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Failures in ODIs frustrating - Rohit Sharma

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October 11, 2012

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Rohit Sharma hits out during his unbeaten 55, England v India, World Twenty20, Group A, Colombo
Rohit Sharma says that he has been working hard to repay the faith shown in him by the team management © Getty Images
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Rohit Sharma, who has endured a torrid time in ODIs this year, is hopeful of translating his success in Twenty20s to longer formats of the game. Rohit is presently in South Africa for the Champions League T20, where he will be one of the mainstays of Mumbai Indians' batting.

"I enjoy my stints in Twenty20. I sincerely hope I can adapt this to one-day cricket too, and do what I manage to do in T20," Rohit told the Times of India. "I have succeeded in this format regardless of conditions, batting order and any other factors. I hope it rubs off on other formats too."

In 13 ODIs in 2012, Rohit has scored 164 runs with only one half-century - 68 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. His worst performance came during India's one-day series in Sri Lanka, where he managed 13 runs from five innings.

"I've opened the batting, batted at numbers 3, 4, 7... I have batted wherever I have been asked to," he said. "I am not giving any excuses here and since I'm supposed to be a professional, I'm anyway not allowed such excuses. The tours of Australia and Sri Lanka were disappointing and I also agree I struggled there. As frustrating as it has been for everybody, it's much more frustrating for me."

Hailed as one of best batting talents in the world, Rohit's lack of form has invited criticism, with his detractors questioning his temperament and his casual approach. Rohit said he tries to stay away from it and maintains his focus on his game.

"Of course it hurts. If I was an opener, it would've given me time to go out there and figure things out. I don't want to say I'm a top-order batsman or I'd specifically like to be one. I will bat wherever I am asked to. Yuvraj has been a classic example. He used to bat at No. 6, No. 7 when he first came into the Indian team. Gradually, he started batting up the order and runs started coming. Some day I too will learn to deal with it and work my way."

Rohit's place in the squad came under pressure after repeated failures in the Sri Lanka series, more so, as another young batsman - Manoj Tiwary - waited in the wings. The team management, however, continued to play Rohit ahead of Tiwary, arguing that dropping a player of his calibre could be damaging to his confidence.

"I have got tremendous support from my team-mates and captain," Rohit said. "I must have done something right in the past for which I am getting this kind of support. Nobody will back you just like that. And believe me, I'm putting in a lot of effort to repay that faith."

Rohit said he has been working hard on his fitness, an area he didn't understand much when he made his debut five years ago, but now follows a set regime.

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Posted by   on (October 14, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

He's just an ordinary player who cannot even score big against teams like Bangladesh just look at the stats in his profile :)

Posted by Aravind_always on (October 14, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

It's even more frustrating for us to see u bat..

Posted by binojpeter on (October 13, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

I believe Rohit will benefit a lot once he starts playing Test cricket. Kohli's batting improved a lot once he started playing Test cricket.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 13, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Quite frankly the onus is on Rohit. He should stop talking and work on fitness, defence etc. Things that make great players great. For now the Indian team ARENA is not for EXPERIMENTING. When it comes to batting he should look at examples of Laxman, Dravid, Sachin and Kholi

Posted by   on (October 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

drop Dhoni from team rohit will get dropped autopmatically

Posted by   on (October 12, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

RAHANE , YUSUF,JADEJA,THIVARY,Shigar dhavan........ Lot of youngsters are waiting for a chance in our team.............. But he(ROHIT) still hanging in our team.....

I dont know why dhoni is giving more chance to rohith?...........

Realyy he shoud go to home and prepare for a come back..........

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (October 12, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

I hope Rohit goes back to 4 day domestic/international cricket, even some English county cricket and develops more solidity and consistency. Also hope that he works on the mental aspects like determination, tenacity and skills to manage his innings. I agree with others who pointed in this section that this will improve his chances of getting selected to the test team and that is the place for him to improve his skills. You need to be exposed to cricket at its highest level, and of course international test cricket is the place to be for that. Also, it is a sort of a failure of the cricket administration and coaching and analysis staff to some extent that he is having to express that he is at a loss for the poor performance in the ODIs. This perhaps hurts his confidence. A few solid innings from him and it is possible to redeem himself. I personally will be happy to see this, just as happy as I am to see Kohli establish himself so well.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (October 12, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

I am surprised that a long time cricket follower like Nampally can find a debate on the meaning of the word 'class' and its misuse by writers amusing. Incidentally,I myself have seen Sobers in 1959 when he came with the team led by Gerry Alexander..I agree with him that Sobers and the others he has mentioned were/are all great batsmen, and they have 'class' but I find his definition of 'class' too generalistic and vague.It simply does not bring out in cricketing terms what class is all about. Curiously,the word 'class' was never used by the doyens of cricket writing and commentating like Arlott,and Johnston or writers like Cardus,Keating Robinson and Swanton. This word has been used mostly by our writers when they want to serve up accolades thoroughly bereft of knowledge. So it is that " he is pure class" the phrase comes up at pften.It is quite amusing --- and actually so--- to hear it because it betrays ignorance of the nuances of this game by its user.

Posted by vinaykmr on (October 12, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

kohli was given half the chances of what rohit has been getting, but still kohli has excelled to become consistent n terrifying batsman. enough of chances to rohit. there r many talentd cktrs than this so-called talent.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

He got plenty of chances. It's time to drop him and let him discover his "talent" in Ranji Trophy. There are other qualified youngsters dying to play for India. Why can't we give a chance to the likes of Dhawan, Rahane, Uthappa, and Tiwary?

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