India news February 4, 2016

'My best is yet to come' - Rohit

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rohit Sharma - "It would be great if me and Shikhar as an opening pair can achieve the success that Sachin and Sourav accomplished in their illustrious careers" © BCCI

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan may have formed a solid opening combination at the top of India's batting order, but Rohit feels that comparisons with the prolific Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly duo are premature.

Rohit and Dhawan have put up 2763 runs from 63 innings across formats at an average of 44.56, with eight centuries and 10 fifties between them. While that is still a fair bit away from the 6609 runs Tendulkar and Ganguly put up together, Rohit has "immense satisfaction" that people are already drawing comparisons between the two pairs.

"Comparisons with India's most successful opening pairing [Ganguly-Tendulkar] gives you immense satisfaction. Comparisons are a piece of joy," Rohit told PTI. "It would be great if me and Shikhar as an opening pair can achieve the success that these two accomplished in their illustrious careers.

"We are still not there but both of us would like to entertain the fans and win as many matches as they have won for India."

Rohit, who was named Player of the Series in the recent ODIs against Australia for his 441 runs from five matches, also felt that even his personal best was yet to come.

"This is not the best. Whatever I achieve, I would always tell myself that my best is yet to come. I have scored 441 runs in the ODI series in Australia. In the next big series, my target will be to score more than 441 runs. If I am satisfied with my past achievements, I will never be able to set higher benchmarks.

"It is a fact that you need to get the basics right. The straight six over fast bowlers' head is a shot which I play with my batswing being the extension of my arm. It is about timing and position of the body negligible power element in it. But when MS Dhoni bats in the 45th over with the ball going soft, you need those wrists and brute power to clear ropes. That's why MS is special."

Despite Rohit's heroics in the ODI series, India went on to lose 4-1, though the visitors sealed a historic 3-0 whitewash in the T20Is that followed. However, Rohit said that the T20 win could not be put on the same pedestal as India's victory in the 2007-08 tri-series, owing to the quality of Australia's bowling attack back then.

"I agree that their bowling attack is not same as it used to be but does one expect that Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath would have played on forever? You can only score runs off the bowlers that you play against," Rohit said. "Every win counts as that's what you are supposed to do while playing for the country.

"[2008] was so different. I was a 20-year-old on my second or third tour. The new captain [Dhoni] was just settling down. Imagine their bowling attack. Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and a far younger Mitchell Johnson. The batting line- up was Hayden, Gilchrist, Ponting and Clarke. So that tournament win can't be compared to this win but this is also special in its own way."