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Rohit enjoying his 'best phase in international cricket'

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July 15, 2013

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Rohit Sharma drives over cover, West Indies v India, West Indies tri-series, Kingston, June 30, 2013
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Rohit Sharma, the India batsman, has said he is relishing opening the batting for India in one-day cricket. The consistent run he had all through the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in West Indies, he said, was his most satisfying phase in international cricket so far.

"I am enjoying my new role as an opener. That I have been successful and my contribution has helped the team's cause makes it even more satisfying," Rohit told PTI in an interview. "From the point of view of consistency, this has certainly been my best phase as an international cricketer."

Rohit, who usually bats in the middle order, was bumped up to open in the last two ODIs of the home series against England in January after the out-of-form Virender Sehwag was dropped and Ajinkya Rahane failed to grab his chance. He began with 83 off 93 balls in Mohali and has opened in all India's ODIs since, averaging 43.72 in 12 games. In the West Indies, he produced scores of 60, 5, 46, 48* and 58 in difficult batting conditions. And the move seems to be working for India too, as they have won nine of those 12 games and all three tournaments.

The ODI opener's role has changed with the introduction of the rule by which two new balls are used, Rohit said, but he has the technique to succeed. "The role with two new balls coming into play is different. It's no longer going after the bowling from the word go. There are a few shots that should be avoided during the initial overs.

"But I was always confident about my technique. The opener's job is specialised one, but I always knew that I could hold my own if I am given an opportunity at the top of the order. The innings of 83 against England wasn't the best but proved to be a morale booster for me."

India's next one-day series is against Zimbabwe, beginning July 24.

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Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Reading over these comments gives an impression that lot of indian fans are not over yet sehwag and gambhir dropping out of indian Team..and they keep comparing rohit with them ..as rohit said The new odi rules of two new balls needs a opener who can dig in deep and press a case for hard hitting middle order to build up on the base and we do have a more profilic opener in dhawan ..so i rather have india 35 or 40/0 in 10 overs then 60/3 .....

Posted by Fan01 on (July 19, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Federer,M.Schumacker,Ronaldo(Brazil),Zidane,Valentino Rossi and Sachin..Guess you guys understand what i mean!!!!!!!!!

Posted by mahi678 on (July 19, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, what ever conditions u said would cause problems for rohit; which he alrady faced in west indies and stood up tall. it shows he is beest fit for tests as openeer. shika and rohit could make excellent openers for tests.

Posted by mahi678 on (July 19, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

best performer for india in tri series is rohit and bhuvi next. rohit took lot of courage to stand up in difficult conditions of west indies. that too initial overs is very tought to face.

Posted by Rohit... on (July 19, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

@ alarky : Either you lack entire knowledge or are being biased...It is easy to be biased in favor of Dhoni as he is delivering miracles but you must be right when you compare him to SRT... Dhoni's weakness against new ball is known to all opposition... Even to Dhoni himself... Check how many times he has fared against the new ball in Tests... Even if India is about to declare, Dhoni won't go against the new ball and will wait for 10-15 overs before he starts firing.... He has seldom fared well when he comes to bat when a ball has been changed... Even in ODIs, he will come to bat at 7 or 8 when there is a top order collapse... I won't blame Dhoni for this as he can make it up with the old ball...But comparing him to SRT and saying that Dhoni can bat at any position is totally absurd...Please make some research before you claim anything... Or else Dhoni will lose SRT's fans b'coz of useless Dhoni's fans like you.

Posted by alarky on (July 18, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

pratait, don't underestimate the great man Mohinda Singh Dhoni. He can bat at any position, on any wicket in the world, with success. You make your kind of comment for SRT who showed that he can only bat at No.4 in test matches and No.1 in ODIs!

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 18, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Rohit has great batting gifts commonly acknowledgly by experts and fans. His production this year has been very good. This will give him an opportunity to open the ODIs for the rest of the year. He is an easy choice for any of the overseas trips. It is hard to see who can compete with him on pacy and bouncy tracks. On swinging wickets as well, with two new balls, these past two series he showed how best to play the opener's role. Keeping wickets in hand and at the run rate appropriate for the wicket the match was being played on was very important. He did that consistently. Folks complaining about his run rate in the last series perhaps have not seen the matches completely. He showed he can play a very different role to what he had in the past in the ODIs. That flexibility points to a batting genius. His fielding is excellent as well with a natural gift for it and excellent athleticism.

Posted by Fan01 on (July 18, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

We are very good in ODI but we need to prove ourselves in Test matches especially in SA,AUS,NZ & ENG where ball dictates the bat...And if I see the last 3 year away game stats, our batsmen looks very ordinary except few..Upcoming SA series is going to be very tough for our young batsmen and having gambhir in Test Squad is a good option cos we all know what happened to M.Vijay,Kohli,Dhoni and Pujara during last SA tour..Steyn kicked them all!!!

Posted by Fan01 on (July 18, 2013, 1:27 GMT)

It's a joke to call Rohit as failure for not scoring centuries!!! He is consistent at the top and that's what India needs..And for bashers, guys give break..When Virat lost match aganinst SL, most criticized him.when Dhoni is playing for CSK, everyone bashing him..when Dhoni makes some decision and if it get failed,again bashing.. You guys want to bash all the time and you people want every player to score 100 and pick 5 wicks all the time..pathetic!!! Even the great Bradman scored 0 in his last innings when he needs 1 run to make his test average above 100!!

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (July 17, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Agree with @pratit - In South Africa, England or Australia there is no need for 2 spinners. The allrounder in the side, if any, has to be a pace-bowling one. Neither Dhoni, nor Jadeja, nor Raina is good enough to bat at no.6 in South Africa against that bowling line up. It makes sense to give Rohit a chance, especially when he is in good touch. Selectors should get rid of over the hill 40 year old superstars who were great in their prime, but now are a burden on this team.

Posted by pratit on (July 17, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

@wolf777- As if Jadeja could have made a difference in that Lord's test.

In South Africa, England or Australia there is no need for 2 spinners and hence the allrounder in the side, if any, has to be a pace-bowling allrounder. Since Jadeja isn't, it is much better to have a specialist no.6 batsman. Neither Dhoni, nor Jadeja or Raina is good enough to bat at no.6 in South Africa against that bowling line up. So, it is reasonable to give Rohit a go.

Posted by HawK89 on (July 17, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

The way he plays his ODI, he will only be an ODI player. Too bad, he looked to be a good test player, but T20 has changed his ways on playing too many loose shots and on the up. No longer looks composed or solid at the crease. Still got plenty of time, hope he can still turn it around for a test spot.

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 17, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

People should not expect 100's in ODI's from Rohit every time he goes out to bat. His contributions have been good enough for team victories. Everyone is different. We should not expect him to score like Sachin did in Odi's at the start of his career. I feel its all about building a strong opening partnership. India have been doing this well under Dhoni.

Posted by OkyaBokya on (July 17, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Too much Rohit bashing. It has become habit for them. Bash him, no problem at all but bash for valid reasons. You can always bash him for not scoring centuries but at the same time you should applaud his recent consistency. Many people seem to have problem with his strike rate but if you have watched the matches where many scores were in the range of 200-230, this strike is justifiable with avg over 54. He kept getting opportunities despite not being consistent because people at the top have confidence in him to succeed, he has scored runs at domestic level when he was out of the team. He has a long way to go to cement his place. This 1.5 year may just provide him good opportunity. Score big and score at crunch. All the best!

Posted by nmn11 on (July 17, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

Rohit to me is one of the most complete batsman around. He has got all what it takes to be there apart from the lack of temperament which he seems to be dealing well with, at least for now. The thing which separates him from the rest is the calmness he brings to the fore. He looks surprisingly at ease even against the best of bowlers on some of the fastest pitches in the world. I guess this is one reason why the Indian Team management has persisted with him. He adds a whole new dimension to the team in this department. He may not have the best stats but stats dont count for much if you have the will and the potential. After Sachin and Dravid, he is probably the only batsman, whose shots come with a tag of WOW written all over it. Hopefully he makes this opportunity count and repay the faith of millions. Go Rohit go!

Posted by jainmanu on (July 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

For the ODI series in Zimbabwe... Pujara should be tried in opening position as he has the right technique for facing new ball.. and Rohit Sharma should come one down.

ODI: (1) Dhawan (2) Pujara (3) Rohit (4) Kohli (5) Raina (6) Dhoni (7) Jadeja... TEST: (1) Dhawan (2) Vijay (3) Pujara (4) Rohit (5) Kohli (6) Rayudu (7) Dhoni ...

Posted by   on (July 17, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

Rohit should play test cricket at no 6, especially in S Africa. ODI is not the best genre for him. He is lucky to get so many chances in ODIs, but VERY VERY unlucky that Raina & Yuvraj (first class avg below 50) got so many repeat chances in test cricket ahead of him (first class avg above 60) finally making his test debut.

Posted by PrathameshYamgar on (July 16, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

Bring back Dravid because the great man only had two series where he faltered, dravid and pujara complement well each other

in tests outside india

Dhavan, Vijay, Dravid, Pujara, Virat, Dhoni, Jadega, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Umesh, Ishant should be the line up for tests

in tests in india

dhavan, vijay, dravid, pujara, virat, dhoni, jadega, ashwin, mishra, bhuvi, ishant

three spinners in indian conditions are always a must.

in odis in india

dhavan, rohit, virat, kartik, yuvraj, raina, dhoni, jadega, ashwin, bhuvi, ishant, reason is there is no need of a third pacer in sub continent conditions

in odis outside india

same team, just replace yuvraj with a pace bowler

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

Rohit's Zimbabwe Series could mean a possible Test debut in South Africa, depending how he fares. With a first-class average of over 60, he should have made his Test debut a while back, regardless of his ODI stats. Two completely different formats cannot speak for each other.

Take Suresh Raina - experienced finisher/aggressive striker in ODIs, but very poor in Test cricket. I feel the longer format is more suited for Rohit Sharma, and a very good series in Zimbabwe may lead to a Test debut later this year in SA!

Fingers crossed, and the best thing we have seen about Rohit is that he is taking his place seriously than before now, digging in and fighting it out. Although his strike rate is not impressive, his temperament - a long lost ability of his - is gradually building up and getting better. Should work on converting those 40s and 50s and 60s to 80s and 90s at least, if not centuries.

Posted by wolf777 on (July 16, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

@ pratit No 6 spot belongs to an allrounder…Jandeja is filling that spot nicely. No need to interrupt the balance. What happens if one of the bowlers gets injured on the first day of a Test Match as did Zaheer Khan at Lord's? Try to at least draw with only three bowers? That is ridiculous. I remember the farce at Lord's couple of years ago. I captain a club side at times and when I am short of regular bowlers, part-timers cannot shoulder the load. In Test cricket you are dealing with batsmen who are far more talented than what my part-timers have to deal with…

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 16, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

gilchrist (avg: over 35 with strike rate 96+ after around 250 ODIs) & sehwag (avg: around 34-35 with strike rate around 105 i.e. over run-a-ball!!) -- they r that's why true champions & are two the all time legends and also VIV in even mid 70's & 80's when he played has an avg 47 with strike rate 90+ in close to 200 ODIs (187)..when strike rate was not so important in ODIs (so many had 55-65 strike rate in 70's and 80's).. sachin we all know almost 45 avg after 463 ODIs!! 18426 runs with 86+ strike rate.. so even ROHIT wants to become a good ODI batsman atleast, (forget abt getting close to them), he needs to have around 37-38 avg atleast with atleast 80-82 strike rate.. an avg of 32-33 is only some sort of goodish avg when u score them @90+ atleast if not 95 or 100 like sanath or viru or gilly...... KOHLI on right track atleast till date avg @ 49 with 86+ strike rate after 100+ ODIs. even if he(VIRAT) maintains 42-43 avg in his rest career he will overall be 45 atleast with 86-87+ S/R

Posted by wolf777 on (July 16, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Meanwhile, how many careers were sacrificed? Take examples of Manoj Tiwari and Cheteshwar Pujara. Despite consistent failures Nohit was given repeated chances while Manoj Tiwari was always in and out no matter what he does. Pujara is still to make his debut for the fear that he will overshadow Nohit. Compare Nohit;s performance in Challenger Trophy to that of Pujara's and decide who warranted selection for Champion's Trophy. Vijay scored more runs than Nohit in practice matches; still, Nohit plays and no place for Vijay in the lineup? Create an opener out of him; but, somehow keep him in the team. No matter what Nohit plays till he scores some runs and somehow justifies his inclusion. Now that he has scored few runs, he is crowing around the town. Big deal. There are many other talented players in the India who would have turned out match-winners many times over had they been given as many chances. Somehow; however, Nohit Sharma is more equal than others…

Posted by PeterJerome on (July 16, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has been extremely fortunate to be in the hands of good leadership. Or else he would have buried and written off long time ago. Even I used to get irritated at the sight of him getting another chance everytime. Life has been very generous to you buddy. But now since he seem to have somewhat found the groove , he should take it as pay back time. The good thing abt the guy though is that he seems to be effortless at changing gears at will and is pleasing to the eye. Thanks for the recent entertainment Rohit and keep the champagne flowing.

Posted by pratit on (July 16, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Should be inducted into the no. 6 position in tests immediately. Having a much better first-class average than his List-A average, this is only logical. Having given him such a long rope in the ODIs, no reason why he can't be provided a few chances in test cricket. If anything, this West-Indies series has proven that he can survive in tough conditions.

Posted by satishchandar on (July 16, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

While i agree Rohit was very good in WI, he should focus more on how to build on that.. Usually, Rohit used to be good in phases.. He shouldn't be satisfied with 60s and 70s.. Should look to score more in 100s.. Yes the tracks he faced were tricky ones but he was still well settled and played poor shots to get out at crucial junctures.. Which are not good qualities of batsman in great form..

Come on Rohit.. Try to improve always and score more and more.. Especially, 100s.. 100s are the ones which will get you the test slot and not 50s and 60s..

Posted by srinideva on (July 16, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Dhoni is far better batsman than Rohit...so temperament is far more important than Talent...

Posted by adas963 on (July 16, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Anybody who is following the game for many years or have played any game even in college level knows the most important aspect of the game is the MENTAL part. Honestly I am very happy the way transition has happened from the 3-4 legends who were the face of Indian cricket for more than 15yrs or so. Dhoni definitely deserves lot of credit for that because he helps these young guys in terms giving them confidence. Rohit Sharma has everything that takes to become successful in international level but from now on he has to decide when to slow down when to attack etc. Like the Srilanka game of chasing 349 it never started from the first over itself. Even if Shikhar Dhawan has the world of confidence now he is still looking for Sharma's advice in the middle because of his experience. From now on between the both they have to decide when to take calculated risk!!! I am pretty sure it will come with experience.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

Rohit is a class player and talent wise perhaps he is the number one in Indian team but he lacks consistency.He has played some very good knocks in England and in west Indies.Infact his opening wicket partnership with Shikhar Dhaan was instrumental in giving victories in most of the matches.His class was never in doubt and that is why he was given ample opportunities by the selectors to prove his worth in international cricket.So far he has not given justice to his talent.He must know value of his wicket and stop playing casual shots.His consistency in big matches will definitely cement his place in the Indian team otherwise his place will always be ding dong

Posted by rohan34mca on (July 16, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

Good batsmen can be less talented, however they are aware of their limitations. A batsmen who is vastly talented & unaware of limitations is useless, period.

Posted by A.Ak on (July 16, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

Still yet to convert a start in to a big one?. May be he needs more time to settle in. Wait a min, as an opener he gets all 50 overs isnt it?

Posted by Jalz007 on (July 16, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

For Rohit to be consistent, he needs to prolong his form for a long time. Like how Ganguly, Tendulkar used to do so successfully as openers. Rohit's bane is that he has not done justice to his talent. For him to succeed in the long run, he has to string together good opening partnerships, give India a strong platform where the middle & lower order batsmen can built the innings....Only then he will remembered as a opening batsmen! Good luck Rohit Sharma!!!

Posted by Captain_Crick on (July 16, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

For the SA test series, India's batting arsenal with the addtion of Rohit etc looks promising though lacking in experience. It's the fast bowling department that needs some serious planning. Ishant isn't consistent enough and would be the target bowler for SA's batsman. The kumars - Bhuvi and Praveen should open the bowling to pick up early wickets. Both are proven good swing bowlers. Umesh could come in as one change. Ashwin and Jadeja should complete the bowling line up. The strategy should be to attack with Swing and Spin.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

I guess Rohit took lessons from Misbah. If everyone in Indian team bats cautiously like Rohit, everyone in the team can score 50+ runs and then what happens, India is going to lose the match. Bring back Gambhir and Zaheer. Zaheer would be helpful in the final overs.

If Rohit cannot accelerate his scoring rate, he has to be dropped!!!

Posted by srinideva on (July 16, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Generally Rohit and Sehwag over rated...hype #HERO

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Rohit sharma reminds me of sergio garcia whippy golf swing. Very erratic. It looks elegant but very inconsistent and lazy move. I do not think rohit sharma is fit for anything. He will lose his chances again. What it say is you need god father in BCCI circle to get chance to play for india even if u mess up as often as rohit sharma. I wonder why we do not give chances to under 19 players. I rather give chance to unmukt chand more.

Posted by srinideva on (July 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

@anver777, Are you kidding me? that is all over friend....I don`t think the selectors go back and select him for any international, even current opening combination flop like gambhir and sehwag did for last 2 years. Better we give chance to the young players rather than sehwag..he did his job well in 2011..carrer over..Gambhir have a chance..I never believe in experience kind of stuff...Anyone can do a job if there is proper guidance.

Posted by moBlue on (July 16, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

some fans of rohit in the past wanted him to replace VVS in test cricket in oz! ...which to me would have been sacrilegious!!! rohit is steadily improving as a cricketer - in ODI's, mind you! - but test cricket is a different league all together! i am not sure that rohit has the game for test cricket outside the subcontinent. VVS was a matchwinner both in oz and in SA - check out stats in the cricinfo archives if you don't believe me! i wish rohit well but i am not convinced he can survive in test cricket against steyn, philander, morkel and kallis. even the patient and gritty pujara who is light-years ahead of rohit in test cricket - in terms of both technique and temperament - struggled in SA the last time around... when VVS won the second test for IND (along with bhajji's bowling)...

Posted by anver777 on (July 16, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Is this the end of Shewag's ODI career ? if Rohit continues this bright form then poor Veeru's comeback is very gloomy..... on the other hand Dhawan's rich form is also blocking Veeru's one time permanent opening partner Gambhir !!!!

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

As a fan of rohit sharma, i am glad 2 see an article dedicated 2 him, but this intense media scrutiny & spot light on his performance has put enormous pressure on him. But i must say this bloke has handled criticism on his chin.One things for sure for all d spectators, selectors, players, commentators, journalists- U may hate rohit, u may like rohit, but u cannot ignore rohit.

Posted by Capricorn60 on (July 16, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

He has always had the talent but the way he grafted & fought for his runs on difficult wickets in the recent Tri series shows a maturity in his batting now & so deserves to continue opening for the ODI team. He clearly has the talent to switch gears as necessary & with Dhawan the swashbuckler as his opening partner, they compliment each other very well. From what I can see, the big scores are just around the corner for him!

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

I don't know why people create such a furore about strike rate of Rohit. The strike rates of 60 in West indies and england are not such a bad thing considering he stayed on the wicket for more than 30 overs. For any team, if its openers stay on the wicket for such a good time and negotiate the new ball is the best thing. obviously, we would have loved to see him score a big hundred, but it can't be denied that his contributions at top helped the team win in difficult conditions. His shot selection has improved tremendously in last few innings. We can see his resolve to stay on the wicket. All he needs to do now is to improve his conversion rate and he can turn out to be India's biggest asset.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

With the new rules, It is important for Openers to Survive the early threat from the bowlers, where ball does something in Pitches like West Indies, England etc. This lays foundation for the Middle and Lower Middle Order with the fire power India does have. I feel Rohit has done his job by surviving and providing consistent starts. Once you play matches in Sub-continent, where I feel new rule becomes favourable for Batsmen with the ball doing nothing much and with the new fielding restrictions, there comes the real Test of Some one's Strike rate and ability to hit Arial shots

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Sehwag never scores in England / SA / Wi. Rohit scored his runs in England and WI. They were very difficult conditions where all batsmen struggled. It would be foolish to compare shewag's strike rate in docile sub-continent wicket to Rohit's strike rate in England and WI

Posted by hotcric01 on (July 16, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

I agree with @ MigratingBirds.when you chase a 300+ or 350+ toatal you need a flashy openers who can score at least around 80 in first 10 overs to put pressure on opposition bowlers.That is why a team needs a Shewag,Gilchirist or Gayle type opener(even T.M Dilshan).Shewag on his day, is a free and natural hitter of the ball who can put doubts on opposition's mind.Current Indian openers don't have that quality but they have their own style of acceleration.But I don't think opposition bowlers see them as fearsome batsmen to ball.Anyway Dhawan will improve perhaps better than Shewag in near future.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

He's good but not best opening place should be for gautam or viru not for rohit. He play nearly a 10 over and make only 20 to 30, he given start. Not only solid start to just like dhawan or viru or gauti

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

its a good beginning for someone who used to be consistently dismissed in single digit scores batting at no. 5 or no.6..but he needs to convert his 50+ starts in to big hundreds..this conversion is what made sachin special and now making kohli india's best batsman..rohit is now showing lot of patience and temperament..previously while looking at his batting, one used to get the feeling that he lacks interest in batting..now he seems to be hungry to score runs. that's good for a start

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

He should overcome with his lazy shots after reaching 40-60 runs..need to concentrate to score big as he is a very talented player

Posted by vish2020 on (July 16, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

He is good but still we have someone better so why not try him.. Pujara needs to open

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 16, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

yes absolutely right @ MigratingBirds.. in high chase matches where the asking rate is 6+ or even 7 right from the very beginning,consistently performing & most of the time succeeding is the key to become a great ODI batsman particularly opener. everybody can't be sehwag or gilchrist.but if ROHIT needs to improve upon his strike rate as well which is decreasing day by day instead of going upwards since he is trying to score some runs on consistent basis unlike his career so far.. but when u play 50 over format particularly in 2013(not in early or mid 90's) where around 75 strike rate was considered very good.now-a-days so many good batsmen strike rate is over 80-85 at least if not 90+ and also a correction, ROHIT got his ODI career avg over 35 infact in around 70 ODI mark but since then fell miserably to around 30 now again 32.. his strike rate also came down from close to 80 to 76 mark now, may go 75 or below if he doesn't change his gear soon.. a package of 38-40 avg and 80+ S/R good

Posted by PrasanthPrabakar on (July 16, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

From My View, I can say Sehwag was lacking in patience throughout, whereas Rohit looks to be calm and he chooses his ball to hit, I guess both the openers approach are entirely different let Rohit play another couple of matches and certainly his average would decide his position, but more over including me waiting for Sehwag`s return to feel the heat, let's hope he`ll be back in good form.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

Rohith Sharma is the finest talent in India at the moment.. But i think he should be playing down the order and Pujara should take the role of opener..Because Pujara has the ability to find the gaps which is very essential in overs with fielding restrictions...So my line up is Pujara, Dhawan, Kohli, Rohith,Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvaneshwar, ZaheerKhan, Umesh Yadav...

Posted by Surajrises on (July 16, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

@Rao Vasu I totally agree with you mate. He is certainly not the best. After so many matches, Ajinkya Rahane is the one who deserves that place to be honest. The boy hasn't got his chances because too many people back this chap and make him overrated.

Posted by tony122 on (July 16, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has poor technique actually. He has no back foot play. He is gloating about pull/hook shots. they are his poorest shots. Only thing going for him is gift of timing the ball. He has drives and he hits on the up, with a little deviation he will get into trouble. Currently he is having a good run. But still is averaging around 35 in the last 3-4 months. When gong gets difficult he will average 15-20 and overall 28-29. Not good enough. In ODI he is okay but No way in tests.

Posted by Surajrises on (July 16, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

I got to say Rohit is playing it very smartly. He is just trying to tell selectors that keep me in this slot and I will perform. Lets see how he performs in the moving conditions at Zimbabwe. Yes he has showed in T20 games in South Africa that he can pull and smash the balls but 50 over is gonna be totally different in South Africa. And I believe he cannot keep getting the scores which he gets for Mumbai Indians in a T20 game. He has to make bigger scores and make sure that when Dhawan fails, he will take India to a good or at least a safe position with a good 90-100. He has to score 100s.

Posted by Knightriders_suck on (July 16, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

I have always felt, Rohit along with Sir is the most abused cricketer in india. I always remember the old sayong when Sachin was in team, "every innings he did not score a century, was considered a failure and if he did score a century and India lost it would still be a failure"

32 is pretty decent batting average and if he plays well it will go up. the guy gets placed besides Kohli and MS and every body expects him to perform similarly. Raina has been crash and burn for some time now and I do not see any calls for his head?

Bottomline is he was the most consistent batsman across the two last series. he did not make 100s but he made 50s. Do you want to drop him for somebody who makes 10s? Even god had a middling average while he was in middle order. Only after he started to open that his average increased. Rohit is talented and has recently showed willingness to grind it out. I say he has earned his spot for next two series.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

a few things are vital here in drawing any sortsbof conclusion about india hqving got an opener and ofcourse about the big hype talent of mr rohit sharma. 1. rohit has been least worst as opener of late for india. His predecessors were loose , atleast he has proven he can build a platform in tying conditions. no doubt in my mind selectors don't want to give up on rohit so he shall get more opportunities. interesting to see how he handles the pacy wickets after hanging on through the windies sluggish turfs. I am sure he ll cherish subcontinent pitches like all others especially after having done not bad abroad. 2. for sure he ll get shot at the indian test team. now und8a play next a test match against proteas in their den. wow not ginna be easy going for the lad. number 4 game I think suits him the best level. dhawan vijay pujara sachin rohit kohli dhoni should bar in first test though with aahwin kumar yadav and ishant..woq sounds so ordinary tge bowling attack in african conditions

Posted by Indian_Rule on (July 16, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

stilll we dont want a opener like him...his strike rate is worst....pujara will be a better option..

Posted by MigratingBirds on (July 16, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

Its too early to comment on Rohit's success as an opener. I have seen team struggling to chase high scoring matches in absence of swashbuckler. At the same time, it would not be fair to compare or look for someone to fill Sehwag's boot. He has his own class.

The only time India had to fight 300+ score in Ti-Series was against Srilanka, where India failed miserably. I will wait for high scoring match and his tactics to attack would then be tested, unless if he see himself as a strike rotators and build innings is different story for another day.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

He would be the best choice for india

Posted by ANI_CRIC_FUNDA on (July 16, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

It is so obvious that for a mediocre batsman in international level like ROHIT who was averaging around 30 after playing around 90 for INDIA, if in 12 matches he averages 44, it would be the "BEST PHASE" in his cricketing career so far.. now around 100 ODIs his average is over 32 for the first time in his ODI career..... if he ends up like playing 175-200 ODIs averaging around 33-34, he would have been considered a very much average or even below average ODI batsman, coz these days, ODI avg of 38-40 & Strike rate 80+ is bare minimum expected to become a good or above average ODI batsman and has played more than 175-200 ODIs atleast to maintain that combination.... there are a few batsmen we now see avging even 50 or more with 90+ strike rate (AB Devilliars, Amla, M Hussey etc..). So a "huge talent" is wasted so far in form of ROHIT as far as this indian batsman is concerned... he needs to maintain this consistency to boost his avg close to 40 when he will reach 200+ ODIs played for IND

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Rohit's place in then team is always a puzzle.As a cricket fan and observer, I feel, he is very lucky to be part of the team. Its a wonder if the qualities of a batsman required to be in team is either the average, strike rate and consistency or some rare display of two or three quality strokes in a match !!! Whenever he comes to bat there will be a narration by the commentators " Rohit Sharma, the young talent and promising player for the future" which may be confusing for the spectators, whether the talent is something which needs to be kept as a secret at somewhere hidden or to use when the situation demands ? He is just the representative of Mumbai Cricket association and nothing more.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Posted by VJ Desai on (July 15, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Unfortunate comment need to be rubbed out that Rohit Sharma playing for his place rather than for Team IND. He is compared here with Gambhir who had been seen for his selfish work last year well known to everybody but erased out of the memory. Had Rohit placed for him self, he would have been with at least 1 three figure in last 2 series. It should be noted that in the last series, Shikhar was not in prolific touch and batsmen from no. 3 to 5 were not able to accelerate the scores. He had lost wicket in the interest of the Team IND except final game where ball was almost shoot. Gambhir was exceptional till world cup but lost his rhythm totally after that. Moreover he had usual tendency of chasing outside off stump due to limited overs cricket for accelerating run which made him vulnerable getting out easily every time. He is nowhere near to his best and that is why he is struggling to get in team IND. I hope he will work this.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

finally rohit has found his rhythm back, he is a good all round player and technically better then any one in the team.. he showed some maturity in the WI tri series where he was fighting in difficult conditions with uneven bounce.. now let us see how he performs on SA bouncy pitches and Sub-Continental Flat pitches..

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 2:59 GMT)

I would say ROHIT may be Good in the past two ODI series but may not be the Best.We know not only he but all the players have the tecniniques.He has given so many chances when compared to other players.After so many chances finally he just found his rhythem as Opener.But needs to Score Quick Runs.I would say the Best Indian Openrs line up still would be..Sachin- Ganguly, Sachin-Sehwag and Sehwag-Gambir.They are the best Indian pair so far threatening the Opponents.If Rohit-Dawan has to come in the list need to Score some Quick runs as well rather than playing for pride.So far they are good considering their partnership in the recent series but need to Show some Glass.

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (July 16, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Indeed it was consistent, the most since Champions Trophy 2013 started. That 83 in Mohali was crucial for our win, as the other top order batsmen got out quickly and Rohit built a great innings. He was out on a dubious lbw call. He was Man of the Series in WI 2011 and now runner up for the Man of the Series (TRI Series 2013) and the highest scorer. This is excellent and consistent performance, especially when opening, with the new rules and on bowling friendly wickets. Longer innings will inevitably follow from him in ODIs, especially on good batting wickets. Rohit is a great asset . . . treasure him. . . and encourage him. I have no doubt that he will be selected for test cricket in the next two years or so and will likely do very well.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

We cant really judge from d 2 series. Let rohit play handful of matches to find himself suitable as an opener. Both dhawan and rohit need not fire at d start. Dhawan is ter for tat.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Well, it has been a moderate phase for Rohit. He batted ultra slowly in Eng & WI in the name of testing conditions & failed to capitalize his starts, a lot of 40s & 50s. Its ok so far considering his new job & his confidence but from now on wards he has to sustain & score more to pave his place in the team. Mind u he has replaced player like Virendra sehwag & gautam gambhir.. Both of them are big names & still can came back to the team at any time. Regarding test matches i think this boy is made for test matches specially in Australian or South African condition & he will enjoy batting at no. 5 or 6 there instead of raina or jadeja. After Sachin's retirement kohli will bat at 4 & rahane or rohit at no. 5 & 6 respectively, so i feel he still has a chance to bat in test... dont feel relxed rohit u have to bat a lot that that !

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (July 16, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

rohit has good technique, no one ever dobut about that. The problem is his temperment. Who knows, may be in the next series he would go back to his usual form that is his temperment. His strike very worst. Hah ha haa.

Posted by jango_moh on (July 16, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

wow, i see so many ppl comparing gambhir to rohit... r u serious?? in away conditions, rohit is way better... what we need is stability at the top of the innings, and that is what we've been getting... even in these recent odis, once the top order got out cheaply, it was very difficult for the middle order... im waiting for rohit to play in tests... he's got amazing technique against all type of bowlers... he can play at his own pace, i hope he gets his chance soon.... i would even go to the extent of starting his career in SA, and see if he can adapt!!!

Posted by mwater on (July 16, 2013, 1:31 GMT)

"He began with 83 off 93 balls in Mohali and has opened in all India's ODIs since, averaging 43.72 in 12 games." Where have these stats come from when cricinfo clearly states that he has opened (Position 1) in 12 games. Twice in 2011 against SA and 10 times in 2013 for an average of 38. If you consider position 1 & 2 as opening then his average drops further. 15 games altogether averaging 36.42

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

rohit always considered as a talent without temperment. the innings which he plays now even R Ashwin can play at the top. he played more than 100 matches in odi but still trying to prove he is good enough. special talent is none other than kohli. proved again and again. infact world crickey feat about him. in terms of records he overtakes. am sure sachin odi 100s will be over taken by kohli. rohit sharma now he feel his position is secured. but buddy there quite few other players much much better than him. any given day gambhir is terrific player than him. if we see records of indian batsman current situation he is the only guy who ave 30 or less .. rest all 36+ some are 40+ and couple of them 50+. still he can make it into the team means dhoni ans selectors hands on rohit sharma. whole india knows about this fact. and he thinks he earned the place. poor dinesh karthik though have better technique than rohit once gambhir into the team he will be kicked out. sorry for him.

Posted by alarky on (July 16, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Continued: paul_rocks, I guess you've never read anything about an Indian cricketer called Sachin Tendulkar! He played ODIs for 7 seven years and could only average 29.99 amd 6 years before he could score a 100! I am sure that Rohit has not done so badly to date. I don't think you all give Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman enough credit for providing SRT with the challenge that he needed to perform as a young batsman. He surely had to come up to their class if he wanted to stay in the team! We know the fans thought otherwise, but their figures in the early years of their combination proves this to be the truth!

Posted by mwater on (July 16, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Opened 12 times, highest score of 65 and an average of 38. What is he on about? Have the standards dropped so low now?

Posted by alarky on (July 16, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Rohit, please don't get too trapped into this so called "TECHNIQUE" ideology. You have everything that is necessary to make runs "for India". But you need to emulate no other tan your great Captain MS Dhoni - make runs when India needs them to stay on top of the cricket world! Hence, your focus always is to play for India and whatever you get from doing so for yourself will be more than gratifying. Dhoni is your best example in Indian cricket. Anything he does is for India; but as you see, by doing so, he is already out front as the greatest cricketer India has ever produced. Take your queue from MSD, the greatest! And, I am adamant that when you get into the real thing, "Test Cricket", everybody would see the real mettle I have been talking about for a few years now! MSD, back Rohit! You will not be disappointed!

Posted by jimbond on (July 16, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

This fact that he has technique should bring him into consideration in test series abroad. Else most of the Indian batsmen are bunnies for quick bowlers in SA, Aus, and England. Opener could be Dhawan and Gambhir, no. 3 and 5 Kohli or Pujara, Tendulkar - No. 4, Rohit Sharma at 6 and Dhoni at 7 and Ashwin at 8. Bhubaneswar Kumar at 9. Its a decent batting order. D Karthik and Vijay can at best be substitutes though I would be tempted to give a chance to someone likeRayudu ahead of these two.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (July 16, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

This series is very good for Zimbabwe cricket .....I think ICC should appreciate India ,they are going there to play cricket .It will give some life to ZIM cricker ..whatever the result be ..

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 16, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

He is another lucky player get million chances. He will be bust as opener also. because he lacks discipline.

Posted by Dhroovyash on (July 16, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

Rohit needs to be replaced by Vijay, or at least someone who has a decent strike rate. Yes he is consistent but his strike rate has never gone above 70 in the Tri-Series. Dhawan is doing his job as an opener. Gambhir and Sehwag are both better than Rohit.

Posted by   on (July 16, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

I am a big fan of this guy but still feels that he isnt the opener that india is looking for, though he is scoring well these days. You cant imagine chasing big without the starts of the likes of sehwag and gambhir . Rohit is better down the order at 2down . The opening should be with the strike rate of 120 combined and an average of 50

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

He is a player with great talent and a bright future ahead of him. But the only thing that worries me is that he plays for a spot in the team but not for the team. Yes he is a good batsman and a pretty good fielder but there are so many players like that infact even better players like Pujara, Badrinath and Dhawan. He has gotten many chances but hasnt proven to be a worthy player in the Indian cricket team.

Posted by roook on (July 15, 2013, 22:24 GMT)

gautam gambhir is a far better opener than Rohit Sharma there is no comparsion

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

I will pick Gautam Gambhir over Rohit Sharma any day. Gambhir is so much better player than Sharma and also has remarkable grit even after his recent failure. Gambhir should come back..

Sharma may have technique and may be enjoying this patch but his record is one of the worst in Indian batting line up. His famous brain-freeze, if continues, he will lose this spot for sure.

Posted by John_Mil on (July 15, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

Good to see may be Rohit might be playing a good series now.But Instead of giving So many chances to Rohit they could have given a chances to All Rounder Irfan Pathan (Good finding on any conditions),Yusuf, and Rahane,Manoj Tiwari,Saurab Tiwari,Badrinath (at least in Test matches if not one day).I think may be BCCI can make few changes on each series considering the oppurtunity to Youngsters.But BCCI should not Drop Sehwag,Gambir,Yuvaraj completely.They are already proved their best in most of the occasions when compared to Rohit.I believe Rohit should be having more influence with Dhoni and BCCI than the other players....LOL!!

Posted by John_Mil on (July 15, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

I would say ROHIT may be Good in the past two ODI series but may not be the Best.We know not only he but all the players have the tecniniques.He has given so many chances when compared to other players.After so many chances finally he just found his rhythem as Opener.But needs to Score Quick Runs.I would say the Best Indian Openrs line up still would be..Sachin- Ganguly, Sachin-Sehwag and Sehwag-Gambir.They are the best Indian pair so far threatening the Opponents.If Rohit-Dawan has to come in the list need to Score some Quick runs as well rather than playing for pride.So far they are good considering their partnership in the recent series but need to Show some Glass.

Posted by Tvaranitra on (July 15, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

One of the very few batsmen who has great technique. I am very happy to see Rohit settling as an opener and making good scores. He needs to convert those 40's and 50's to hundreds and I believe he would be doing it soon and also I see a lot of maturity in his game when compared to few years ago. Also, Rohit would be a good #5 in tests and hope he makes a come back into test team. All the best Rohit...

Posted by paul_rocks on (July 15, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

He is the luckiest cricketer in Indian history, his list A average is mid 30's, Pujara with a list a and first class average above 50 is considered not suitable for odis. Gambhir is a better all round player than Sharma and has proven a few times in the past, He was the top scorer for India in the finals of the 2011 WC. Despite his recent form Sharma averages 32 in Odi's, with close to 100 games under his belt and only 2 centuries and 17 fifties. Based on these numbers he is below average and until he proves otherwise we should not consider him the savior of Indian cricket

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Rohit Sharma playing for his place not for team India, and why we forget Ghambhir who is a much much better player than him

Posted by Lamp on (July 15, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

It takes Rohit nearly 100 matches to come up with good performances. None in the history of cricket has taken so long to prove his worth in the team. While Kohli comes up with match winning centuries, this guy has never crossed 60s, that too at a strike rate less than 70. Come on Rohit, you should realize that you were given too many chances in the name of your 'talent' and you are still to produce a great match winning knock. It would be shame on your part to call this phase as the 'best'.

Posted by ABanandAvionics on (July 15, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

His career is on the same lines to sachin tendulkar believe me or not those who have seen him from his childhood and sachin also both have similar records and similar way of growth in cricket , its just that a pity that indian selectors have still not gave that elusive test cap to rohit he was in terrific form after world cup 2011 , went to west indies ,there only he must have got his debut in test but kohli got that cap , in england he would have secured his spot but got injured in ODI came back in west indies home ODI splendid effort but not got chance in Australia tests loses form and focus still manage to get back in aisa cup , after that just one series bad series against lanka made him dropped against NZ , ENG test series and pujara and kohli have cemented their spots , against australia rahane and jadeja got their due but still rohit have chance after these 3 series as openers in ODI , i sincerely hope in zimbabawe he again become the leading run scorer and score some centuries

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

we should not come to conclusion so soon. I agree he is a batsmen with great technique (I was big fan of this guy while playing for deccan, he always used to be out when we were thinking he will take us home), but same time he is only batsmen who can throw away wicket easily. One day is fine, but test team need people like vijay (I am not a great fan, but his inning speaks, example of once you set you convert scores). until he makes couple of hundreds in one day we cannot believe this guy. See any batsmen who comes between 1 and 5, compare their contributions to Rohit, he will be placed in bottom in list in making 50/100's. He need to learn a lot from Kohli and Dhoni. They will work lot of balls before opening up , knows when to give respect to bowlers, when to play what. Rohit is poor in that front as he throws it away and we all know about it. I still wish him luck as I want India to win and expect playing eleven performing well whether I think they are better or not.

Posted by mrrescuer on (July 15, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

his performance is par below avg.gautam gambhir will be better option.ofcourse he is good compared to murli vijay. he is the player with lowest avg,lowest strike rate. only dhoni doesnot want gambhir in team so he is getting chance. what ever he did on westindies bcz luck favoured him nd he was playing test in oneday so he succeeded.someday u have to chase pile of runs and luck is not in favour all will be clr like water.

Posted by king_dhoni on (July 15, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Rohit seems to be playing for his place in the team only, even though Dhoni has given him so many chances. He needs to get more 100s as simply getting 40 or 50 is not good enough at this level.

Posted by penagamuri on (July 15, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has great technique but some how he fails to convince me with his stricking ability. He dosent seems to have that midas touch like Yuvraj or Kohli to be able to put any ball in to the stands. The only shot he seemed to impress me is his pull or hook. He has not played that many convincing cover drives like kohli or yuvi or even like Vijay. But it still dosent deter him to be one of the better batsmen in india right now. In my opinion India is blessed with stylish players eg, Vijay -(pure class when he is whipping on leg side and playing cover drive on the up), Kohli (need I say more) Rohit - (Out standing hooker and puller can play exquisite lofter cover drives), Karthick - (he is another gem of a player but yet to discover his feet in international level) Dhawan - (his shots through point and cover areas are very nice) I dont see any other team with such young resources in any other team except Bopara from England and Bravo from Windies. Bleed Blue.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

The problem with most of you posting here is that you confuse ODI with Tests. True, Rohit got too many chances in ODIs and he quite lucky but he is the most unlucky player as well to not get a chance in test cricket with a 60+ 1st class avg. How can Raina and Kohli get a chance in test before Rohit and Rahane? Always 1st class cricket should be the basis for selection in test cricket. Unfortunately this is not the case in Indian team selection policy.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

Every body thinks Rohit is best suitable for opening but i believe he suits more for middle order rather than opener due to current playing condition. Rohit has major technical glitch which openers should avoid... one falling and planting the foot too much across and other one is susceptibility towards outside off...may be for some time as batsman rohit get much needed confidence... but he is more suitable for middle order....

Posted by naren1983 on (July 15, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

Rohit atlast provided some confidence to his technique and to the Team after having given so much opportunities. No doubt about his talent, happy atlast he has shown at good time. Dhoni & selectors should have given credit having Rohit around the team at odd times too. Last IPL was the key for Rohit to come back strongly. His Captaincy in that helped him to become stronger than ever. He is a great prospect for WC 2015 in Australia. He & Dhawan will be much helpful in bouncy pitches there. I like Rohit to open in Test Matches in coming SA tour too since he has the ability to handle bouncy pitches. All the best Rohit. We always support U.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Rohit has to improve his strike rate and keep scoring runs at the same time for a prolonged period to be considered an opener

Posted by glen1 on (July 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Rohit should be the back up opener for tests after Dhawan and Vijay. If there is a permanent place for him, the combination of Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadega, Kumar, Ashwin, Ishant, X sounds pretty good.

Posted by prateeksonagara on (July 15, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

may be India wiil use him at no.4 at tests sachin retirement..he is perfect at no.4 in first class..his average is over 60...And in odis he must learn from how to pace the innings from kohli...He is Indian version of Gower...so elegant.

Posted by VVSR92 on (July 15, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

rohit is doing well at top of order & opening the innings is a good challenge to his concentration skills . He however needs to keep scoring runs to hold on to his spot , but this is also best chance for rohit to establish himself in international stage .

Posted by PPL11 on (July 15, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Opening is best suited position for Mr. Sharma

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

Rohit is lucky enough to get these many chances after failing continuously but good part is he is making use of all the chances now.

Posted by ProdigyA on (July 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

With so many opportunities and at the expense of some players who were much more hardworking and worthy of a spot in the team, its high time to start delivering consistently and big and start being counted for like Kohli. Otherwise all this investment would be a big waste. Its payback time as simple as that.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

The opening role bought him some extra time to settle in and then go for shots. Rohit started playing lot more on the front foot rather than sticking in the crease and on backfoot. You always have your technique but the temperment to control is lot important than buying some extravagant and risky shots.

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