him frequent chance in tests which he havent got yet. Many times a player looks avg in domestic or any other level. But shines strongly at higher international level. Infact he keep something reserved at international level. So many examples....Sir Garfield Sobers, Virendra Sehewag, Ravi Shatri, Kevin Peterson etc etc..... Sehewag was questioned on his debue at SA. But he sparked like nothing. Even Dhoni himself. He gave his highest performance at international level only. So lets try Rohit in tests. All critics, thoughts are coming after observing him last 5 years. So friends let judge him at tests also. New Zeland series should be perfect judgement for the players like Rohit. If he performs, well India will get a fantastic player. If he fails , lets go for other option......

  • Balaji Krishnamurthy on June 13, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    He seems to be finally making the commitment. But he needs to do a lot more. He needs to score big, real big and make it count. He also needs to seriously work on his body.

  • ali bajan on June 13, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    oh and one more thing..

    it is very uneducated and uninformed to comment about someone's ODI average without considering thier batting position ...

    if one was to compare the averages of ALL batting positions of ALL players combined ...

    One would find that Numbers 1-3 are the only postions where it is possible to average higer than 40...

    Chanderpaul and Bevan are posibly the best ODI bastmen ever becasue they have high averages batting 5-8 .... at least 10 runs higher than the average for the batting position...

  • jay T on June 12, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Rohit is exceptionally talented but has wasted lots of opportunities especially at international level. He reminds me of Vinod Kambli, another exceptional bombay batsman who lost his way after super start to his international career. Rohit has had his moments, he has been at big stage for close to 5 years now and played almost 80/100 ODI's, no mean accomplishment, yet we see him as a new comer. I think his time has come and gone although I would love to see him do well for India. Excellent article. This is a make or break year for Rohit, many youngsters are knocking on the door and chances need to be given to them, not 80 but may be 10 ODI's for new kids showing good prospects (e.g. Unmukt).

  • hunk k surat on June 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    I Agree that Rohit has been over criticized at times. I mean when you look at mediocre players like Raina, Jadeja (he is the worst of all players, bowls a but, bats only against dibly dobly bowlers and very good fielder) and Yusuf. Rohit, does at times gives away his wicket. He needs to put a price on his wicket. He has positive attitude, great talent but I think lacks consistency. He can only gain that from being a constant in Indian team. I think he is a great player needs some discipline and assurance. This is little out of the context here but for allrounder selectors must reconsider Irfan pathan. He is as bad bowlers as is Jadeja but way better batsmen than him. Can play quicks and spin equally well.

  • sharad on June 12, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    I think Rohit is a good Odi player on the other hand has't got chance in test to prove his ability ,talent is there but has to give him some more time, he has done good in recent past in all the formats,won't be easy after yuvi gets into the side so just wish him for good luck....

  • sharad on June 12, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I think Rohit is a good Odi player on the other hand has't got chance in test to prove his ability ,talent is there but has to give him some more time, he has done good in recent past in all the formats,won't be easy after yuvi gets into the side so just wish him for good luck....

  • Satya Garapati on June 12, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I don't agree with Deepika Ravi. Rohit has found his way for the past one year. He did decently well in Aus ODIs, Asia Cup and IPL. He scored 94 in the first test against WI A and had picked up some wickets. What more do you expect from him? He should be given a decent run in test matches and he is sure to succeed.

  • dale on June 12, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt that the talent possessed by Rohit is second to none in the Indian team... a first class average of 63 is truly exceptional and deserves a couple of chances in the test team... but i believe he hasn't learnt any thing from his mistakes... in around 80 ODIs, we have seen the same story, a couple of imperious drives followed by an irresponsible slog gifting his wicket away... unless he learns to be responsible and put a price on his wicket, i dont think he should be picked for the ODI team..

  • akshay on June 12, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    yeh,i agree you partially,bcoz rohit is such a class player who waste his talent,when needed he did not showed his class rather thrown his wicket away.i am big fan of his batting but many times he thrown me in sadness and i was just emotionally broken. in play-off ipl versus csk what kind of shot he was attempting to get out,let me remind you that was first delivery of that over. you should put some weight on ur wicket rather than throwing away. hey rohit we expect a lot from you. you are genius need to have temperament and self-confidence.

  • Akbar Birbal on June 12, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    there is a saying that success should not go in one's head and failure should not go in ones heart. Rohit sharma has lost it because he is not focused on his game,the other attraction outside cricket glitz and glamours parties ads...we have seen few patches of brilliance here and there but that too not often.Probably he should take a leaf out of kohli's book and raise his game oe else there are good crop players waiting in the wings to replace him not only from the playing 11 but from the full squad of 15.

  • Phani on June 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I don't know about the timing of this article. However, Rohit Sharma seems to be a person who doesn't inspire on the field. Even though he picked a blinder on the field, his body language hardly motivates others. It looks like, it just happened. To me, an inspiring guy can really inspire whole lot of players. Apart from his stats, he doesn't look like a person standing from the front & fighting for success.

  • Phani on June 12, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I don't know about the timing of this article. However, Rohit Sharma seems to be a person who doesn't inspire on the field. Even though he picked a blinder on the field, his body language hardly motivates others. It looks like, it just happened. To me, an inspiring guy can really inspire whole lot of players. Apart from his stats, he doesn't look like a person standing from the front & fighting for success.

  • padam on June 12, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    He deserves place only in test side as his first class record is superb where he still waiting opportunity and unnecessarily he was given chances in odi even though his list A career record is very ordinary.... Its only the mistake of selectors overall he still waiting for a real opportunity.... List A batting avg: 35 ODI batting avg: 33 what else can u expect.. he had done fair enough seeing his List A ability of last 140 matches... He can never be consistent which his List A career speaks very well... First class batting avg: 63 and still awaiting a chance.... so its the mistake of selectors only... no need to create news unnecessarily.... Lol

  • Sid on June 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    The last couple of posts by Ashik and Hari Ravi is possibly the best comment made on the article and on Rohit Sharma for that matter. Its amazing how short sighted people are when looking the various formats and also looking at the IPL. Performances in the IPL and the domestic level dont always translate to international performance. Rohit Sharma is a more an heir to Graeme Hick than he is to a Tendulkar. Stats dont always say everything but lets look anyway: In 75 ODI innings he has gone beyond 50 - 16 times. Taking into account the fact that he bats down the order at 5 or 6, these figures are still shocking! Time is up and we need to move on to others that should be getting a chance. As defending champions at the next WorldCup we need to put up the best team we can...Rohit has already shown us what he CANT do and that is play at the top level with consistency.

  • Nisar on June 12, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Rohit is a better player than the likes of Raina, Tiwary, Rahane, Pujara, Yusuf and even Kohli. So I think he should have been an India test regular. He deserve that respect.

  • Mano on June 12, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Even Rohith Sharma, who I admire a lot and one who has great talents, will totally agree with what the writer has said above. How many more year does Rohith need to prove himself??? The answer is blowing in the wind. This article is also aplicable to Abhinav Mukund like players too......... If your dreams are to come true, you got to Wake up Rohith!!!!!

  • Jagan on June 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Rohit is undoubtedly the most talented young batsman India has seen for a long time. He's clearly ahead of Raina & Kohli in technique, timing and range of shots (not slogs). The main and only problem has been his temperament, which he's definitely improved at, off late. Considering the amount and type of chances provided in ODIs, his average of 33 is at least decent. It'd be unfair to compare him with Kohli who bats higher up the order. But Rohit seriously needs to value his wicket more, he's someone who almost every time gets out with Flashy drives or Chasing Wides or Heavy slogs. Strange for someone with a first class Triple and an average of 63+ (Only Rahane ahead)

  • Tim on June 12, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    A first class average of 63 and he is yet to play a test. That doesn't sound like a heap of opportunities. His List A average is only 35, while his ODI average is 33. Seemingly he is being judged on his suitability for Test cricket based on One day performances rather than First Class performances. That is just unfair, the two formats are completely different and the game is littered with players who struggled in one format but excelled in the other.

  • Hari Ravi on June 12, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Rohit is in the same league as Sivaramakrishnan, Maninder Singh, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sadanand Vishwanath, Vinod Kambli. All very exceptional talents but lost their way despite given many chances. I think the lack of passion for success is the reason for these talents to fade away. We have a Suresh Raina slowly going the same way. It is not that these people are loners. They come in pairs but fail to emulate the others. Kambli and Sachin came together, Rohit, Raina and Virat Kohli all came almost together. Only Sachin & Kohli showed the determination to be consistant. Rohit is Dhoni's favourite. How long will Dhoni shield him? When the likes of Pujara, Tiwari, Rahane are knocking at the door, keeping Rohit in the team will be very difficult and doing injustice to the others. I think Rohit should be given a couple of chances at the test level and if he does not prove himself, should be dumped from all formats. It is unfortunate but harsh decisions need to be taken for the sake of the team

  • vamsi yellapu on June 12, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Its not fair to blame rohit without giving him a chance in playing test cricket.Because its neither t20 nor odi cricket which decribes the complete potential of a player,and its test cricket does it. unless he plays test cricket you cannot comment on him.

  • ashik on June 12, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    No doubt. It's now or never for this kid. Some have loads of talent or claim to have, but it's performance that really matters. Rohit reminds me of Hick and Ramprakash of England.

  • sudhir on June 11, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    My personal slection for the immediate series in India shld be for TESTS :Gauti+ Shewag , Rahane, Sachin, Virat, Pujara, Dhoni, Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Zak, Rahul Sharma.For ODIs-Sachin + Shewag, Gauti, Virat,Rohit, Raina, Dhoni,Ashwin,Umesh Yadav,Zak,Rahul Sharma. T20s: Shewag + Gauti, Rahane, Virat, Raina, Rohit, Dhoni, Ashwin, Umesh Yadav,Zak or Irfan Pathan,Piyush Chawla.

  • Shakeel Shaikh on June 11, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Rohit is class talent,he needs to cash in chances given to him wonderfull player to watch when he is in full flow wish him all the luck.

  • Vin on June 11, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is an over-rated player. Does NOT deserve to be in the ODI, Test or T20 team. He has played close to 100 ODIs and is still to prove himself. The BCCI should now invest in other players like Pujara in tests and Rahane in ODIs and discard Rohit Sharma. He has the talent but lacks the temperament to perform at the international level.

  • Aditya on June 11, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Right player for the wrong format. His list A average is not that good still he is being picked for ODIs again and again. In FC Cricket he has done well at every level, for Mumbai, on countless A tours etc. Still he is waiting for Test debut. If he is not going to get a good run in Tests , it's going to be a sheer stupidity of highest order.

    On the other hand, for ODIs I'd say he has done reasonably well in the last 12 months. Remember he has won us dead games from no hope situations against WI. He played a good supportive role to Kohli in Asia cup game against Pakistan. In T20s he is our top batsman, record-wise after GG,yuvi and Raina, almost as good as MSD. Has won us numerous games.

    Sometimes it's good we not single out players we have high hopes from. Its unfair to compare him to Kohli. Check record in the last 12 months the games they have played together.

  • Pappu on June 11, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    The problem with him is his consistency. He may be a great player with strong technique with strong domestic record but when it comes to International cricket he definitely lacks temperament and consistency. Many guys argue that he bats at middle order and he did not get many chances to prove. I would say that as a youngster looking to hold his opportunity he has to prove time and again with the limited chances given. Examples of youngsters grabbing the chances with limited opportunities were Yuvraj and Kohli. They had given match winning performances and some unbelievably single handed performances. But Rohit lacks that definitely.

  • kamaldeep on June 11, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Everybody here is criticizing this article,but we cant deny the fact that rohit sharma has not delivered to his potential when we consider the 5 year span of his cricket.This has been a problem with the indian system,we have seen many player promising but not delivering, young player doing well at under 19s and 17s but not delivering the same goods at top level.We can give many such names raydu,sodhi,uthappa,kartik,pathan,jhunjhunwala,kaif even yuvraj is still to prove himself at test level. some how we are unable to nurture young talent.i think we put a lot of spotlight on young cricketers and somehow they are just not ready for that.a bit of success and talks of next sachin ,kapil ,gavaskar goes around .this puts a lot of pressure on them.few players might also take success for granted.only few players could bear this and still survive. i hope kohli doesnt fell victim to this system.We need to change this.but question is how?

  • Ganesh on June 11, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Rohit sharma is undoubtedly a great talent of indian cricket..the thing he is lacking is temperament.he has got talent and technique and all the shots in the book...as far as test match is concerned he is the one who can replace any of the senior players in the squad.....and he is not lucky enough...getting injusries at the wrong time..hope he cums gud at this tour..

  • B S Kumar on June 11, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma had 25% of Raina's intensity and work ethic, he would not be getting out to stupid balls. His talent is there for everyone to see - he can pick off balls like no other can, and he can switch gears without effort, but he can't seem to sink his teeth into the opposition very often. It is also unfair to criticize Raina on tours when hardly any Indian batsmen shone, except Kohli to some extent. Raina's career has been built around explosive lower middle order hitting, and he's done that remarkably well, and is more suited naturally to ODIs and T20s. Rohit on the other hand is having to step into rather illustrious positions that put a lot of pressure on anyone. I'm not sure if he is that clear in his head about what he wants of himself. All comparisons being somewhat unfair, Raina is the only Indian batsman to have scored a century in all three formats. He also knows to keep his mouth shut and work hard. So stop passing judgment on him.

  • Anonymous on June 11, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    He needs a bit of guidance by seniors. He is talented and has a decent average too. Chappell's have commented on his abilities before. His batting style reminds me of Yuvi - only right handed bat. Rahane has been guided by Dravid. Kohli has done everything on his own. Pujara can be the next wall.

  • Vanarp on June 11, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Sharma has shown his class in little bits,unlike another famous player of the same age virat kohli. Unless if he really knuckles down it seems unlikely he will be a part of indias test 11. With pujara coming good against the west indies A team Sharmas talent will be tested

  • Shrikant on June 11, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Yes, He has certainly lost his way. No doubt he is a talented cricketer but talent is not the only criteria. He got to show some discipline and intent. Look at the way he throws away his wicket in almost every single match. He got some 70+ ODI games and he still not able to score consistently. Also his problem is that he looks very ordinary in early part of his innings. He is very slow(just doing dead defence)in scoring in early part of his innings which in today's high scoring standard very self destructive. His slowness in scoring puts lots of pressure on him as well as on other batsmen. This is the reason you see batting collapse most often when Rohit is on crease. I see lots of people comparing Rohit with Raina. But in my opinion Raina is very good cricketer than Rohit although he is not playing good enough from last couple of series. Raina has played lot of match winning innings for India. How many such innings have Rohit played just 1/2 probably. He needs to show more intent.

  • L.Rakesh on June 11, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    i think rohith is an extra ordinary player. he is definitely sachin successor from mumbai and india.main reason for his failure is he is being put under pressure even if fails in one match and he is hence totally carried away by this.raina who easily gets caught for the short delivery.but rohith is a very good player of the short delivery.raina,vijay,badrinath,got test caps but not rohith.i am sure that if rohithgets a test place ,his consistency in the odi's will improve. hope he will be selected in coming newzealand tour.

  • Siva on June 11, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Too many young and talented players are waiting for their chances, common Rohit you got briliant technique and temparament but it requires immediate and consistent success to be became a regular memeber of Indian team.

  • Krishnan on June 11, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    There are several young guns In India that are as talented as Rohit but never got as many chances than he had. Time to move on.

  • Yuva on June 11, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Rohit will die with the tag - "Most talented batsman in India"

  • mohan kamble on June 11, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    i think rohit is better player than any other youngsters, but,we give him some enough chance to perform

  • Pari on June 11, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    dont understand why cricinfo picks only on Rohit everytime .He was Mom with both the ODI series vs WI last yr ,home n away, didnt get many chances on Aussie tour but scored well in one out of two innings in Asia cup & again did quite well in IPL, now has been handy with both bat n ball in WI -A tour .If he has lost so many chances then what about Raina and Jadeja? Raina couldnt hold his place in test squad and barring couple of knocks against Eng and WI in home series he has been struggling throughout.Jadeja hasnt done absolutely anything apart from fielding on int ground since aussie tour. Or all well when players hired by CSK???If Rohit gets regular run in team and get a chance to bat up the order he can rock, he has shown that.Its unfair to pick only on him and ignore others' failures

  • joseph on June 11, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    Rohit is classy than Kohli, but it is kohli who took more prize to his wicket and suceeded in all the opportunities(A kind of Yuvraj in responsibility).

  • jimbond on June 11, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    He is a good batsman with most of the shorts, and very pleasing to watch. Its the selectors who have lost their way- Rohit has never got a chance to play tests where he could have developed the most. Let him play a few tests, and then if he plays, people can write articles on him.

  • Saurabh samir on June 10, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    excuse like rohit plays down the order won't work since batsmen playing there usually have higher average since moreoften they remain notout(bevan,dhoni). But u can't write off a batsmen with good technique(dravid/rahane). They can always mould there game or slight modifications can make them fit for all cause(Test/1day/20-20).So we should persist with them. Not with players like vijay,Raina or, jadeja(all csk/TN favorite) Raina averages less than 20 in away games. I am sure future will see players like pujara,rahane,manoj and rohit cementing there place in indian team.

  • Rahul on June 10, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    To succeed anywhere u do need talent but that is always secondary.First u need to be dedicated and courageous to achive the success.Rohit is talented but he never seems to be dedicated and looks very lazy in his approach.Raina is not as talented as Rohit but far more dedicated while batting,bowling or fielding.He is there only because he comes from Mumbai.I think he should not be given chances until and unless he shows his desire to success .

  • Anonymous on June 10, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    he is next rahul dravid

  • pratik on June 9, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    he is god. have watched him play in front of my eyes. u all know nothin abt him there is some problem in his life which he does not want to share wit anyone thats y sometimes he loses his way

  • agnelo on June 9, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    Yes rohit has failed in his cricket caree time and again inspite of giving him so many opportunities , out of 10 inning he come good in only 2 which is poor he should introspect his game very seriouly or like sanjay manjerkar he too will vanish playing or few matche for india i trully agree with Ravi regarding rohit

  • gopal shastry on June 9, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think Rohit got numerous chances and it is high time others are given similar opportunity.Robin Uthappa never got same number of chances and he is equally good at least for one dayers and 20-20 cricket.

    We have a Great Exciting Talent and let us look atothers.Enough is enough.

  • Pad on June 9, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    For those who consider Rohit s average in ODIs to be too low, check the average of Yuvi after 85 matches. Yuvi s average is similar to Rohit. And both bat in somewhat similar position.

  • M.Sivakumar on June 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Once I described Rohit as the right handed Lara and I got sarcastic laughs as response. I wish he does justice to his talent.

  • balaji on June 9, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a kind of player you can get him early on where he always has initial hiccups, but when his well set, he is a delight to watch. Much akin to Vengsarkar. His Test temperament is still to be tested.

  • Vijay Krish on June 9, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Had he not from Mumbai, he would have been thrown out a long before. He is in the team with Sachin's backing and i'm sure he doesnt have that temperament to succeed at the International level. He is a perfect Domestic player though.. Dont have that x factor to succeed at the biggest level.

    Coming back to Suresh Raina, he might not be as talented as a Pujara or Rahane or the over hyped Rohit Sharma but Raina is hardworking and his brutal hitting is very much needed for India at the moment to support Dhoni specially in the absence of Yuvi. So no point in criticizing him for Rohit's failures. Inface Rohit has been given more chances to prove himself..

    Now its time to try out players like Rahane and Puraja for the longer run.. Kohli, Rahane, Pujara, Raina the future looks bright for India. Though we are yet to find a perfect replacement for Dhoni. I know he still has 3 or 4 years left in him but its not easy for aged wicket keepers.. I'm sure Dhoni will groom Kohli as our future Captain.

  • George on June 9, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Rohit has been given plenty of chances. He does not deliver when it matters for the team. He seems more intense while playing IPL like gambhir. Both Gambhir and Rohit will fade out sooner than expected.

  • Jiwan on June 9, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Agreed with Mohit, Raina is a better player in my opinion.

  • Venky on June 9, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    It is funny to read some of the comments accusing TN/CSK team members being preferred. At one time, it was the accusation against Delhi , Bombay, Baroda, Karnataka players. Folks like Ravi Shastri who got their Test Cap before being really tested. And persisted. Guys like TA Sekar, T E Srinivasan, V Sivaramakrishnan, VV Kuamr are few who come to mind. Though the argument against Murali, Mukund has some merit - it is Indian Board's mindset. They can never question a Sachin, Gavaskar, Kapil, Dravid, Ganguly where as other boards can question a Ponting, Gayle. The problem is not the player - the problem is board's fear of dislodging the "marketable" players

  • Nampally on June 9, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    If Rohit was tipped to be Tendulkar's successor why was he not included even in a single Test in 5 years? It is totally unfair to criticise him when he was not given a single chance. In Australia, he should have been included in at least one test especially when Laxman was a total failure. In ODI's he is included irregularly but comes way down in batting order & has to slog.If he is to succeed Sachin, he should bat #4. Secondly, Rohit needs to treat ODI as a 50 over match not 20 overs one.He needs to be patient & keep his agression under control till he plays himself in.I would like to see Pujara captaining India in Tests instead of Dhoni with Kohli, Pujara & Rohit batting # 3,4,5.Also India should play with an off spinner & a leg spinner+ 2 Fast bowlers + One seamer all rounder. That is the balance needed & Dhoni never cared about it!.

  • Nitin S. Rawat on June 8, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Contd.. Despite performing consistently well in Domestic cricket, doing great in the last 1.5 years on the Int'l arena, and being in sublime form before the Australian and English tours, he was not considered good enough to be a part of the side that kept on losing Tests one after other (8 Tests), while the Old horses were given chances again and again, leaving all the parties(Fans, Rohit and the Old Horses themselves) ashamed. A good idea would be to give Rohit a fresh start by making him an obvious pick in the next Test Series against New Zealand and giving him a longer run in the Test Side. He's the only one who, in a general sense, looks like replacing the current number 4. Pujara and Kohli can perfectly fit in at 3 and 5 respectively.

    Let's hope the selectors and the captain learn to manage talents like Ishant, Irfan and Rohit; the fans too deserve a say, after all.

  • Nitin S. Rawat on June 8, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Rohit is undoubtedly the most talented young batsman India has seen for a long time. He's clearly ahead of Raina & Kohli in technique, timing and range of shots (not slogs). The main and only problem has been his temperament, which he's definitely improved at, off late. Considering the amount and type of chances provided in ODIs, his average of 33 is at least decent. It'd be unfair to compare him with Kohli who bats higher up the order. But Rohit seriously needs to value his wicket more, he's someone who almost every time gets out with Flashy drives or Chasing Wides or Heavy slogs. Strange for someone with a first class Triple and an average of 63+ (Only Rahane ahead) One more problem is the confidence shown by the captain in Rohit. Raina, Kohli and even Jadeja (damn !!) have clearly been preferred to Rohit no matter what. Pity him and Cricket, we all have seen this youngster's confidence nosediving. Rohit can definitely take a leaf out of Virat's book of Self-belief and Confidence.

  • Joel on June 8, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    I dont think this article is funny or timing isn't right. If we fail to accept that Rohit hasn't shown his worth in international area, then we have to be sorry. In 75 innings at a meagre average of 33.75, I fail to understand why is he hyped so match. And not every players gets 80 ODI's and I guess he has been given a decent run inspite of poor form (something to do with Mumbai). He could have the technique, talent, recommendations.. but he has to score runs consistently. So it would have been better if the tiwary's, badrinath's, pandey's are given a long run instead of a guy from Mumbai! And sorry if he failed to make a mark in this run when Dhoni coming at no. 6 can have an average of 50+ in ODI. Still if we have to blindly support Rohit we can. But I guess atleast the selectors are more clear!

  • ShivaCT on June 8, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    If you do want to give Rohit a fair chance at proving himself, take out the other player who has been given more than a fair share and replace him with Rohit. An "R" for an "R" I say. Or, replace Raina with Rohit, and give Rohit the same extended run offered to Raina. Chances are, Indian cricket will be well-served by both of them in the long run but, for now, I personally don't think he has been given enough opportunities to prove himself. From, a true "Indian" cricket fan - not a regional supporter, and with no bias for North, West, South, East, or Central.

  • Prabhakar on June 8, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    With Rohit it is a question of being disciplined. He has to take a look at the examples of MS Dhoni and Umesh Yadav, players who came from small towns, but were willing to work hard. The IPL showed the difference in discipline between cricketers. You just needed to take a look at the arms of a Du Plesi or a Ten Doeschate , or the abs of a veteran like Mike Hussey and compare them to Rohit Sharma's. Barely in his early twenties he has a paunch and that too for a sportsman. That tells the story. Talent alone is not enough. Temperament is what is important Rohit.

  • Bebeto on June 8, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    "Far too many chances have been given away and in all probability they will dwindle." Yes, that's a perfect word. India has been doing this for years - backing wrong horses for too long = Vengsarkar, Kambli, Agarkar, Ishant, Sreesanth, Yuvi and now Rohit. Many talented cricketers could not get inside because of this favoritism.

  • Anirban on June 8, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I disagree with the author. Rohit is a superb talent and must be nurtured properly. It is really painful to see players like Raina being persisted with time and again despite the fact that they are more suited to the 20 over game. I think if he gets a reasonable run in the test team, he will establish himself in the team and maybe even perform as well as the more flamboyant Virat Kohli.

  • Sameer Goswami on June 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Its not always about scoring big. He has done a lot for the team and he has been asked time and again to bat up and down. You can't rule him out for just because he did not get much opportunities in the tests. Let him play a few more tests and then I am sure he will be in full bloom. I don't remember which senior cricketer said that. but the words were, "He has all the time in the world to hit a fast bowler effortlessly for a six just as like Inzamam". And per me, this is a very big complement. Give him some time guys. He will surely come good!!

  • Jay on June 8, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Rohit is an above average player in all formats. The batting talent in India is not so formidable. Rohit will have many more chances.

  • Gautam on June 8, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Rohit has FC average of 63 - higher than almost everyone including Kohli (50), Pujara (54), Mukund (56), Badri (60), Tiwari (60), and of course lesser batsman (but TN/CSK favorites) like Raina (43) and Vijay (48). You can't be lazy,lacking temperament... etc. and yet have superior stats than others that are presumably hard-working and other positives - that too in longer version of the game. His ODI average is 33 is NOT significantly lower than Raina (35) or even Gauti and Yuvi(37) - yet these players are considered a "success" while Rohit "wasted chances". The real question to ask is why was he got given test breaks earlier while CSK/TN players like Vijay, Raina, Mukund got immediate test breaks (and of course they failed). How is it that Dhoni could not find a place in even one test for Rahane in entire Aussie tour, while Raina played all 4 tests in England? I will bet even Jadeja and S. Aniruddha will get test cap sooner than Rahane, Rohit or Tiwary.

  • Cyjunkie on June 8, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    It is unfair to compare him with Virat Kohlis current form. Kohli is going through a purple patch and the real test begins after that. All batsmen/bowlers go through this phase (Raina, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Kaif etc). On Rohit, I think he will find opportunities knocking again in the coming seasons. We are far from having a settled lineup and there are voids that need to be filled. Hope Rohit's case doesn't turn out like Irfan Pathans.

  • ali bajan on June 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    ?????? Sharma is a poor ODI batsman, and an excellent longer version players..

    who many Test's has he played?

    His limited overs record does not deserve being put in ODI's to play for India,

    But I ask again, how many Tests has Rohit played ?

    lets be fair..

    Rohit Sharma has NOT been given a chance to prove himself as yet.

  • Mohit on June 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is a good player indeed and he has wasted his chances, on the other hand a person like Raina who has grabbed have his chances is likely to be the man in front of Rohit. They both are similar in the roles they do, but Rohit does not perform. Raina is a better package in batting, he can rebuild and slog. All importantly, Rohit should not get anymore chances and he will never be able to get into the Indian side after Yuvraj comes back.

  • itsthewayyouplay on June 8, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I'm afraid this article is plain nonsense. Any player needs a decent run in the team. Give him the same chance that that Tendulkar was given too score his combined 100 international centuries and that Sehwag is given despite his many failures. Even Kohli was given was given another chance on the Australian tour and showed promise after 2 series against WI where he suggested that perhaps he did not have what it takes. Rohit is a middle order batsmen and in the last 5 years with Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly there has been no room for him. Rohit has the ability, the only question is whether he has the temperament to succeed at test level. Replace Tendulkar with Rohit and give him the same run as Kohli and then we'll be a better position to assess his temperament. Unhelpful comments from possibly an armchair fan.

  • Aswin Sankaran on June 8, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Just recently he scored a 94 against West Indies A. The selectors have tried out mediocre players like raina ahead of him. Agreed he was unfit sometime ago, but last one year he has been brilliant in odis. It is not his fault that he hasnt been picked.

  • hitesh on June 8, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I agree with u that he has wasted many opportunities mainly because of his carelessness.But after the 2011 world cup (in which he was not part of) he looks completely changed like more temperament ,more fitter than before.Its not like he hasnt got many opportunities but he should also have a bit of luck.I am also a big fan of Rohit.Hope he sizzles in the coming years.He is just 25!!

  • Deepak on June 8, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I'm not so sure about the timing of this article. He did play well in the first Test vs WI A. He did well in the IPL, reasonably good in Asia Cup. Didn't get too many chances during the Australian tour. Has performed decently for India in ODIs last year.. What more do you expect from someone who bats at 4-5? Kohli bats in the top order and hence has enough time to play himself in and score big. Whereas guys like Rohit batting down the order have to go for the shots and don't have so much time to get used the conditions. Surprisingly Rohit has been blamed all the time but not people like Raina, Yusuf, Jadeja who have been playing in that lower middle order without consistent contributions.. Not the greatest of articles, sorry.

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  • Deepak on June 8, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I'm not so sure about the timing of this article. He did play well in the first Test vs WI A. He did well in the IPL, reasonably good in Asia Cup. Didn't get too many chances during the Australian tour. Has performed decently for India in ODIs last year.. What more do you expect from someone who bats at 4-5? Kohli bats in the top order and hence has enough time to play himself in and score big. Whereas guys like Rohit batting down the order have to go for the shots and don't have so much time to get used the conditions. Surprisingly Rohit has been blamed all the time but not people like Raina, Yusuf, Jadeja who have been playing in that lower middle order without consistent contributions.. Not the greatest of articles, sorry.

  • hitesh on June 8, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    I agree with u that he has wasted many opportunities mainly because of his carelessness.But after the 2011 world cup (in which he was not part of) he looks completely changed like more temperament ,more fitter than before.Its not like he hasnt got many opportunities but he should also have a bit of luck.I am also a big fan of Rohit.Hope he sizzles in the coming years.He is just 25!!

  • Aswin Sankaran on June 8, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Just recently he scored a 94 against West Indies A. The selectors have tried out mediocre players like raina ahead of him. Agreed he was unfit sometime ago, but last one year he has been brilliant in odis. It is not his fault that he hasnt been picked.

  • itsthewayyouplay on June 8, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I'm afraid this article is plain nonsense. Any player needs a decent run in the team. Give him the same chance that that Tendulkar was given too score his combined 100 international centuries and that Sehwag is given despite his many failures. Even Kohli was given was given another chance on the Australian tour and showed promise after 2 series against WI where he suggested that perhaps he did not have what it takes. Rohit is a middle order batsmen and in the last 5 years with Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly there has been no room for him. Rohit has the ability, the only question is whether he has the temperament to succeed at test level. Replace Tendulkar with Rohit and give him the same run as Kohli and then we'll be a better position to assess his temperament. Unhelpful comments from possibly an armchair fan.

  • Mohit on June 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma is a good player indeed and he has wasted his chances, on the other hand a person like Raina who has grabbed have his chances is likely to be the man in front of Rohit. They both are similar in the roles they do, but Rohit does not perform. Raina is a better package in batting, he can rebuild and slog. All importantly, Rohit should not get anymore chances and he will never be able to get into the Indian side after Yuvraj comes back.

  • ali bajan on June 8, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    ?????? Sharma is a poor ODI batsman, and an excellent longer version players..

    who many Test's has he played?

    His limited overs record does not deserve being put in ODI's to play for India,

    But I ask again, how many Tests has Rohit played ?

    lets be fair..

    Rohit Sharma has NOT been given a chance to prove himself as yet.

  • Cyjunkie on June 8, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    It is unfair to compare him with Virat Kohlis current form. Kohli is going through a purple patch and the real test begins after that. All batsmen/bowlers go through this phase (Raina, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Kaif etc). On Rohit, I think he will find opportunities knocking again in the coming seasons. We are far from having a settled lineup and there are voids that need to be filled. Hope Rohit's case doesn't turn out like Irfan Pathans.

  • Gautam on June 8, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Rohit has FC average of 63 - higher than almost everyone including Kohli (50), Pujara (54), Mukund (56), Badri (60), Tiwari (60), and of course lesser batsman (but TN/CSK favorites) like Raina (43) and Vijay (48). You can't be lazy,lacking temperament... etc. and yet have superior stats than others that are presumably hard-working and other positives - that too in longer version of the game. His ODI average is 33 is NOT significantly lower than Raina (35) or even Gauti and Yuvi(37) - yet these players are considered a "success" while Rohit "wasted chances". The real question to ask is why was he got given test breaks earlier while CSK/TN players like Vijay, Raina, Mukund got immediate test breaks (and of course they failed). How is it that Dhoni could not find a place in even one test for Rahane in entire Aussie tour, while Raina played all 4 tests in England? I will bet even Jadeja and S. Aniruddha will get test cap sooner than Rahane, Rohit or Tiwary.

  • Jay on June 8, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Rohit is an above average player in all formats. The batting talent in India is not so formidable. Rohit will have many more chances.

  • Sameer Goswami on June 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Its not always about scoring big. He has done a lot for the team and he has been asked time and again to bat up and down. You can't rule him out for just because he did not get much opportunities in the tests. Let him play a few more tests and then I am sure he will be in full bloom. I don't remember which senior cricketer said that. but the words were, "He has all the time in the world to hit a fast bowler effortlessly for a six just as like Inzamam". And per me, this is a very big complement. Give him some time guys. He will surely come good!!