India v West Indies, 1st Test, Kolkata, 2nd day November 7, 2013

Rohit passes the Test with honours

The more desperate Rohit Sharma got for a Test cap, the further it slipped from his grasp. But when he did get his chance, Rohit showed no anxiety, working hard for his runs and playing astutely against the West Indies bowlers
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Rohit Sharma got his first taste of Test cricket's quirks two days before his debut. He didn't even know back then that he would be debuting at Eden Gardens - he merely wanted to look at the pitch on which he could be batting in two days' time. It's something you don't do in ODIs or T20s; only in Tests do you start thinking about the pitch so much in advance. Eden's eccentric chief groundsman, Prabir Mukherjee, intercepted Rohit, told him off and, when Rohit protested, pointed to an old sign - dangling at 90 degrees - that said only captains and coaches were allowed to inspect the pitch.

You can see how Test cricket's traditions and rituals, and the recently heightened stature because of the threat from shorter formats, can make it feel like a monster to some of the youngsters. While succeeding in Test cricket is no longer necessary to make a lavish living out of the game, it has in a way become even more important for youngsters to succeed in Tests, as if to prove their love for cricket.

Especially for someone like Rohit. He holds the record for the most ODIs before Test debut. And, in Rohit's case, the more desperate he got, the further the Test cap receded from his grasp. He was injured minutes before what was to be his Test debut against South Africa in February 2010, then travelled the world with the squad before eventually losing his place because of his ODI form. He was unfairly ridiculed and dropped based on his ODI form, although he averaged much higher in first-class cricket than he did in the domestic limited-overs formats. Ironically, he had put in his third Man-of-the-Series performance in ODIs to get this chance.

So here he was, two days after hitting seven sixes in 18 balls in his ODI double-century, being put in his place by a veteran groundsman. He would redefine his place soon.

The debut came about just in time for him to come face to face with what has been the reality of Test cricket in India. He walked out to the deafening collective silence of over 30,000 spectators because Tendulkar had just been dismissed. The opposition was at its most charged up, another wicket soon fell, and India were 151 behind with five wickets down and due to bat last.

The pressure had mounted, there was no release shot available, and Shane Shillingford, who had taken four wickets, was pretty accurate. Fine leg, deep midwicket, deepish mid-on, short midwicket and two short legs complemented the turn Shillingford was getting into the pads. He left third man and point open, asking Rohit to take the risk of cutting bouncing offbreaks if he so wished.

Even getting desperate for a single would have involved some risk. For the first 12 balls he faced, he didn't get a delivery that would give him a free single. The previous 12 balls he had faced, at that ODI in Bangalore, had yielded four sixes and 35 runs. He might even have felt that Test cricket was really a monster. Ever since he found success at the top of the ODI order, he has been insisting that it was just the start. He was in the right frame of mind to play cricket, any cricket.

There was no anxiety over scoring, no itching to find release; and he waited for the loose ball, which, when it arrived on the hip, he glanced it to fine-leg for four. It was not an easy pitch, he said, and it was imperative that Shillingford be played off. Rohit's partners - MS Dhoni and R Ashwin - were great help. Unlike the West Indies batsmen on day one, they kept working the singles, not letting the bowler build pressure on just the one batsman. As time passed, the bowlers tired, the field eased, the deficit decreased. All gradually, and at its own pace.

Rohit said he knew Test runs won't come easy. "Runs don't come so easily in Tests," he said after the day's play. "You must have seen, I only played 150 balls to get a 200 in that ODI, but here I've played 220-something balls to get 127. So this shows Test cricket is not easy, you've got to work your way around and score your runs."

He was prepared to work hard. If along the way a ball presented itself to be hit, he would play some of his special shots, like the flick past midwicket off Darren Sammy, which flew away in no time to the boundary. The first time he lofted the ball he had already reached 72, India were already in the lead, and the ball was 80 overs old and not bouncing alarmingly. The joy on his face when he reached the fifty, followed by an elaborate acknowledgement to every gallery of the ground, told you how much it meant to him when the Test chance finally arrived. Something also seemed to be saying, "This is just the start."

Rohit might have brought up the hundred through an edge, but it brought massive relief. You could see he almost wanted to remove the gloves and sit down in the middle and just savour the moment. And nobody can stop him from looking at that pitch now, because he is still batting on it. Maybe Test cricket is not such a monster after all.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shaykumar on November 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Delighted for Rohit and India. Been the biggest fan of his batting, continue the hard work young man! Well done Ashwin both put on a match saving partnership for us... now probably a match winning one! Well done guys! Keep going!

  • CricketChat on November 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Great rearguard action by India. Rohit deserves his day under the sun! It's been long time coming. Too early to say how he does it outside India, but he is a definite asset when Ind plays at home. Raina should come in when SRT leaves the scene. He can lift fielding standards in addition to providing some relief to bowlers (like JP Duminy does for SA). While few runs are always welcome from lower order batsmen/tailenders, they should be held accountable for their primary role. I would rather have Ashwin pick up 3/4 wkts per inning and score zero than have him score 20-30 runs and no wkts.

  • ravi_hari on November 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    It is always a treat to watch technically sound batsmen in whites. Rohit is gifted with technique and timing. However, the one thing he lacked so far was temperament. This one innings will not change that over night but will definitely give him a few more chances to prove himself to be a long term player. Rohit will be tested in SA and later in England. Especially his lazy front foot. However, if he gains confidence like Pujara did he will step into Sachin's shoes very easily. I am sure Dhoni has already planned the No.4 berth for him. Can we see Dravid, Sachin and Laxman in Pujara, Rohit and Kohli? Only time will tell. The best thing is that all are quite young and have come up the hard way. We need to give them a long rope to prove themselves and then decide whether there are any chinks in the armour. By the time Dhoni calls it a day, Rohit and Kohli should have been groomed to take over. Sans Sachin this side looks very young and the future holds very good for Team India.

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    my test team for southafrica dhawan., vijay., pujara., kohli., rohit.,dhoni., jaddu., ashwin., bhuvi., zak., shami..... future team after dhoni.'s retirement dhawan pujara aparajith kohli rohit jaddu sanju ashwin bhuvi shami umesh. ...

  • JD04 on November 8, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Well if IPL is producing and instigating talent like we have seen in this young Team India, I think whatever has been the repurcussions, it should be allowed and nurtured in the right fashion.

    It's good to see that young Indian cricketers value Test Cricket, the way it should be; probably that's the legacy, Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath and to an extent Sehwag & Harbhajan has left behind!

  • arup_g on November 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Please please let's not start comparing him to anyone else! He is Rohit, and he is not VVS, Sachin or Dravid! Let the guy play and score runs. Loving the fact that we have 4-5 young players in the team now being led by Dhoni. It reminds me of when we had Sehwag, Sachin, VVS, Dravid and Ganguly in their 20s, we had some amazing days! Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Vijay, Rahane, Shami, Bhuvi, Ashwin are all excellent young players, and certainly what India need to stick wiith!

  • on November 8, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I think India found a new VVS !!

  • ProdigyA on November 8, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Harry31j - There are many haters here who just cannot digest any success by Indians and there are enough of those people to bring us down. All im saying, we dont need Indians to insult us.

  • Alexk400 on November 8, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Now he got free pass for another 20 years with team. Before he got free pass without scoring. Now he is permanent even if he scores zeros in next 10 test.

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on November 8, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    So what was Rohit's reply to Mr. Mukherjee, same abuse that Rohit gave to one of the fan in Australia few years back when fans tried to be present during the net session? Not matter how much good player he is and how much he can grow in stature he is something will never be matched with anyone of Fab-4.

  • shaykumar on November 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Delighted for Rohit and India. Been the biggest fan of his batting, continue the hard work young man! Well done Ashwin both put on a match saving partnership for us... now probably a match winning one! Well done guys! Keep going!

  • CricketChat on November 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Great rearguard action by India. Rohit deserves his day under the sun! It's been long time coming. Too early to say how he does it outside India, but he is a definite asset when Ind plays at home. Raina should come in when SRT leaves the scene. He can lift fielding standards in addition to providing some relief to bowlers (like JP Duminy does for SA). While few runs are always welcome from lower order batsmen/tailenders, they should be held accountable for their primary role. I would rather have Ashwin pick up 3/4 wkts per inning and score zero than have him score 20-30 runs and no wkts.

  • ravi_hari on November 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    It is always a treat to watch technically sound batsmen in whites. Rohit is gifted with technique and timing. However, the one thing he lacked so far was temperament. This one innings will not change that over night but will definitely give him a few more chances to prove himself to be a long term player. Rohit will be tested in SA and later in England. Especially his lazy front foot. However, if he gains confidence like Pujara did he will step into Sachin's shoes very easily. I am sure Dhoni has already planned the No.4 berth for him. Can we see Dravid, Sachin and Laxman in Pujara, Rohit and Kohli? Only time will tell. The best thing is that all are quite young and have come up the hard way. We need to give them a long rope to prove themselves and then decide whether there are any chinks in the armour. By the time Dhoni calls it a day, Rohit and Kohli should have been groomed to take over. Sans Sachin this side looks very young and the future holds very good for Team India.

  • on November 12, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    my test team for southafrica dhawan., vijay., pujara., kohli., rohit.,dhoni., jaddu., ashwin., bhuvi., zak., shami..... future team after dhoni.'s retirement dhawan pujara aparajith kohli rohit jaddu sanju ashwin bhuvi shami umesh. ...

  • JD04 on November 8, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Well if IPL is producing and instigating talent like we have seen in this young Team India, I think whatever has been the repurcussions, it should be allowed and nurtured in the right fashion.

    It's good to see that young Indian cricketers value Test Cricket, the way it should be; probably that's the legacy, Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Srinath and to an extent Sehwag & Harbhajan has left behind!

  • arup_g on November 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Please please let's not start comparing him to anyone else! He is Rohit, and he is not VVS, Sachin or Dravid! Let the guy play and score runs. Loving the fact that we have 4-5 young players in the team now being led by Dhoni. It reminds me of when we had Sehwag, Sachin, VVS, Dravid and Ganguly in their 20s, we had some amazing days! Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, Vijay, Rahane, Shami, Bhuvi, Ashwin are all excellent young players, and certainly what India need to stick wiith!

  • on November 8, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    I think India found a new VVS !!

  • ProdigyA on November 8, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    @Harry31j - There are many haters here who just cannot digest any success by Indians and there are enough of those people to bring us down. All im saying, we dont need Indians to insult us.

  • Alexk400 on November 8, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Now he got free pass for another 20 years with team. Before he got free pass without scoring. Now he is permanent even if he scores zeros in next 10 test.

  • Biggest_Cricket_Fan on November 8, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    So what was Rohit's reply to Mr. Mukherjee, same abuse that Rohit gave to one of the fan in Australia few years back when fans tried to be present during the net session? Not matter how much good player he is and how much he can grow in stature he is something will never be matched with anyone of Fab-4.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 7, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    @Harry31j, FYKI, I too know that list. Read my post again. I said on rank turners. Not on benign tracks. Got it?

  • VipinGangwar on November 7, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Are we about to get another fav 5.. Dhawan is what Sehwag was used to be.. Pujara is an improved version of Great Dravid.. Kohli is an improved version of Little Master Sachin*.. Rohit can be as dangerous as Dada was.. And Dhoni is as reliable as VVS was..

    *Kohli absorbs the pressure as there is no pressure..

    Keeping my fingers crossed for another vetran team.. At this point of time they are looking much better than their predecessors..

  • VipinGangwar on November 7, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    After Sachin's exit India is looking a good balanced team. We have 5 quality bastmen in Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rohit and THE MASTER Dhoni, 2 good bowling all rounders in Jadeja and Ashwin and one good bowler Shami(though very early to rate him).. Now India has 3 places 1 opener and 2 bowlers to grab.. If these 3 places are occupied by 3 more quality players it will be a solid team at least on papers. Vijay is yet vulnerable. Two seamers Lets take Yadav and Bhuvi (he can bat a bit)to SA..

    Beware SA we are coming to rock you...

  • VipinGangwar on November 7, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    No column for Ashwin's effort... Whereas his runs are equally important to that of Rohit. He is scoring on a brisk rate.. And importantly his technique is looking solid. What an effort by the bowler.. He has put a long leap in becoming a all rounder..

  • Harry31j on November 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @linguboy, you did not get the point I was trying to make. The main part of my comment was against previous posters who were trying to say that it's unfair to compare India's batting failures overseas with performances of foreign players because supposedly they are equally inept at making centuries in India. So I provided the list, which is totally different from saying new guys in Indian team are bad. Rohit's century today was really good considering the condition & team situation it came in. All I am saying is we should hold off raising him on pedestal until he has performed overseas which differentiates good from great players. By the way I mistakenly added Smith and de Villiers to the list, but you can instead add Alviro P,Ian Bell to list. As you can see each team not only had multiple centurians but they were greatly supported by others even in the match when only one of them made century. This was THE problem with India on last 2 away tours, no support for one performing guy.

  • Nampally on November 7, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    A Test Century is 100 whether it is played in Melbourne, Lords or Eden Gardens. I am amazed at people trying to belittle Rohit's brilliant century. This guy gets to finally make a Test debut after being benched so long in Tests. Actually he forced his way by virtue of being Batsman of the OZ ODI series. Even Dhoni who has always a "Fixed XI of his own Rationale", had to bow down & include Rohit for #6 spot. Indian batting appeared to start @ #6 in this Test- nearly 250 runs added by # 6,7 & 8 batsmen. That itself is credit worthy & deserves all superlatives. India today has Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Pujara & Kohli - 4 of the World class batsmen. These guys will compliment each other- if one fails others will make up. By God they did it today thru' Rohit + Best Finisher Dhoni + most under rated batsman Ashwin. So @Harry, et al, let us rejoice not raise "what if" type of doubts. Believe me these guys can score on any ground in the World & they will prove it in the coming years. Go, India!

  • Haleos on November 7, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    He always deserved a place in test team. It was some seniors who did not want to accept that their time was up and selectors who kept selecting them. Rohit, Badri, Rahane, Pujara are perfectly designed for Tests. BCCI had them for ODIs and they all failed. Badri got the least chances and now they would not even consider him.

  • Nampally on November 7, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    A great way to silence Mr. Mukherjee by letting his bat do the talking! A fantastic debut & one of about half a dozen Indians who got a century in their Test Debut. I think the latest was Dhawan when he nearly got a double ton vs. OZ. Rohit has a chance to do it. But What an innings under pressure- India 83 for 5 & ending up 354 for 6. Rohit, Dhoni & Ashwin deserve a lot of credit for their fight back to put India in command again. I was surprised when Stars like Dhawan, Pujara & Kohli fell like Nine pins! These are 3 of the best batsmen in the World today. Of course in case of Tendulkar, the Umpiring decision was way below the Test Umpiring level. DRS is only there to assist the Umpire in close calls not to help them correct blatant errors. All credit to WI for a fine start in getting 5 quick wkts. But the recent Hero from the OZ ODI series was waiting like a panther to annul Shillingford & All! Total mastery & a disciplined knock that floored WI. Will Rohit get his double Ton?

  • GRVJPR on November 7, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Few people are still lingering on on that 8-0 overseas defeat. This team is completely transformed. Also it is highly unfair to blame these new guys for that failure. That was the phase in which few legends were playing their last matches of career and it happens. I mean how can you blame Kohli, Rohit Sharma, pujara, or dhawan for that. And to say know that they will fail is just an assumption. Who knows, they might add another trophy as they did in champions trophy despite heavy and unnecessary criticism.

  • linguboy on November 7, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @Harry31j: Could You please also provide the names of the batsman played for India played in those overseas tours(Whitewashed 8-0)???? Wasn't it the Greats who failed to deliver??? Nobody in the current team played more than 20 tests except Dhoni and Sachin. And with Sachin retiring soon I think we will have a new team with no experience playing overseas. Any team will find it difficult at test level without experience while playing overseas.So please give these guys and this team some time to settle down and once they have that experience they will perform well overseas too. Give them space and time and don't hound them after a series failure. Please be a little bit optimistic.

  • sgbhatcar on November 7, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I am very happy for Rohit Sharma. With the exit of Dravid, Laxman and now Tendulkar, we can use all the that we can find! Hope he continues to use his immense talent, to help India, for a while. With Shikhar Dhawan, Kohi, Pujara in fine nick, the future really looks good. We now need to find some good bowlers!!!

  • Harry31j on November 7, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist & @rajatmehra, For your information I'll provide list of non-subcontinent centurians on India tour (for last 3-4 yrs so that you won't sing songs about India's past achievements, we all know Ganguli's team was very good, here we are talking about India's recent decline overseas): Clarke for aus Peterson, Cook, Trott for Eng Chander, Bravo, Samuels for Windies Amla, Smith, Kallis, de Villiers for SA This is the list that I told you straight off my tongue, you may add to it other names. Of these centuries of Peterson Cook Amla weren't small either, they're huge. I'm indian & I'm providing this list because I don't want Ind to fall into false belief about our superiority. We should compare ourselves against excellence not mediocrity. We MUST be able to score centuries outside India, otherwise it's going to be whitewash on away tours again.

  • rajatmehra on November 7, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas_Atheist: I toally agree with you. When English/Australian/Safrican batsmen are bamboozled on rank turners we are accused of preparing dustbowls and wickets not fit for cricket. What people forget is the fact tthat batting on a dustbowl is also as fitting an examination of batsmanship as batting on a pacy Perth/Wanderers and other non-subcontinental wickets.

  • rajatmehra on November 7, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    This is just awesome batting from RS. With Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and MSD also batting superbly, I feel the golden days of Indian batting, circa early 2000's, are coming back. Well played boys.

  • yoohoo on November 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @Stel En - I think its too early to look at averages for Virat. It is skewed a little because his first 6 tests he didn't perform well. All his 4 centuries have come in the last 12 tests. His second innings 75 in perth, and century in adelaide in india's disastrous Australia tour are pretty good indications of his talent. Regarding ODIs, I would say look at his centuries in Hobart and Cardiff (since you don't think cricket in subcontinent should be considered as cricket).

  • Naresh28 on November 7, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @kuldeep1109 - You are so right. Lets enjoy the present of Rohit Sharma. WI paceman are not mugs with the ball. They have good paceman in the bucketful. Rohit , Dhoni and Ashwin withstood it all today.

  • raghu.vrm on November 7, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    While batting WI couldn't take advantage from good position by scripting own dramatic collapse. But Shami who bowled brilliantly in his first match to take four wickets did his part in that collapse.

    And while bowling they were in strong position with India struggling at 83/5. But again they failed to take advantage. Shillingford who bowled well at the start was given a long extended spell and it gave the batsmen time to watch him and rock back to defend him. And when there is a partnership Sammy didn't take the new ball immediately when nothing is happening with the old ball.

    But having said, I think Rohit and Dhoni negotiated that tricky little period really well and Rohit continued his long-awaited debut innings with touch of class and elegance along with assured batting of Ashwin. Congrats to Rohit for a well-deserved century. Now India are very much in the driver's seat and a good first session tomorrow would give a sizable lead for India to bowl out WI under that lead.

    And finally, disappointed with Sachin's lbw decision. I would love to see him bat longer. But that's been his career I guess with wrong decisions, great batting performances and completely filled with emotions.

  • yoohoo on November 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    @amazing_ankur - Narine was not picked for this series since the WI felt shillingford and Permaul were better than him. He is not injured or anything, he was just dropped since he was not good enough in tests.

    @Bill Tremail - It is a very common mistake made to keep comparing them to some greats like sachin/dravid. Just like every aussie spinner keeps getting compared to warne. How is that helping aus? Rohit is a different batsman, and everyone who has played with him vouches for his talent, so why not give him the benefit of the doubt after he has hit a 127* on a very difficult spinning pitch against a reasonably good international bowling attack (where even sachin was getting troubled by the spin..)?

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    'kuldeep 1109' fully agree with your thoughts. Let us rejoice in Rohit's current achievement.

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    A superbly written article, masterly crafted like Rohit and sentimental too! Hats Off

  • CherryWood_Champion on November 7, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @Stel En: Top Eng/SA/Aus bowlers have a good average on Green tops and a dismal average on Sub continent pitches ... (barring greats like Marshall/Hadlee/Steyn) .... does that mean they have special advantage and hence good bowling averages ? You should be out of your mind to look on only one side of the coin. btw ... if Indian wickets are high scoring what about the other foreign batsmen on these same pitches ? let me guess the pitches magically turn into a scoring pitch ... sigh .. you and your analysis.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 7, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    What an inning from Rohit! Take a bow! Wait a minute. The usual suspects will be out in full flow to say that he has to score a century on uber-pacy tracks. Never mind the fact that none of the non-subcontinent players scored a century on rank-turners in India. Hypocrisy!

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Sachin scores 10 and Ashwin about to score a century. Is Sachin playing as a bowler? Or am I missing something here ?

  • Hitman0211 on November 7, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    its been long time coming..waited 3 years to see Rohit in white's and he delighted me with century and shut the critics mouth.

  • ProdigyA on November 7, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Happy for Rohit and Ashwin. Good to see Ashwin contribute with the bat but I hope he does not take it too seriously and forget his main role in the team, which is to be the strike spin bowler and to take wickets in loads. Exactly what went wrong with Bhajji. In the later years, he was contributing with the bat more than the ball.

    In the meantime, hope he scores a century and Rohit a double and bat WI out of the game.

  • pvwadekar on November 7, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Congrats to Rohit on such an important knock on his Test debut. With 5 wickets down, he was under lots of pressure from the WI team and also the indian fans and he has delivered magnificently. Hopefully he can perform well abroad as well.

  • Naresh28 on November 7, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    There was even a moment when Greg Chappell spoke highly of this guy. If Pujara can get into his groove then we can have a lot of stability in our test team. We have Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara and Kohli. Another to look out for will be Manpreet Juneja.

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    He really played very well yesterday, very assuring, never saw him so composed before.

  • Naresh28 on November 7, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Ever since I saw Rohit hit a century in a T20, I knew that this guy belonged to all formats of the game. His shots were special on that day. The bowlers were high class on that day. His timing, grace, confidence were all there. I began to have doubts when he continually failed and fans had written him off. Somewhere deep in me I knew that one good innings would lift this guy. Today the opposition fears him.

  • amygdala on November 7, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Relief! That describes, more than any other word, the emotion that Rohit's innings evoked today. IMHO, the most elegant and perhaps gifted batsman who has emerged in last decade or two... he was like a gifted child wasting his time in petty pastimes before destiny woke him up. I just hope his eyes are wide open to his own potential now. Well played young man... the critics never stop even after someone hits a 100 centuries so dont care about them. Just paint the canvas like the artist you have been. Best of Luck for a glittering career. And well played, Ashwin too.

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    CAB did not deserve to host Sachins swan song series.... Look at the crowd.. and they are claiming that tickets have been sold out an dalso giving stupid excuses like Early start etc.... Nonsense ... chennai would have been a better venue atlest for sake of SRT and the crowds...

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    one mumbai son is setting the other one rising what a time chosen to get a test cap from SRT

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Love Rohit. He is the most perfect batsmen I have seen. When he failed I was disappointed. But now when he is succeeding, I am elated. He was right when he said, others were probably more frustrated at his failures than he himself was. At least I was one among them...

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Virat Kohli test average 41. (very low for top order batsman) ODI average 51 (Very high for a top order ODI batsman).

    Indian batsmen have a special advantage since wickets are high scoring so they can get a high average

  • kuldeep1109 on November 7, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @amazing_ankur: Why is it that whenever an Indian batsman gets a century in Indian conditions, immediately everyone is pouncing on him about the real test being in Australia, NZ and SA? People should learn to just live in the present and appreciate the current performance. Also, you are talking about West Indies not having a quality bowler. Yet, they had India down at 83 for 5!!! Rohit could have so easily gotten out early too. On the other hand, on debut, fresh from a blazing ODI series, he seamlessly switched gears to Test cricket and got India into a potentially winning position. Please give him his due for that and stop piling on the 'His real test will be in Australia,...' comments. Time will tell, yes. That will be a real test, yes. However, there is still time for it and we should just learn to first appreciate the present!!!

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    rohit the man in form we should have brought have earlier than rahane

  • gudolerhum on November 7, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Wonderful to see someone who is so deserving of the success finally achieve and in such a glorious style and occasion. May he have a long and successful career now that he has finally been given his time in the sun.

  • naudurivsm on November 7, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Go ROHIT Go!!. Watch out folks. Another 'wall' or 'Dada' in the making. This is very Good news for team India.

  • SnowSnake on November 7, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Good test pitch. Both fast bowlers and spinners got something out of the pitch. I would say it is an ideal test pitch.

  • aditya.pidaparthy on November 7, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I've lost track of the number of times I've felt and argued with countless people that Sharma was really a long form batsman who style of batsmanship is less suited to Limited Overs. There is always the need to keep the scoreboard ticking in limited overs which I often felt muddled up his thinking. Not to mention the fact that he was shunted around the batting order before this year never getting a stable slot which he could call home. The way he approaches batting is similar to Sehwag and his domestic figures are testament to it where his first class record surpasses his List A record. Here without the constant need to keep taking singles he could leave balls at will and not worry about the scoreboard focussing on waiting for the loose balls which has served him excellently in First Class and has done so here too. Now I am just waiting for Rahane and Jadeja to come good similarly in test matches.

  • GRVJPR on November 7, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @amazing_ankur I want to see same from Australian, New zealnad, South african and england batsmen on 4th and 5th day in India. Let's judge both by same set of standards.

  • on November 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Please dont say India found Tendulkar/Dravid replacement in Rohit Sharma. He is far from that.

  • on November 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Sometime that hunger to achieve something that you have always wanted but somehow had to wait for long long time...can do wonders... Finally ROHIT arrives at test cricket...and in style.. Hope he continues to give justice to his talent... Along with him there are lot of cricket lovers are relieved.. Just nice to see graceful batsman doing that... all the best #hitman

  • amazing_ankur on November 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Very good description of the Rohit's feeling.....But his real test will be in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa pitches.....Westindies don't have any quality bowler and without Narine there attack is toothless....

  • amazing_ankur on November 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Very good description of the Rohit's feeling.....But his real test will be in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa pitches.....Westindies don't have any quality bowler and without Narine there attack is toothless....

  • on November 7, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Sometime that hunger to achieve something that you have always wanted but somehow had to wait for long long time...can do wonders... Finally ROHIT arrives at test cricket...and in style.. Hope he continues to give justice to his talent... Along with him there are lot of cricket lovers are relieved.. Just nice to see graceful batsman doing that... all the best #hitman

  • on November 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Please dont say India found Tendulkar/Dravid replacement in Rohit Sharma. He is far from that.

  • GRVJPR on November 7, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @amazing_ankur I want to see same from Australian, New zealnad, South african and england batsmen on 4th and 5th day in India. Let's judge both by same set of standards.

  • aditya.pidaparthy on November 7, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    I've lost track of the number of times I've felt and argued with countless people that Sharma was really a long form batsman who style of batsmanship is less suited to Limited Overs. There is always the need to keep the scoreboard ticking in limited overs which I often felt muddled up his thinking. Not to mention the fact that he was shunted around the batting order before this year never getting a stable slot which he could call home. The way he approaches batting is similar to Sehwag and his domestic figures are testament to it where his first class record surpasses his List A record. Here without the constant need to keep taking singles he could leave balls at will and not worry about the scoreboard focussing on waiting for the loose balls which has served him excellently in First Class and has done so here too. Now I am just waiting for Rahane and Jadeja to come good similarly in test matches.

  • SnowSnake on November 7, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Good test pitch. Both fast bowlers and spinners got something out of the pitch. I would say it is an ideal test pitch.

  • naudurivsm on November 7, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Go ROHIT Go!!. Watch out folks. Another 'wall' or 'Dada' in the making. This is very Good news for team India.

  • gudolerhum on November 7, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Wonderful to see someone who is so deserving of the success finally achieve and in such a glorious style and occasion. May he have a long and successful career now that he has finally been given his time in the sun.

  • on November 7, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    rohit the man in form we should have brought have earlier than rahane

  • kuldeep1109 on November 7, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @amazing_ankur: Why is it that whenever an Indian batsman gets a century in Indian conditions, immediately everyone is pouncing on him about the real test being in Australia, NZ and SA? People should learn to just live in the present and appreciate the current performance. Also, you are talking about West Indies not having a quality bowler. Yet, they had India down at 83 for 5!!! Rohit could have so easily gotten out early too. On the other hand, on debut, fresh from a blazing ODI series, he seamlessly switched gears to Test cricket and got India into a potentially winning position. Please give him his due for that and stop piling on the 'His real test will be in Australia,...' comments. Time will tell, yes. That will be a real test, yes. However, there is still time for it and we should just learn to first appreciate the present!!!