India news February 4, 2016

'My best is yet to come' - Rohit

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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."

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  •   Daniel Paul on February 6, 2016, 19:11 GMT

    For the moment, I am enjoying his batting but I'll look forward to his best that is yet to come.

  • GAUTAMKUMAR on February 6, 2016, 14:43 GMT

    Ah Sharmaji! We , the people, have suspected that since ages. But the vital question is will it ever come?

  • Madhusudhan_6-Wd-4-NB-3-Wkt-2-LBW-1 on February 6, 2016, 6:36 GMT

    No doubt his best is yet to come. Because best batting can come in adverse batting conditions, when all batters fail, one will rose above the occasion by defying odds. But, Rohit is a IPL player and he cannot make to Test Team at his own strength, talent and dexterity. All his runs have came on batting paradise. He doesn't have county stint under his belt, to prove his batting ability. So its better he forget to scale height that is reached by players like Viv Richards, Sunny, Sachin, Rahul Sharath Dravid, Punter, Brain Charles Lara and so on.

  • CricketFanIndUS on February 6, 2016, 5:34 GMT

    Yes his sixes and his pull shots are great to watch, but my favorite shots to watch are his fours especially when he hits them all along the ground on the off side. What impresses me about his batting is how he finds the shortest path to meet the ball with the bat in a smooth fluid motion. When he is in full flow towards the end of limited overs innings, the fluency of his shots is awesome. No one can match that intensity of run making in the team currently. I wish Rohit scales new heights, we need it for the sake of Indian cricket. Like Dhoni said, Rohit along with Kohli are the best limited overs batsmen currently for India.

  • SamRoy on February 5, 2016, 19:33 GMT

    True Rohit struggles against seam and swing (in fact he struggles a lot because of lack of footwork and loose strokeplay outside off-stump) but you cannot deny the beauty of his strokeplay. Once the ball stops moving his strokeplay is matchless in world cricket currently. Usman Khawaja comes a distant second. Rohit is the most beautiful batsman to watch in cricket when he is in full flow right now.

  • Sheppslibra29 on February 5, 2016, 14:33 GMT

    Rohit is the superb clean hitter.i saw so many aggressive batsmen hitting sixes but none has that elegance he possesses!Good luck to you brother don't care about tests, if opportunity comes play like ODI.all your shots in tests are double minded like you are in dilemma. When you see Warner he has no other thoughts whether it's tests or odi or t20.he goes all guns!Anyway just hit sixes and go for Brendon McCollum record since you are the only current Indian batsmen capable of! God bless you and bring amusement to 1.2 billion Indians all around the world.

  • jhabindradol on February 5, 2016, 12:34 GMT

    rohit is a fabulous player, like every player he too has weakness and his weakness is trying to play big shot even to a very good delivery. Many a times rohit gets out in this fashion. If he controls his aggression rohit can play all round the wicket with ease. so it is very easy for rohit to accumulate run because he can play 360 degree region. if you ak me who has the best timing , i will say its rohit. when he time the bowl its a six , he is not a mascular man and has no power like virat or dhoni but its his timing that helped him to achieve the record for most sixes i.e 17 sixes in an inning. he will achieve more record for sure.

  • MEMORYLOSS-RECTIFIED on February 5, 2016, 11:06 GMT

    Fans can jump and joy for the 3-0 scoreline of Ind-Aus only for few days. After 15th February they may analyze why their team was lost to SL 0-3. Wait for chameera music and Thissara's double century in T20

  • zona on February 5, 2016, 10:55 GMT

    same kind of statement was made by SRT in 2001 and and in his next 12 years of international cricket we could not see his best.

  • zona on February 5, 2016, 10:48 GMT

    lolz, caption is way tooo blabber.... merely.

    he may score another 200 in ODIs but he will not qualify in the league of Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag etc...

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