IPL 2013 review

Rohit's moment of reckoning

Rohit Sharma has always been acknowledged as a man with enormous potential. Can his success as a leader give him confidence as a batsman?

Abhishek Purohit

May 28, 2013

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Rohit Sharma plundered 26 runs in the last over, Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Mumbai, April 29, 2013
He held his own while captaining Mumbai Indians to their first IPL title, but can Rohit Sharma translate that confidence into success as a batsman? © BCCI
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It is hard to believe that Rohit Sharma made his international debut as many as six years ago. When he flies with India's Champions Trophy squad to England on May 29, he'll still be doing so as a batsman with enormous potential, the best of which the world is supposedly yet to see. When Rohit made his India debut, there was no IPL. There is one now, and Rohit led his franchise Mumbai Indians to their maiden title on May 26.

When Gautam Gambhir captained Kolkata Knight Riders to their first IPL trophy in 2012, there were suggestions he was a possible replacement for the struggling MS Dhoni, under whom India had suffered eight successive defeats in overseas Tests. No such outlandish claim can conceivably be made about Rohit's India captaincy abilities at the moment, given that even his place in the side is constantly under scrutiny. What one can talk about however, is the effect of Rohit, the successful IPL captain, on Rohit, the underachieving India batsman.

Talent often does not realise its own worth until it is too late. Virat Kohli, after a few hiccups, has started coaxing consistent performances out of his gifts. Some realisation has dawned on Rohit, too. It was missing a spot in the 2011 World Cup squad that stirred him into a punishing fitness regime. He was so gutted he did not go to the Wankhede Stadium in his hometown Mumbai to watch India play the final. Series-winning performances followed against West Indies, but he slipped into a rut again on tours to Australia and Sri Lanka. Every failure weighed him down further and further, till he seemed to stop enjoying even a casual game of football during practice.

As special as a player might be, he cannot excel until he accepts and starts believing how good he actually is, to the point that the rest of the world, and self-doubt, cease to matter. Virender Sehwag became Virender Sehwag because he batted like only Virender Sehwag could, the world be damned. With Kohli, you can see he's developed a staunch faith in batting like only he can. For all the elegance, you sense Rohit is still too vulnerable to doubt at the international level. He may bat like a dream, but a few failures and the shoulders will slouch even more, and the hangdog expression will reappear.

This IPL, he was in charge of a side comprising almost entirely of internationals, and men such as Sachin Tendulkar. Admittedly, he had an army of legends for a think-tank. While that means he would have never been short of ideas and suggestions, it could also have been detrimental, if he were overawed and hesitant to take his own decisions. Rohit is understood to have listened to everyone, and then gone by his gut feeling.

"I like to keep things simple and trust my instinct," Rohit has said. "We have so many guys who have led their teams in international cricket and they're always there for me with advice and support. I get inputs from all of them but the final decisions are left to me."

'I batted as Rohit Sharma can. I heard Ponting and Tendulkar and Kumble and Wright, and I, Rohit Sharma, took the calls on the field,' he may have thought. Holding your own among such institutions, and having a trophy to show for it, has to be a significant confidence booster for a young man.

He was the face of the team, in the middle and in media interactions. This wasn't just him and his batting he had to talk about, he was responsible for an entire squad. And while doing all that, he also had his best IPL season with the bat. Ideally, Rohit should be full of confidence going into the Champions Trophy. He's succeeded as leader of some of the best men to ever play international cricket.

"His preparation is of a different level," Rohit said of Ponting. "He told me once that until he faces 100-200 balls in the nets and takes 100-200 catches, he doesn't get proper sleep in the night. Though I'm inspired, I can never be a Ponting." Hopefully, while understanding he can never be someone else, he's also developed enough belief in being Rohit Sharma, and can finally start batting like Rohit Sharma can, without the fear of failure. It took six seasons for Mumbai Indians to drop the tag of underachievers. Maybe Rohit can do the same in his sixth year in international cricket.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (June 1, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

If he has gained confidence from his IPL performance its good , but i don't think performance in IPL count for much in international cricket , having said that i believe Rohit sharma , kohli and pujara will form the core of our batting line up in the coming years. he should probably try and learn how the likes of sachin , ponting and hussey prepare before their matches because god given talent is with him already.

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 30, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

Rohit Sharma should really have a chat with Sachin. Talent alone wont take him forward. Winning captain of Mumbai would have done well if he had contributed in a crucial win.

Posted by ankit249 on (May 30, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Rohit sharma's scores reads this in his last 8 ODI outings and still he made into indian team.

4 runs in 15 balls 83 of 93 balls 4 runs in 14 balls 4 runs in 9 balls 4 runs in 14 balls 0 runs in 1 ball 0 runs in 5 balls 5 runs in 8 balls

BCCI can you please explain ? Is it because he represent Mumbai in IPL ? Is he an allrounder (does he contribute in bowling )? What are we trying to tell the young cricketers in india ?

Posted by penagamuri on (May 29, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Being an ardent fan of Rohit Sharma, I should say, very dissapointed by the way he played in those crucial games in the knock outs and play offs. But anyway he had fairly successfull campaign in this IPL. I really hope he can cement atleast his ODI team spot under the absence of Yuvi at NO.4 Position. I think Rohit and Kohli will make a solid middle order for Team India in all formats of the game. My team for the champions trophy would be - Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Pathan, Kumar, Ishanth, Yadav/Ashwin. People please dont start anti Rohit jargon when he dosent score well in the champions trophy. We all know england pitches are more bowler friendly and all the games would be low scoring matches. Please consider the gaming conditions before you strike off a player.

Posted by   on (May 29, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Well Said ... he deserves this .

Posted by truguynese on (May 28, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

With the talent and natural abilities of Rohit Sharma, there is at least two or three elements missing from the whole package that is keeping him from excelling.Self belief,confidence and most important swagger. To solve this problem, its very easy,let him spend a day with Vivian Richards. He deserves this extra attention, I'm positive it will pay great dividends for him and India.

Posted by UnwedUnfed on (May 28, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

I don't get all this hype about Rohit Sharma. From what I have seen, he is the Indian equivalent of Md. Ashraful - everyone goes ga-ga over his "stylish" batting, and he performs roughly once a year. Other stylish batsmen come to mind that even I have gone ga-ga over - VVS, Gower, Mark Waugh being prime examples - but those guys actually performed on the big stage. Rohit is nowhere near that class and has given no indication of ever getting there. The lobby to keep him in the team frankly baffles me, especially since there seem to be so many better alternatives.

Posted by king_julien on (May 28, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

His sixth year in international cricket has just 3 ODI games left (group matches in champions trophy...unless India makes it to knockout stage)

So there's not much to do in his sixth year.......after that his seventh year will start in international cricket. I guess he should be given 6 more years to prove his worth.....

Posted by avingodb on (May 28, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Amen to that thought, hopefully the IPL victory reinforces his self belief at the international level.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

In IPL & domestic tournaments, his temperament is the best friend but in international (especially odis)....his temperament only becomes his enemy. i have often seen rohit getting out LBW on front foot. thats one flaw he needs to repair especially before CLT20 in eng. otherwise he has all the strokes and is a treat to watch. Although his T20 record is good with an average of 29.50 & S/R of 130. Also has 5 50s which is equal to yuvi with 3 innings less.

Posted by guesswhat555 on (May 28, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

I doubt it, Gambhir's KKR won the IPL 2012 and where is he now!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

IPL is a Twenty20 tournament & according to those performances...Rohit has does good in T20s for india....he has 5 50s ...which is as same as yuvraj's with only 2 matches more. His avg of 29.50 is more than acceptable in t20 standards and also has a S/R around 130 which is good. So lets just say IPL form does not virtually come into ODIs. I think rohit is done & dusted in Odis ...... for at least 2 years from now ..he shudnt be considered for odis....maybe can be tried in tests. But i think Manoj tiwary deserves more now after getting a 100 & a 50 in his last 3-4 odis or so

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Perhaps Abhishek should have had a look at Rohit Sharma's scores in the knockout matches. Its not for the first time he has had a very successful IPL season. There is not much to read into it all, we've all been there in the past, and you have to learn from that.

Posted by Yarms on (May 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

In my opinion he is very talented and a joy to watch has every shot in the book and plays the short ball well. He needs to tighten up his technique I suggest a couple of seasons of county cricket in England to tighten up his skills in swinging and seaming conditions. He will be a star for India just watch....remember Gooch.. And hayden...Late bloomers...RS is the same..but with much more class..

Posted by Johnny_129 on (May 28, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Personally, I don't think RS is a team player - my opinion is quantified by the fact that he did not support team India after missing out onWC selection (regardless of hiis disappointment). RS has lots of talent and in time, with maturity, he will deliver for India when he puts his country before himself! Hope that day comes before its too late... or he will be the next Bhadrinath.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (May 28, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

I fail to see the relevance of performances in IPL/T20 to other forms of cricket with less fielding restrictions. Metaphorically it is akin to using someones table tennis performance to rate them at lawn tennis.

Posted by xylo on (May 28, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

Oh please... if anything, the IPL has made him lazier than before. For years, people have waited for him to come good, and put his talent to good effect. He is, in my opinion, more like a Yusuf Pathan nowadays.

Posted by king_julien on (May 28, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Nohits record against top 5 ODI teams after 6 years in international cricket..... (AVG./Str rate) South Africa......15.00/61.76 England...........34.25/78.28 Australia..........21.44/70.69 Pakistan..........33.85/76.94 Sri Lanka.........24.31/79.37

With 1 century against Sri Lanka.... All the makings of a stalwart..........

Posted by Triplek on (May 28, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Got talent without luck....Looks like he is an Indian Brad Hodge.....domestic champion...

Posted by king_julien on (May 28, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Can one players "Supposed" talent be bigger than a country. How much longer must it take (not 6-7 years...so maybe 2 decades), before someone admits that their opinion of a player was not right. Success requires both attitude and skill, with good attitude and less skill you can still make it...but with "doubt-able" talent and poor attitude...you can never make it........(I would so like a player full of grit with an ugly technique....as long as I get the results...).

For all the talk.....I am yet to see even a couple of good innings against quality opposition from this man in SIX LONG YEARS.....in much lesser matches, I have seen better innings from part timers......

Nothing...no argument can justify these sea of failures and wasted years.....please don't throw good money after bad money.....(even in this IPL...he failed miserably in the important matches)

Posted by Chaitu87 on (May 28, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

Rohit's temperament was commendable as a captain. As a batsman, he had been consistent even when he was with DC and also won the young player of the season award. That said, the fact is he had had more chances than any cricketer that played for India in the last 15 years. It is said 'Form is temporary and class is permanent'. On the contrary players are picked based on their FORM but not CLASS. The greats like Dada, Bhajji, Viru & Yuvi had been dropped in the past due to lack of form. One cannot argue against their class. But I wonder why Rohit had been given these many chances just for his CLASS. Tiwary was far more successful than him in the international matches with a 100 and a 50 in the 8 matches he played However, if Rohit proves his mettle at the top level, I will be one of the happiest people since his temperament as a captain is far better than Kohli or Gambhir. India need a Dada, a Jammy or a Captain Cool who can succumb pressure but not abusive drill masters like VK/GG

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

rohit sharma is the future of india. and he has shown it in this ipl. make him the captain. surely he will shine like tendular one day.i think already he is better than jack kallis, ab de villiers, cook. he is a class allrounder. who can spin the well better than any bowler than srilanka, ban, aus,saf spinners. and no need to mention his batting at green wicket. obviously he will retire as a great like viv richards. just give him some opportunity.

Posted by BrianCharlesVivek on (May 28, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

Lovely player to watch. Remember that pre 281, Laxman was also a similar player. Classic, elegant and delieghtful to watch. But after persistence due to lack of middle order options, Laxman found his rhythm and ended up as one of the best middle order batsmen for India. Rohit has had his chances, but that might not continue for ever. Also IPL success cannot represent a true measure of batsmanship. He has been always brilliant in IPL, not at the international level though.

Posted by deepakRajbanshi on (May 28, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

He has been given enough chances in the indian squad. He doesnt deserve more.. how many chances you need to show your talent???, he has more than that

Posted by pratit on (May 28, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

He is still too loose. You can have all the technique but you need to understand when to exercise restraint, how to respect good bowlers. Otherwise you will only boss over the inferior Ranji Trophy bowlers and struggle against the internationals. All this rubbish about his talent has gone to his head.

Posted by CSreekumar on (May 28, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

Off course, MI won because of performance of International players. What about other teams for that matter?

CSK - Hussey Top scorer & Bravo Wicket taker... RR - Watson & Hodge effect... Certainly Indian players played better for RR than any other teams. Still without Watson & Hodge, they couldn't have done this much... SRH - Steyn, Perrera, & Indian bowlers.... Shawan added stability at top.... RCB - Gayle, ABD, RR played brilliantly and both VK supported them.. KX1P - Miller... Others performed well but I cant remember any consistent performers... KKR - Narine, and SS for few matches... DD - PWI -

Posted by Nich1987 on (May 28, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Hatss off to #Abhishek Purohit...very well written...great job...you have written the article with validate points and it's come out is very beautiful...(Y)

Posted by KeenObserWhere on (May 28, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Uh please!!! I can't believe Abhishek Purohit is so gullible. If you have a regular desk job and you do not contribute to your team, I don't think that they will let you be on the team if you do not perform for 6 years! He had 3 chances during the knock-out stage, on the way to the cup to perform that he BELONGS. It was obvious that he could not handle pressure. It is waste of time and place if India continues to give this guy chances.

Posted by ProdigyA on (May 28, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Oh enough of this.... One success and people are back again to praise this guy, who actually has done nothing as a batsman in IPL too. This guy has played close to 100 ODI's for India and still considered a youngster. Wonder what favours he gave to recieve so many chances. Ask the hundres of much more talented and hard working batsman out there, who are dying for one single chance. Enough is enough, this guy is only good for domestics and IPL, just keep him there.

Posted by indiasucksgobd on (May 28, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

I'm tired of hearing about so called talents such as kapugedara,nohit SHARMA,UMAR AKMAL.according to me the biggest talent of all is having the temperament to translate the talent into big runs or wickets.

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (May 28, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Yes I belive he has so much talent. But luck is not there. So it is the time to test not so talented players like Tiwary, Mandeep Singh, Binny, Vihari etc. In cricket talent is not so important. Luck is important. Time also. If we gave another 2 yrs, other players will become another Badrinaath. Pls note that. If he is talented, perform in Ranaji, not IPL. Other players are not talented then Rohith. But they have consistency. Pls see Rohith has consistency in Intentional and Ranaji matches.

Posted by pull_shot on (May 28, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

The most talent and elegant batsman among young indian crop of players at the same time most indiscipline and lazy one also.He need to trust himself and above the bowlers otherwise bowlers like mathews can also claim his wicket with ease. He is fitting himself rather than opposition team.

Posted by cric_options on (May 28, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is in huge debt. The favour he has been extended time and again is unprecedented at the cost of being cruel to other potential batting talents. A failure in Champions Trophy should be the end of Rohit's international aspirations for the time being, unless he produces dollops of runs in the domestic circuit for 2-3 years and stays ahead of others. If he succeeds, it should only reduce his debt, without being an automatic reason for his next selection. Unless players like Rohit are not allowed to fail in life, other talented players would think, talent is the only aspect needed to shine in life. Rohit is not above this rule of nature.

Posted by Cricketzap on (May 28, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

"Virender Sehwag became Virender Sehwag because he batted like only Virender Sehwag could, the world be damned " Just Loved every word of it.

Rohit sharma is misguided person -- who loves playing for IPL

Posted by CricketMaan on (May 28, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

International cricket is no IPL. Tiwary has performed far better than Rohit at international stage at least in the recent past. If Rohit fails as opener, what is his future in that middle order that is now secured between Raina, MSD and Jadeja, Irfan, Ashwin! And one could see that Rohit along wiht Kholi have the most arrogant attitude. Kholi at least has performed at the Big stage to back up his attitude, though its no justification.

Posted by amygdala on (May 28, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

He is a brilliant batsman to watch, nay? as elegant yet as lazy as a Mark Waugh or Graham Thorpe. He has just not been upto it in ODIs, but thats it...and even there he has played as well as any in a few eye catching innings. He needs to be given a run in tests and I am sure he will make his mark, given the amount of talent he has. Its just a matter of right nurture at the moment. Somehow it just doesnt feel right that such talent should be allowed to wither away. Nice captaincy in IPL has been an added bonus but its as a class batsman that his calling lies. Just hope and pray he translates it. Keep the faith!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

What people dont realise that so many articles have been written on Rohit Sharma because ex-players, experts and commentators have truly believed in his talent and potential. Depsite the failures they have faith that he has what it takes to become not only a good batsman but a great one for that matter. and now he has shown another facet of his personality by captaining a difficult team to its maiden IPL title.

Posted by KingOwl on (May 28, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

I think this article does not make a lot of sense. When it came to the crunch games, Rohit failed miserably. He just could not make an impact on the last few games. It shows that he has a serious problem dealing with pressure situations. MI did not win because of Rohit's captaincy. They won due to the individual brilliance of a few , mostly international players.

Posted by Captain_Crick on (May 28, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Rohit has shown good promise as a leader in the IPL. He proven himself on many occasions with his IPL batting exploits. But what he needs to do is to prove his batting credentials in the international stage. He seems a confident guy on the field. He's one of the most graceful and stylish batsman of all times. It's the much needed temperament and calculated batting that Rohit needs to sort out for the international fixtures. Ricky Ponting could have never been "Ricky Ponting" had he not played 100-200 balls in the nets and taken 100-200 catches before match day. Hopefully, Rohit learns a lesson or two from these legends and works harder for the benefit of India and World Cricket.

Posted by Pathiyal on (May 28, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

the big plus for a batsman like rohit is his stance which will help him get prepared to face the ball even before its delivered, the ability to play all sorts of shots in the game. the weakness after studying him for his entire career is just one - his laziness to move. the sooner he get rid of him, the more people can watch him as a regular in the international scene.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

I think Rohit has got way too many chances. He has performed on and off in this IPL, and hasn't really clicked well in the international circuit. He must take cue from Virat, who has been brilliant in capitalising opportunities given to him!

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 28, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

I am a great Rohit fan. I know he has not done too well in the chances he has been given, but feel that one important innings of substance could launch this guy. We have seen glimpses of his talent (IPL), but I suppose his career has not taken full bloom as yet. With some patience lets see how he does in Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

One good thing I have noticed on Rohit is his captaincy especially in the finals when he brought Malinga to bowl the first over instead of Mitchell Johnson or Rishi and sent both south paws to the pavilion. He is shrewd and has excellent cricketing knowledge. He could be an ideal bet to replace Dhoni when Dhoni decides to step out however Rohit should continue to perform in the highest levels so that he could get an opportunity to lead India one day. I have seen a great leadership credentials on him and he could be the best man to lead India.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

Rohit talent has ever been restricted to IPL only. The MI won IPL due to his early knocks and the withdrawal of slow (or no ) starters such as Sachin to some extent and Ponting to the larger extent. Especially being a captain of MI in any of the post match conferences he never mentioned a word about CSK which is rare occurrence in gentlemen game. Also the gestures shown to Dhoni during IPL finals during later part of the innings by his team mates who behaved like hooligans of cricket and his justification of Pollard's banter with Watson all lead to the conclusion, Rohit is a immatured cricketer with a talent largely unused for the team. As usual his future presence in the Indian team will be more used to fetch water on to the field rather than to the victory of the Indian team.

Posted by Ranta on (May 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Wonderful !

I enjoyed reading this article, as i believe its fair analysis of the man. Without letting failed expectation of international cricket put you in mode of writing with anger or in disagreement of one getting so many chances for being talented. You have actually put the real situations and his problems to paper.

I must say this is one article I have enjoyed reading on crickinfo.

I am Rohit Sharma Admirer, Doesn't mean I admire him more than Indian cricket or cricket the game in general, But I believe If this man can live up to his potential, He will be soothing act of class at work. Much needed for a cricketing enthusiast at this point of hard hitting batsmanship.

I would also like to take the credit for believing that he should have been made captain as that would help him as I saw him do so for Mumbai in Ranji trophy in absence of Ajit ( I was abused & called fool by friends of having this opinion ) But my point was confidence is his problem. Which can be solved.

Posted by Pathiyal on (May 28, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

since rohit sharma did not perform with the bat when it mattered most - in the play-offs or the finals, it will be hard to say anything about his come back to the international scene. his captaincy during the ipl was fairly good.

Posted by sjitendran on (May 28, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

All these comments shows antaganism towards one of the better talents that is appreciated by legends in India and abroad. That speaks something. People keep on harppng that he had umpteen chances and yet to prove. He is a classical Test batsman but the so called expert selectors have given him chances only in ODIs& T20s. They have to give him enough chances in Test team to prove his talents. They have kept Pujara as a Test specialist but wasting talents of Rohit Sharma in Pyjama cricket.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

He is underrated all the times. He has the capability of winning the matches for India and he did few times too in T-20 and one days in West Indies. He should pull his socks up and make a great career waiting ahead. Cheers and Thumbs Up to Rohit!

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

Rohit Sharma has turned as a successful batsman in IPL.What about his performance in international-cricket including T20's and five-day-matches.

Posted by tanstell87 on (May 28, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Rohit Shamrma will rise now taking captaincy from MS Dhoni & over-rated Virat Kohli.

Posted by msankar on (May 28, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

What a joke.... How many time he will get a change? He failed consistently in big matches.... In IPL6 also, he failed in playoff, eliminator-2 & Final.

Posted by hotcric01 on (May 28, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

He may be so sensitive.He has shown it on the field by shouting bowlers and fielders for small mistakes.With every failure he mentally down further and further.If he want to succeed,he should start think freshly and positively.That is a mental issue not about skills.He has proven his skills in international level.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (May 28, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

How many articles have we seen on Rohit's 'potential' ? For the last 3-4 years from commentators to captains to experts,everyone simply goes ga-ga over him and yet he has little to show for in International level save for some good performances against West Indies and Zimbabwe,even though he gets limitless opportunity. Let's rewind,he scored 49 runs in 5 ODIs in South Africa in 2011,79 runs in 5 ODIs in Australia in 2012 and lest we forget,13 runs in 5 ODIs in Sri Lanka in 2012. In between he had some good performances against West Indies,not exactly the best bowling attack in the world. But yet Dhoni kept giving him opportunity in Oz saying Rohit needed practice for 2015 WC. Does that mean his place is secure for next 2-3 years no matter how he performs.I hope he keep playing well for the Ambanis and leave the Indian team alone. Indian team can't afford to play with 10 players because when Rohit plays for India,his role is just to be the Team mascot and not score runs.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

yawn....another article on talented rohit sharma. this has now become an epidemic.this guy is a total gone case.he just does not have the right attitude or even the temperament. Given his lazy nature, he is made for T-20, where playing 20-25 balls does the job for you. The sole reason he is in the team is because there is no one else to carry on the Mumbai legacy in Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is an overrated cricketer. Lots of talent - seen in spurts! Highly inconsistent. I have doubts about his talent in foreign conditions - SA, Eng, Aus to be specific! Before the SA series begins - I would like to see Dhoni, Raina, Rohit, Vijay, Tendulkar, Ojha, Ashwin, Bhuvnesh Kumar, Ishanth Sharma practice on true SA wickets...

Posted by shamieshane on (May 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

This IPL Success is going to give Rohit some more chances in the Indian Team and i don't think he is going to grab it with two hands, his lazy attitude towards batting will always make him fail and he is never gonna sign as an Indian batsman.

He is another Vinod Kambli, better Indian selector should look for others because already enough chances have been give to Sir Rohit Sharma.

Posted by cric_fan_sam on (May 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

The last line was, well hair raising as Dinesh Karthik would put it. I hope that happens for the sake of every true Indian cricket fan. I've always thought of Rohit as a replacement of Laxman in the test team if he gets his temperament right, but before that he has another enormous task on hand, do what Yuvraj used to in an ICC event.

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