India v England, 4th ODI, Mohali

Rohit needed this innings - Dhoni

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 23, 2013

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MS Dhoni has said Rohit Sharma's half-century in the fourth ODI against England was a timely innings and one that would give the batsman confidence after a succession of low scores at international level.

Rohit opened in India's chase of 258 and contributed significantly to India's series-clinching victory in Mohali. He made 83 off 93 deliveries in the five-wicket win.

"I am glad he scored runs because he is one of the most god-gifted talents that is around," Dhoni said after the game. "Of course an innings like this was very much needed for him. It will give him a lot of confidence and also time at the top level. Personally I am very happy for him."

Rohit had not played in the previous three ODIs against England, with India choosing to give Ajinkya Rahane a run in the side. But after several unconvincing performances, Rahane was left out and Rohit was asked to open for only the fourth time in his ODI career.

"We all felt he is someone who can be a really good opener, in the sense he cuts and pulls really well," Dhoni said. "Also, with two openers, you want one of them to be slightly more aggressive than the other. I think he accepted the challenge, he also felt he got into the side because Manoj [Tiwary] was unfit. So it was an opportunity for him. The good thing was he took it as a challenge."

Rohit anchored the first half of India's chase, forming half-century stands with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, before his dismissal in the 32nd over. When asked what might have happened had Rohit not performed today, Dhoni said it was a difficult question to answer. "It's very important to think and go in one direction, not only as coach and captain but also with the selectors because at the end of the day, mutually we decide who is the best available talent and you have to give those guys a bit of a rope.

"I don't know what would have happened if Rohit had not scored runs or in any other scenario. The best that we could have done was give him another chance in Dharamsala and then see, because we are not playing too many ODIs after that. We all felt he is very talented, he got an opportunity in the last series in Sri Lanka where he got a few good deliveries."

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Posted by Harmony111 on (January 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@Raj12345

Ref: "...He gives chance only to his frds..."

Really? Dinda, Bhuvnesh, Shami are in the team cos they are MSD's friends? Did MS play Pujara in the tests only cos he was his friend? Didn't MS play Chawla in WC league matches even when everyone wanted him to play Ashwin? Is Chawla in the team now? From Chalwa then to Ashwin now - you now say that he plays the likes of Ashwin cos they are his friends. Just how much more ridiculous can you get?

Pujara did play in tests and has to wait till a vacancy arises in the middle order of the team. But ppl like you list out 22 players that should play in the final 11 and start bashing Dhoni each time he tries 1 new player by saying he should have tried someone else or that he should have tried some more players instead of saying that yeah he did try this new player.

Ppl like you show no logic in except that you want to join the wagon that does Dhoni-bashing instead of being reasonable. Why do we have ppl like you among Ind fans?

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (January 26, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

It's all in the genes, Dhoni. There's nothing like god gifted talent. Why would god have such a special interest on one man among 6 billion humans? Rohit needs to do justice to his talent and try to be Rohit and not Nohit.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

It's a good thing that Rohit performed. But what about the other opener slot? Why can't we try Dhawan or Mukund there? Indian Selectors are living in the past - they need to think about the future. Sehwag and Gambhir are finished. Yuvraj looks jaded. Why not try Pujara, Tiwary, or Rayudu in his place? We need to find more pace bowlers because they are so injury prone. Why not give chances to top Ranji bowlers like Ishwar Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Imtiyaz Ahmed?

Posted by Raj12345 on (January 25, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

@Prats6 . You are 100% right. I am seeing this from Dhoni from past 4 years. He gives chance only to his frds. Like Raina, Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin. No new player can break into their frdship. Puraja has to wait until Dhoni quit, the same case with DK. DK is very good middle order and was fighting for middle order place along with Kohli, Raina, RG. But DK is been permanently out of sight. But other three given chances more and Kohli become very good now. But other 2, given more and more chances... but why not DK or why not Puraja now. We are forced to live with these.

Posted by IPSY on (January 25, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

alarky, I'm 100% in agreement with you. I don't know if Rohit is paying the price for being so highly rated by "a CHAPPELL"!

Posted by alarky on (January 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

rohitsinghverma, Sachin has so many more hurdles to jump over before he catches Bradman. "Rohit Sharma must be the most UNLUCKY batsman to have played for India". When seen in Australia in 2008, at the tender age of 20, everyone thought he was the best Indian batsman on tour barring Laxman. Ian Chappell rated him very highly. He impressed so much that there were calls for his permanent fixation in the India team - people were seeing for the first time since Gavascar and M. Armanath, an Indian batsman who was playing medium fast bowling just as good as any other world class batsman on fast bouncy pitches. India cricket ignored the calls and kept playing "Has Beens" - some out of form for nearly 4 CONSECUTIVE years! The events of 2008 to 2010 is now history which has benefitted a single individual; but now to the detriment of India cricket. That period in Sharma's career caused him to lose his confidence. But I still think if favoured like Tendulkar he could be India's best batsman ever.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 25, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

It's time to get rid of Tendulkar from tests. Let Rohit play in place of the non-performing Tendulkar in tests as well. It's also time to say goodbye to Sehwag and Gambhir. We have better openers in Dhawan, Mukund, Chand, Jaffer.

Posted by Temuzin on (January 25, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

I fully agree with Harmony 111. Dhoni is a gem who takes blame for others,

Posted by prasanna_79 on (January 25, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

Its really amazing to see that just after 3 failures rahane has been ditched and even after so many failures and obvious weaknesses in his technique against pace gambhir has been continued as an opener.. Y not try out pujara instead..?! Are the non-performing seniors undroppable in Indian setup..?! Also its really important to keep the India-A team very busy as well once the domestic season gets over.. Players like Jeewanjot singh,Dinesh Karthick ( as an opener ) ,Abhishek Nayar,S.Tiwary,R.Palliwal,S.Nadeem,V.Joshi,J.Saxena,I.Pandey,P.Awana,S.Kaul,P.Patel,Rohit Sharma,Rahane,M.Tiwary to name a few..,under M.Kaif's captaincy should be made to play in countries like S.Africa,England,Australia,Newzealand.. Give them equal chances n good performances in 3 or 4 day matches over there should be acknowledged and given chances in our test team.. Its time now to invest in youth and build a test team which can perform n shine during the tour of S.Africa..Act fast BCCI.. Come on India..!

Posted by Harmony111 on (January 24, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Time will tell what sort of career Rohit Sharma will have. That is still some years away. But as of now, the amount of backing Dhoni gives to his players even after all the world has given up on them is AMAZING. He gave support to even Ishant and I frankly had stopped thinking about him and had said that 2013 might be his last year in Intl cricket. But at least Ishant has shown some improvement now and is even bowling slower balls, wow. A lot of credit goes to Dhoni for this and although Rohit and Ishant still have to learn to be consistent if they do have long careers they will owe a lot of it to Dhoni.

Kirsten had said that he could go to war if Dhoni was by his side. He was absolutely correct. I would love to have someone like Dhoni as my manager if nothing else then for the sheer backing he gives to you when even you may be doubting yourself.

That's what a great leader is about. That's what a great friend is about. MSD - you are a gem of a leader, not just a captain.

Posted by tententen on (January 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

"rohit has the technique and skill to adapt to different conditions and wickets effectively" by dilip vengsarkar. to open the eyes of all nohit bashers. watch ind vs wi series 2011 home and away, you would never question his commitment

Posted by rohitsinghverma on (January 24, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Rohit is classy but please stop comparing him with great sir sachin tendulkar, no one can replace the master@mukesh_LOVE.cricket.......@SamRoy seems you are a novice, this is how u r going to develope a team by dropping all the players and bringing in new ones, no ways, and dont even think about replacing sachin and how can u use the word drop for sachin.He is the greatest ever, bigger than don bradman, show some respect for the nations hero.Sachin is way bigger than any player be it dhoni, yuvi, sehwag, pujara, rohit n kohli.Dont compare him with anyone, first these guys needs to become better players than saurav then vvs then dravid and then talk about sachin,its a long way to go for them.Sachin name needs to be taken with urmost respect, he is the hero and will remain so ever.

Posted by Dhanno on (January 24, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

I am glad he scored runs as he is one of the god gifted talents around and also one of my favorites and it was getting increasingly difficult to back him after a string of scores of 2,0,8,17,4,1,22,5,13,3 etc against good ODI opponents. Now based on this 83, I can back him to be in team for next 25 matches atleast, maybe get selected against AUS for test series ahead of rahane, Pujara etc. This charade of god-giftness was difficult to stretch all along, but you know with flat pitches and some ODIS against avg bowling attacks, Rohit should be fine. The problems will arise when we play against better teams in conditions which require to summon skills, but hell ya, until then I can go on and on about this amazing 83 runs scored by the god's gift to mankind.

Yours truly (well not really!), MS Dhoni.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (January 24, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

sooooooooooo

when is Rohit with a 1st class average of 61 ? going to play in a Test match ?

It is so sad,,,, Rohit has the ability to demolish all of Sacchin's Test records, if he could get 14 years of Test cricket (and about 120 tests) ..

Kholi is well on his way to breaking all of Sacchin's ODI records ......

Posted by Prats6 on (January 24, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

I am amazed how a single innings can change the perception of so many people. The number of chances Rohit has been given for the so called 'god-given-talent' is pathetic. We need to move on. We have players who work harder, treasure the Indian cap harder and are hungrier. As far as Rohit is concerned, just wait for the IPL and he will show his true colours after that. I hope though, for Indian crickets' and his own sake, he starts getting better.

Posted by RK.Chandru on (January 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Now that Rohit made some runs finally, he'll go on playing for India irrespective of his performance for another year or so. That's how Indian cricket runs. Different yardsticks for different players... `wish. Shikar Dhawan or M. Vijay is tried in place of Ghambir at least and wish, Ashwin is rested and another fresh, young spinner is tried in his place...

Posted by adisiva on (January 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

No one doubts Rohit Sharma's class - it is his heart that I question at least. It is not just about averages. I have been following cricket for a long time and compare him to others in India lineup who have had his kind of talent - Gavaskar, GR Visvanath etc. These two too came in at a young age into the test side, but always performed at the highest levels. GR in particular comes to me as the closest to Rohit in natural god-given talent. But if you look at GR's career, his average might be low compared to modern batsmen, but his heart and talent came together in particularly difficult situations so much so that he regarded by all that played against him at international level, rate him to be as good or better than Gavaskar. Rohit should show that kind of heart and his class will carry him long ways. He still has another 10+ years of good cricket left in him and can be a great one. Using him as opener is a smart idea and can only hope the selectors don't bump him around.

Posted by rkannancrown on (January 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Dhoni appears to have different standards for different players. Rohit Sharma. L needs to average around 60 with a strike rate of 100+ in the next 20 ODIs before his performance will justify his selection. Against this English attack, in more seamer friendly conditions, Vijay, Mukund & Dhawan got runs. Teams with few internationals knocked this English team about. The real tragedy is that Rohit got some runs as this means he will in the squad for another couple of years while other deserving candidates, including Rahane, are not given a fair chance.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 24, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Makes me laugh that Dhoni sees more potential in Rohit than Pujara. In test matches, the most important thing is defence (unless you are Sehwag but then again there is place for only one Sehwag in the test team and now truly there is no place for Sehwag as he is past his prime). When I saw Rohit in SA (in the only truly testing ODI series Indian batsman had played in the last 3-4 years) he looked much more loose than Kohli. Any observer will tell you Pujara (except for his compulsive hooking) is much more compact than Kohli. Defensive technique wise, Pujara > Kohli > Rohit Any way, these 3 are currently the three best batsmen in the country and must play in the test team. It's a travesty Rohit hasn't made his test debut. Drop Tendulkar, play Rohit against Australia. Simple Mantra. Oh and drop Sehwag and Gambhir and play Jiwanjot/Chand and Dhawan as well.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (January 24, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Finally our think tanks did something right ! i have always maintained that rohit should open in ODI , there is no use playing him iin 4 or 5th position , he will be an even bigger success in test cricket ,the best replacement for about to retire SRT

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (January 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Ok one innings against a second string English side and the captain starts praising. AMused to see people comparing Sachin and VVS at the same stage of their careers with Sharma. Even before 281 he played that 167 in AUS and played decently against Wasim,Waqar and Saqlain in the 3 test series. Rohit is just a domestic and minnow basher with selectors and captains backing. See how Kohli and Raina have developed by their performances than this guy. Harsha famously said "Talent gets you there, but attitude keeps you going" .

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (January 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

India seems to have turned the corner after a disastrous period after winning the World Cup in 2011.The ey seem to be getting a new crop of players who should serve them with distinction for some years and the retirement of the great old players may not be talked about too much.In pace after Zaheer, it is likely that Yadav and Aaron will be back to full fitness soon enough. Ishant seems to be very near his best in 2007.Shami and Bhuvaneshwar showed us how good they are and Ishwar Pandey is rearing in the stalls as they say in racing. Sandip Warrier the lanky tearaway from Kerala is said to be very promising. In spin, they have a very good off spinner in Vishal Joshi and left armers in Nadeem,and Harmeet. Their batting should rest on Sharma,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli, and all rounders like Raina and Jadeja. The important thing for the selectors to do is to classify them and play them selectively for the different formats of the game. Therein lies the way of keeping everyone ready all the time.

Posted by ListenToMe on (January 24, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

I think the problem with Rohit is overconfidence. The media, captain and everyone else have praised him as if there is no replacement for him. After each good performance he gets a feeling that he should not respect any bowler or and any good ball. He tries to play like he cannot get out to any ball. He needs to understand that whatever talent he has, there are similarly talented bowlers in the opposition who can get him out. If he wants to be successful, he needs to bat cautiously as if it is his last game. His plan should be to stay in the middle rather than hitting 4s and 6s. He is a very good test player so he should first be given a chance in tests rather than in ODIs. Why the selectors are trying to spoil the talents like Rohit and Rahane who are better in tests than in One day matches.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Rohit's challenge will be the incoming delivery on good swinging conditions. He is prone to put that left foot in front of the stumps and then a play lazy waft across the line. His next ODI test might be in English conditions, where swing will play dominant role in the first 10 overs, unless he gets over that lazy habbit he might once again go into oblivion. But on a side note, i feel sorry for Shikar Dhawan, he has done everything right to stake a claim for that opening slot. But media is already talking about Unmukt Chand. Performance often takes back seat in front of this overhyped 'Talent' phrase.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 24, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

good win for india. its funny to see indian fans taking odi series win as some sort of payback for test loss & then english fans & some comentators reminding that test is test & odi is odi. last year after UAE tour english fans were saying we won odi and its pay back for test loss.

Posted by Jacobchikku on (January 24, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

If he gets confidence and plays consistent then it will be good for India, else if he continues to do the same; which he has been doing it for the last 4 years then this should be his finaly chance and we shouldn't encourage such an attitude just on the basis of TALENT!, we got more players who are determined, passionate and skilled enough to make it to this level.

Posted by ramli on (January 24, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

India is the number one ODI side ... the aim should be to try and sustain it as long as possible ... in tests, India is in the middle of the rankings .. it is just enough if we try and continue the winning streak against sides below our ranking so that we sustain our ranking ... why worry about tests against teams ranked above us? T20 rankings change with every series and there is no seriousness among any team

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Well to me Rohit did not deserve to feature in the squad first.So i feel it is an injustice to the likes of tiwary,badrinath,vijay,pujara,jadhav,dhawan who have been so consistent over the years but still get chances very limited.Rohit,can you imagine has played close to 90 ODIs and yet he is just fighting for a place in the team.Every time the selectors select him in the squad either of these men lose their justifiable selection. He is the best batting talent in the country now,i admit.But ever heard of a talent known as Graeme Hick.What did he do to English cricket.Close to nothing.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 24, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

@Albert_cambell. Its very funny to see you are trying to hide your 18-2 lose in India in India's recent poor test record. There are lot of differences between ODIs and test cricket dude. If an English supporter donot know it, thats pathetic. I do not have any hope in England and they will lose series against NZ in the coming series and make their series losses like this: 0-5, 1-4, 3-0. That will be a new history.

Posted by MeeraKrishna on (January 24, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Rohit has a player needs to spend sometime at the middle before he can explode...so if you want him to be consistent dont send him below No.4..if you send him at 6-7 and ask him to smash right away he is going to disappoint..

Posted by Krishnaraj1983 on (January 24, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

It was totally infair to give Rohit a chance after more than 15 innings of failure in Australia and Srilanka..Rahane on the other hand was on the bench all the time when Rohit was failing without getting a chance and when he finally got one only 3 games..wow...Now I think all the domestic players can stop playing cricket since perform or not perform Mr Rohit and Jadeja's will not be dropped...Till the time Dhoni is the captain all domestic players go and take a break..

Posted by SP68 on (January 24, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Would like to see Pujara in the side for the next one day. He is a better equipped player technically and mentally. He proved in one day domestic tournament and he is in good form. Now that the series in won Team India can afford to give chances to others who have not played till now

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (January 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

This England series should be called as ICU series and it has successfully given some life to dyeing careers of rohit sharma, ravindra jadeja, suresh raina and ishant sharma.....and also make some stronger to a new born career of b kumar......only god knows what can be the result of this series if pujara/manoj/ishwar pandey were given chances.....

Posted by SaravananIsTheBest on (January 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Continued ..

And from nowhere Mr. Rohit got the chance to open in-spite of very few chances given to Rahane. Usual Captain's dialogue, 'Better to let the youngsters play up the order without pressure'. Eventually a Mind Blowing CLEAN inns, This inns is fortunate for him & betterment of team. Sounded as if Rohit destined to wait for Master to retire to fill the shoe rather being other-way.

Rahane is the only unfortunate here, still he doesnt have to worry. He's counted both as opener as well as a middle-order guy. More than that Poker is still vague.

Good to See Rohit & Captain back as fresh as 2008. Hope this continues ...

Posted by SaravananIsTheBest on (January 24, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Roughly around 5 years back in Australia, Sachin applauded this man's inns as good as his own. From there on, he never looked promising/consistent rather lazy/unfit/at times rated among over-weight list along side Zaheer.

Just last month Sachin retired from ODI, same time we had been having well-known/irreplaceable/inseparable opening pair gifting their shaky starts to expose the middle order, eventually making the team to go for leather hunt everytime.

Gutsy moment finally came just the same way it happened way-back in 2008 on dropping Ganguly before CB-Series'2008. This time it was Sehwag, one among the inseparable was dropped out, move has already showing results over the Poker's game.

To be Continued ..

Posted by SamRoy on (January 24, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

Yes the best thing India can do is give Rohit a break and bring him back against Australia now that his confidence is up finally. It's no point playing him in a meaningless ODI (the last one is meaningless now).

Posted by Raveey_ on (January 24, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

@kiwirocker @albertcambell : Just stop crying abt the umpiring, you people need to think before commenting or may i say , watch more of the indian cricket before putting across such lame comments. you tend to remember one odd decisions against your team but forget the two(RG and GG) of India's .. dont even talk about the umpiring in pak series. indeed india played bad .. pak played really well but had nasir jamshed's wicket off ashwin was not denied in the first match , series outcome could have been different , rest was pointed out to u by @fast_track_bully.. We as Indians want the DRS too , we have been the team to suffer the most by poor umpiring decisions ..remember 2011 world cup had drs too .. and yes , indeed indian umpires are poor at present

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 24, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Indian fans need to pray that they dont lose 3-0 in south africa. Then that will make it 11-0 in oveaseas. If that happens, then that will bring shame on all of their fans.

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 24, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

@ GerrardLK -- I can understand your frustration as India have thumped England for the umpteenth time in India. Keep ranting more so that we can enjoy the victory more.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

@balgatesss. You are spot on mate. No team can match indian team. Because team can lose 8-0 overseas like india did.

Posted by satish619chandar on (January 24, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

Well.. That is probably the ONLY opening that is available for the team. Rohit was put into it and got a opening. But it won't be termed as anything like "launchpad" to his career which had some 4-5 launch pads till now. T20 WC 2007, Innings in CB series Finals with Sachin, Twin 100s in Zimbabwe, Against WI in home and away in last 1-2 years.. What this shows is, there is nothing like "purple patch" for Rohit. he is a kind of "score in 3 and fail in 10" player. He is not as influential player like Yuvi too who can always be trusted the game in overs or consistent in shorter format like Raina. With Viru and Gauti not in decent form and Rahane having to improve on technical front, Rohit could be served with more chances as opener and it is upto him to hit a Virat like patch and cement himself in the team.

Posted by balgatesss on (January 24, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

@ gerrard..hello if england want to win bring 1st grade english bowlers we didnt say u people to bring 2nd grade bowlers and understand u guys are just budding in cricket dont try to advice team INDIA becoz no team can match indian team..

Posted by shrastogi on (January 24, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

God gifted talent doesnt mean unlimited opportunities. Rohit Sharma seems to be the most pampered player in India. If he is not clicking in middlle order (as if others dont get good balls) then try him as opener where if he doesnt succeed give him another chance. God have some mercy on us. Good he has scored runs which contributed to victory for India but now he needs to be bl***y consistent. I hope one good innings doesnt mean a secure place in side and another 10-15 poor scores. Already Mumbaikars in commentary team are singing eulogies and hoping for a permanent place for him in test side. I hope someone atlks to Rahane and works on his batting as if any Mumbaikar deserves a place in test side its him not Sharma. btw, those saying India win against not full bowling of England should realise that India is also playing a young bowling attack so that cancels out everything. I'm all for DRSD but India and England both got rough decisions.

Posted by GerrardLK on (January 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

Rohit scored against the 2nd grade English bowling line up, doesn't mean he's a good batsman. He's just an average club leven batsman & will be a walking wicket against top quality bowlers.

Posted by Ericj on (January 24, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

The Indian batting is not just about Rohit Sharma or anybody else. It is also not about the talent one possesses. It is about having 7 to 8 middle order batsmen capable of playing from positions 3 to 6 and winning matches. We have a number talented batsmen; it is about giving them enough opportunities before the next WC.

The pool of batsmen should not only be able to replace one another in the team but be able to bat in any position in the middle order. This way, Dhoni will have a flexible batting order with the right man for the right job.

Posted by realfan on (January 24, 2013, 4:35 GMT)

all the comeback boys done well for india, Zaheer, Sehwag, ganguly, dravid, Irfan pathan, now ishant sharma and jadeja joins the list i think both will do good to hold their place for next 5 to 6 years or so....

he really bowled well in this series except for the final overs in 1st match he bowled well through out.... Kp had no clue in the early of his innings....

Posted by realfan on (January 24, 2013, 4:30 GMT)

Suresh Raina... here is the man who is consistently getting 40+ score whenever he gets to bat for past... for past 15 innings he got like 40+ score 8 times.. and he go unnoticed.... good to have that kind of batsmen who takes pressure of themselves, just like dhoni does ....

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 24, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

@ KiwiRocker- Thats how india wins most of their matches mate. Nothing new. BCCI omits DRS for indias matches. Then one or two lucky decision goes in favour of india and in the end that wins the match for india. They are the most luckiest team ever.

Posted by realfan on (January 24, 2013, 4:21 GMT)

in the end rohit sharma ended up as a opener.... i think he will succeed ..... in the past many players succeeded, Sachin( asked to open in ODI thats it he never looked back) sehwag ( asked to open in Test's and he become most demolishing opener) not comparing RS to both of them , but i had a feeling he will do good, he is the horse for longer race..... hope he continues ... and i think rahane is the most unlucky player of india , feeling sad for him... but keep your hopes up buddy, you are made for Tests and you will be the pillar of indian Test batting....

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 24, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

@KiwiRocker-. Thanks for your interest in Indian matches than pakistan matches! And thanks for pointing umpire faults agaist England only. I will point out which were against India.1) G Gambhir - no nick 2)RG Sharma - above stumps. Against pakistan, Australian umpire gave out incorrectly to Dhoni due to which India cost 1st match and in the second match he gave wrong decisions against Gambhir and Raina which cost India the series. When BD toured Pakistan, Pakistan umpire turned down 2 catches and 4 LBW shouts of the last paki wicket so that you won that test by 1 wicket. Remember those things before being so smart.

Posted by think_cricket on (January 24, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

Rohit's avg. before his last match against England was around 30, with > 60 avg. against WI and Zim after playing 86 matches and he is in international circuit for > 5 yrs. Should we call him ``really talented'' or ``really lucky''??

How many chances Tiwary got and he is around for 4 years with avg around 35??

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (January 24, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

Yes, Rohit needed this innings so that Dhoni need not try too hard to include him in the next 83 matches.

Posted by Patrick_ on (January 24, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

Rohit has been getting too many chances without performing. But I don't think Dhoni will easily let him go. Dhoni has given him chances to play in Australia in last series resting even the mighty Tendulkar. So Rohit will surely be in Dhoni's mind for the next world cup in Australia. Whether it would be as an opener we don't know. But if Rohit succeeds in the coming years that lead up to the next world cup, the credit will solely rest upon Dhoni for persisting him for so long. If Jadeja too tastes success in coming years, then Dhoni would be a sort of legend for the Indian cricket in ODIs. I wish he was as skillful in Tests too.

Posted by AmrDx on (January 24, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

Its funny how cricket legends admire his talent while these haters are spreading nonsense and there are those sheeps to follow them too. When Rohit doesn't performs then he is Nohit.. And when he does, these stupid comments come from those Nobodies who make no sense what so ever. Get one thing right, Rohit is talented. 2012 was a really bad year for him. He was given chances after chances. But then if you look at the position he was asked to play then its No. 6 o No. 7. He is actually a No. 3 batsman. But since that position is for Virat as of now then he should play as No. 4 i.e. before Yuvraj. He is among those few Indian batsmen who can play really well in Australian pitches. Virat Kohli went through the same criticism when he was under-performing. Made jokes about him. People even wanted him out of the team after that flipping out incident in Australia. Now those same people cant even think about Team India without Virat. These keyboard warriors are sucha joke.

Posted by Hammond on (January 24, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Bit hard to win a game when your 3 best odi bowlers are not playing. Sharma is a very attractive player and is great to watch, shame that he found his form just in time to beat England and take the series. But easier when you don't have an Anderson or a Swann coming at you. Well played India, but you didn't beat the top side. And it looks as if India have been played in just in time to give the Aussies a thrashing! Interesting times ahead..

Posted by Prakmca on (January 24, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

If someone performs, try to appreciate it. else keep quiet.

Rohit played really well and won the match for India. After series of poor scores, he came out that. Now need to be consistent. No need to take unwanted risks, if he plays for long, can score more runs. Have the ability to make up for the dot balls. So many in the world shined after getting promoted to opening. Mark Waugh, Jayasurya, Dilsan, Ganguly, Sehwag.

Now sehwag being out, we need someone to play attacking opener. Definitely not Rahane. Rohit is having chance in front of him. Hope he utilizes to maximum. Does he??

Rahane, failed because of his dual approaches in domestic and international matches. He looked and Pale and tensioned when be bats for International matches. not sure why. If this is the case, he is good for domestic only and not for international matches.

Jadeja started performing... If it continues it's good.

Posted by TRAM on (January 24, 2013, 1:43 GMT)

YES. To the blue-eyed boy of mumbai we will give him as many chances as possible irrespective of the failures to "prove" his talent. One 50+ score every 25 innings chance is good enough for him to continue. For some other players like badri 3 innings with one 56 in one of them, we will throw him out. I dont even know why people talk of Dhoni's favoring csk. If that theory is true, Badri should have been shown some mercy.

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (January 24, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

This is nothing new. Rohit sharma has played one good inning here and there. In this inning, he should have been out more than once but his luck favoured him. One can not help but feel for players like Pujara and Tiwari. What else those fine players have to do to get a chance. Dhoni has created divisions in Indian team and cricket. It makes no sense to select a failed player like Rohit ahead of Pujara who is an inform batsman. Pujara and Tiwari will become next Munzamdar of Indian cricket. On the actual match itself, this farce has to stop.Indian Umpire gave Malik incorrectly LBW that cost Pak 3rd ODI.Indian umpire gave Cook out incorrectly in second ODI and Pieterson in 3rd ODI. Dhoni was out on 6 and made 72 in 2nd ODI. It all cost England games.Only rough decision against India was Yuvraj in second ODI but Yuvraj was out at 7 even before that wrong decision! Now in this ODI, Umpire Asrani was waiting for an appeal and gave out while ball was miles outside leg stump.It was a blunder!

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

Sehwag-Tendulkar combo had been India's best opening pair, by a long shot. Neither had been openeing batsmen, before they were inducted into those slots. Since that pair is gone, and Gambir's inability to kick the "poke, poke, poke" routine, we should try to develop a new combo. My bet is on Roit Sharma & Chetesswar Pujara. Both may a take a few overs, to really take off. That is fine. The era of Jayasurya-Kalu era is over, Teams have understood the merits of keeping wickets for the last 10-15 overs. With India having a few guys can hit out in the last 10-15 overs, and with the new rule of allowing only 2-3 fielders outsisde the circle, most of the time, Rohit -Pujara pair shild be developed as India's future u opening pair.

Gambhir can go back to KKR, like Sachin, Zak, & Bhajji can serve MI well. Let India have new combinations for the future, in all the three formats.

Posted by AvidCricFan on (January 24, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Wow!! Finally some decent runs coming from Rohit's bat. Hope this continues in a streak of decent scores. With all backing he has, he will get 10 more games without performing. Dhoni could have picked Pujara instead. Place of Yuvi needs to be sorted out. He is not an all rounder in ODI. His batting is wanting. Ashwin needs quick improvements in his bowling too. He is not in the ODI team as an all rounder but rather a strike bowler. His fielding is wanting too.

Posted by   on (January 24, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

Common guys, dont be too harsh, at his best, Rohit is the right handed Lara. He can be such a joy to watch. Discerning cricket followers can spot it (please, please dont laugh, I am being serious ...)

Compared to the chances given to other lesser talented players in other countries this is not a big deal. We do need to see the best talents gets adequate chances. Agreed that Rahanes, Tiwarys and Pujaras are waiting - they will get their chance. Probably its time to rest Gambhir and give any one among the above a chance.

I am not a big fan of Dhoni, but I like him in the ways he backs players like Jadeja, Raina, Rohit among others ....

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 24, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

Rohit could replace Sehwag in ODI's and Rahane if he gets tighter can play the role of Gambhir by providing stability.Time for some experiments before 2015 WC..and look beyond GG&Viru.May be there's a case for Sehwag in middle order but its packed at the moment.

Rohit | Rahane | Kohli | Pujara| Tiwary | Raina | Dhoni

How about this batting line up? Terrific batting talent apart from being a lightning fielding unit.

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (January 24, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

Congratulations to India! Well Played. India have played some wonderful cricket in the ODI series to beat England. Dhoni's innings and others in the India side in this series were immense. Also I have to say Indian batsman have the best batting techniques in world cricket. Watching Indian batsman play their strokes with their wonderful techniques have been great. Cricket coaches in India certainly teach their youngsters well on how to bat with good techniques, that I don't see in other countries.l Love the passion the Indian people have for the game of cricket too, certainly for one day cricket. Congrats India good luck against Australia who are a good test side but very beatable one day side.

Posted by Secunderabadi on (January 24, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

Rohit is an excellent player but his confidence is what brings him down. I remember he helped India in one of the series not long ago. The player with least opportunities is Badri.

Posted by nyc_missile on (January 24, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

Rohit haters please hide yourself..classy innings under pressure.Its not about how many chances you get but what spot you bat at which is important.He's come way too late in order for the last few matches where he failed.This must seal his place in the side but has to push on with bigger scores.

Another disgraceful decision by MSD dropping Rahane..well the poor guy hasn't even been given a full series..why not both Rohit & Rahane and DROP Gambhir who's been pathetic.What happens to the confidence levels of Rahane now and what message are you sending by dropping after a couple failures while dead-wood remain after consistent failures.Yuvraj,Gambhir deserve to go and Rohit & Rahane both should play for the last match.MSD also can excuse himself and allow Pujara a go too.No harm in trying out all these wonderful talents,bench isn't the place for them.If not, just send them for Ranji final.

Posted by Agila on (January 24, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

So much of support for fringe players like Rohit and Ravindra Jadeja. "After several unconvincing performances Ajinkya Rahane was left out" How many? , the 4 ODIs that Rohit sat out eh? How many unconvincing performances did Rohit put, does MS even have a count of it? Let alone the past, I bet all my money that Rohit would go to sleep for another 50-60 ODIs resting on the laurel from this one inning of 83! What happened to Shikar Dhawan who is a regular opener, why do the selectors and captains keep entertaining these make shift openers. (Sachin, Ganguly and Sehwag were exceptions) Rohit by no means falls in that league. I rather dump Rohit for good until he gets more consistent. Same with Ravindra Jadeja. I would try the likes of Shikar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu etc instead of him.

Posted by Agila on (January 24, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

While this is a good innings from Rohit, Keep the fingers crossed, he is known for his inconsistency, and hope he keeps playing this kind of innings often, and not go back to his old habit of being a flash in the pan!

Posted by needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on (January 23, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

wow i am so happy for Rohit.. he finally performed this is not FLUKE. 5,0,0,4,4,4 is FLUKE what happened today is real ROHIT. all these digit scores are in bowler friendly conditions.. Today when conditions where good . ROHIT or some GOD FATHER of his made sure he is in playing XI that too as opener... where others like RAHANE was fully tested for a period of 3 matches.. and likes of PUJARA who is not at all inform have been side lined and TEAM MANAGEMENT told ROHIT its NO OR NEVER(until next series).. so ROHIT performed.. now what ? MANOJ TIWARI,RAHANE,PUJARA. should learn to get into action immediately .. some of there TEST CREDENTIALS won't matter.. some of there ODI 4 FERS or 100's won't matter. BECAUSE immediately they would be dropped until ROHIT performs!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 23, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

Rohit will soon be seen as Shewag's replacement. Definetly suited to ODI type of game where you have score and not waste deliveries. Hope it works out for him.

Posted by aryan-is-dravid-fan on (January 23, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

It is good that Rohit scored, but it was only one game. But it is unfair to Rahane after such a long wait, to get just 3-4 games. I hope they drop (or atleast rest!!) Gambhir for the dead rubber and get Rahane back, not just to give him a chance, but also to boost Rahane's confidence and talent. He should be no less important than Rohit is for the team and the country. Also, please get Mishra in for Ashwin and Pujara in for maybe Yuvraj. These peripheral guys do deserve a go and with the series won, this is the time to get them going. I have no problems if Rohit can turn out to be a better opener than Gambhir and stays!

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (January 23, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

Well, let us see what happens. Already Sanjay Manjrekar is talking about Rohit playing No.6 in tests and he also says they need some one to continue Mumbai Legacy of batsman, common please, there is billion people watching TV, how can you even say that. He also says, Raina has to play a risky shot over mid wicket relieve of the pressure and Rohit does not have to do that. It is getting bit too much to here sanjay these days. Now that Rohit scored some runs finally, he should only play as an opener and compete with Rahane, Shewag, Gamghir and the likes. He can not come in for middle order spot competition with Raina, Tiwary and Yuvi for No.4 and No.5 No 3. Is Kohli and Pujara as backup, Pujara can back up for 1,2,3 and 4 spots. Give him a chance by resting Yuvi. Play Rahane, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Raina in last ODI. Let us see if Rohit can score another 50 or 100.

Posted by corndog on (January 23, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

I think Dhoni and the coaches should let Pujara know if he is in the squad for the final ODI or not. Rather than warm the bench for a meaningless game, he could be useful for Saurashtra against Mumbai. Same goes for Ajinkya. If he is not playing, he can at least open for Mumbai.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 23, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Really wonder what favours Rohit and Jadeja give to Dhoni. Just a shame. To Pujara/Tiwary and alike pls do not lose heart. Indian cricket needs players like you.

Posted by Rahulbose on (January 23, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

Rohit Sharma does possess a god given talent for being picked for positions he doesn't deserve. He is also a class act, the operating word being act. A total method actor who has been playing the role of a world class batsman for some years now. It is a travesty that he is yet to get his first Oscar, or his first Bollywood trophy. He is also rumored to have started a international cricket non-performing players hall-of-fame, so far Graeme hick, Mark Ramprakash have been inducted into the hall.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

So for another 20 to 25 games Rohit sharma can underform , but he is safe !!!!

Posted by nitsy89 on (January 23, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Now, come on people! There is a purpose behind backing a player. I know it is frustrating. But, having seen Jadeja picked from time to time, I just felt the same (do not forget the jokes he generated!). Honestly, I am happy that he has picked up his game. I strongly sense that Rohit will follow suit and become a match winner !

Posted by jiten27 on (January 23, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

Very good game . rohit is very good.......... compare any other opening player. he knows how to play as opening batsman, I would recom the another player well telented than gambhir, they should try pujara, pujara and rohit can open the inning all the time, both sensible and telented, never give up their wicket easily. we should replce yuvraj. so many innings played in his carear and doesnot stay and we should give chance other. rest of the players are all reliable and execellant

Posted by Leggie on (January 23, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

Rohit should have ideally come in place of Gautam Gambhir and not Rahane. In the recent past, Gambhir has struggled to score quickly and rotate strike. This has put tremendous pressure on his partners and Rahane is a recent victim of Gambhir's poor form. I hope at least for the 5th ODI we get to see two dashing openers - Rahane and Rohit - open the innings for India.

Posted by mangu99 on (January 23, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

So all u guys criticizing Rohit is right as he has taken lots of time to prove his worth... But if you go in the Past yuvaraj sing was also given dis much of time by Saurav to prove and now see what Yuvaraj is..Rohit realy is special talenn but the thing is he place was alwaz ubder scruiny give him a free bit of long run he will prove his mettele.. Ajinkya rahane is good player he shound replace Gambhir..he Dhoni will have same idea but he can not execute the same right now as he already droped Sehwag..As Talen Rohit is better than Vira abd Raina but both these guys are full confidant now and they got the equation oof int cricket right hope same should happen to rohit ASAP then we will be good team

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Funny that fans always want to include atleast one new player in the eleven last season they were making noice to include Manoj Tiwary before that Ajinkya rahane now everybody is crying to Include Pujara, he is a class batsman and he also will get his chance one day and Shikhar dhawan and Unmukhth Chand also will get their cahnces aswell

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 23, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Really Dhoni!!! Keep picking a guy month after month on the pretext of so called talent and and he finally manages to score in one innings after a million attempts. The worst is, this so called class act Rohit Sharma will get to keep his place for another 2/3 series at least without scoring another run. If we gave a rope that long to the likes of Rahane/Manoj/Pujara they would have scored 3 times the runs than Rohit.

Posted by tally1983 on (January 23, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

sachin also was middle order batsmen, and after about 80 innings opened for the 1st time, he also made about 80ish on opening debut in odi's. he is also from mumbai...............just saying, but please have half as good stats as sachin and you will be fine rohit. i think yuvi should be dropped for last match and pujara should be given chance, maybe gambhir also rested and rahane coming in for him

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Absolutely agree with penagamuri.

Most Indian batsman performs only in subcontinent conditions. Yuvraj, Raina, Ghambhir and you name it has yet to prove themselves in seaming conditions. Anyone seen Rohit palyed in Australia would know how rare a talent he is for India. Mind you the new world cup is in Australia and not many in current India team has the technique to survive the pace and bounce of the Australian pitches

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (January 23, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Now we get who is supporting Rohit sharma, its the captain himself. So , the next time we see the same repeated group of guys performing or not, we all know who to blame . Thanks Dhoni!. All this while I was blaming the selectors.

Posted by Nish_US on (January 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

So the dice did roll a 6... now what?

Posted by sportofpain on (January 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT)

Those who criticize the selection of Rohit are a)being mean spirited and b)assume they have superior knowledge than the players and selectors. Rohit by all accounts is a special talent and at the end of the day talent really matters. It is actually a tribute to the selectors that they have persisted with him. He has a responsibility to repay this faith so the ball is firmly in your court Rohit. Be the best you can be. But not any less.

Posted by darsh127 on (January 23, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

I am completely fed up with people commenting on Rohit Sharma. Give me a break. It is true that he has been given way to many chances but that doesn't take away the fact that he is a class act. He should already have played tests and secured his place. That is where he belongs and I'm sure once this unsmart selectors get their act together and GIVE ROHIT A GO IN TESTS, people will forget these one day performances as the test classics will well beyond overshadow these. The question is, WHEN?

Posted by agamgoyal on (January 23, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

It is sad to say the least :( Even with a win we have lost , I guess lost many other players just for a inconsistent so called gifted player..

Posted by penagamuri on (January 23, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

Fans like Nampally consistently objected the selection of Ishant sharma. Look what Ishant has done in the last two odi's. they say Class is permenant whilst form is temporary. My prediction is Rohit, Pujara, Virat will become permenant fixtures in Team India. Chand should be tested as a opener. Sorry Rahane Fans, he is not international material and the same for manoj tiwari. Selectors need to find another lefthanded player to open the innings with Chand. My team for the Aus test would be Sehwag,Gambhir,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Rohit,MSD,Ashwin,Ojha,Ishant,Yadav/Sreesanth/Kumar.

Posted by penagamuri on (January 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

I just fail to comprehend how we (Indians) think about one player. If he scores he is a super start and he is Nohit if he dosent score. Every one, before they criticize a player, got to understand what position he batted and how often he gets chance to show case his talents. Agreed he played 90 ODIs but again he played lion share of them at 7. Look at Raina's ODI stats his average in also in mid 30's. He had a spectacular run at No 4 with 900 odd runs in 25 innnings at an average of 45. There are reasons why team management persisted with Rohit, one being his obvious talent and they know even though he played and been with in the fringes for so long, he hardly got chances to play with a lot of overs in spare (only exception was the torrid run he had in sl last year). Comparing Virat with rohit is ridiculous. Virat on most occasions played at 4 or 3 where he had lot of time to build an innings. I really hope Rohit gets selected for the australian tour.

Posted by NCP1 on (January 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

What a joke! Rohit has been around for a while, but Dhoni says he could be a good opener after 87 games. What about other gods gifted talents waiting to get a chance like Pujara. Someone he likes perform in 10 games and he is happy to justify. Too much politics going on in Indian dressing room. Anyone can see that there are cricketers better than Rohit waiting in the wings. You need to get match winners in the team who are consistent performers. Having said that ODI squad for India looks good for now, wait till we play abroad in SA, ENG, AUS.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (January 23, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

Yet again a couple of decisions which would have been reversed with DRS in place just shows how behind the cricketing times India is. After 3 consecutive centuries in the 1st 3 tests, Cook's been on the receiving end of quite a few shockers. To be fair, it was the only way India was ever likely to 'get him out'. But the wrong decisions on both sides, some howlers and others I'm sympathetic towards the umpires, may or may not have changed the outcome of the game but it's an unncessary and avoidable detraction from enjoyment of the contest. For all the issues that have to be addressed in Indian cricket, a quick win is to have DRS. BCCI looks more and more foolish with each passing game hiding behind the it's not 100% perfect excuse.

Posted by   on (January 23, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Although the article is about Rohit, it also highlights Dhoni's captaincy. Now that India is no. 1 again even though in a different format, will Dhoni critics finally accept and acknowledge Dhoni's captaincy prowess? The no. 1 status however short or long lived it may turn out to be, has nevertheless been achieved and none among Pak, SL, WI and NZ have come close to it in all these years. And this status has been achieved without the help from Dravid, Ganguly, VVS, Kumble. And given the form and recent performances, only wtih partial help from Sachin, Zaheer (upto world cup), and nothing from Harbhajan. Dhoni has maintained the world cup momentum in the ODIs with only small abberations here and there with a fringe team and his captaincy certainly needs to be recognized and hailed.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (January 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Shameful to say the least about the special treatment this guy is getting in the team at the cost of much more talented players, who are sitting on the bench. This Nohit Sharma played brillient innings and he will play for next 5 years, whether he makes 0 or ave <10. Some guys are rating him ahead of Raina, who has ave 36.55 vs Nohit's ave 31.22. I would rate Jadeja ahead of this guy, Jadeja has ave 29.96 (not bad compared to Nohit) but he has 69 wkts from 64 matchs with econ of 4.8. Wait, did I forget to say that Nohit Sharma is considered India's best batsman after Sachin, and miles ahead of Pujara.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (January 23, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Bad decision to drop Rahane. Gambhir should have been the one replaced and Rahane should have continued. Would have done good for his confidence in the long run if Dhoni had shown faith in him. Alternatively could have brought in another new opener, for Gamhbir and played Rahane in place of Yuvraj. Feel sorry for Pujara but don't think there's a place for him in the middle order of the ODI team at the moment whilst Gambhir and and Yuvraj are there. The only place left would be as opener so Dhoni could have given him a chance there today. Raina looked liked he'd been working on the short ball until the end of the innings when he started reverting to type. Anyway there's a lot to like about his very under-rated player and I hope he continues to work on the short-pitched stuff because he'll really be tested on it in SA, Eng and Aus. Surprise to open with Rohit and was good to see him get runs. Have to wait to see if this is the right position for him.

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (January 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Yup he needed this innings or else he would have been out of team for sure. Now its Gambhirs turn

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (January 23, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Very good innings today. Would be curious if Rohit manages consistency from here, otherwise 1 odd innings in numerous games wouldn't help team India. Will have to wait and see. Rohit, don't take the success to your head, all the best

Posted by US_Indian on (January 23, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

At any cost they want to retain him, even if he had not performed he would have been around because he has been around for over 5 years now without any notable performances and the so called naturally gifted and possessing lots of potential.... this is pure B/S. If you give this many chances the probability is a few of them will click which have been proved in Rohit's case. Just compare the number of chances he has got with respect to others who were not so lucky to get this many chances like Kaif, Badri, Vijay, Tiwari, Uthappa,Rayudu, Saurabh and many more. Just do the ROI and law of returns, you will find the pay back is not profitable. I really wonder why one player gets such special treatment whereas others get continiously ignored and sidelined with a few failures right now the example is Rahane why cant they give him longer run not just 3 matches because this guy also posses oodles of talents/temperament when he is not a natural operner he has been thrusted into that position

Posted by Darshi007 on (January 23, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

Kind of dreaded this happening. One knock of 80 odd after years of failure and his inclusion is justified. Doesn't make any sense. A guy who scores a triple ton in ODI mode in a first class game and in the form of his life is benched in the meanwhile. 2 failures for Rahane and it's over for him. 20 failures for Rohit and he is retained because he is "god-gifted".

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

For next Match drop Gambhir and Rest Yuvraj, Ashwin and Ishant. Play with this Xi: Rahane, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Mishra, B.Kumar, Ahmed, Dinda.

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