July 29, 2012

Temperament lets Rohit down

Rohit Sharma makes batting look easy, but five years since his debut, he is yet to arrive in international cricket
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In 2007 Rohit Sharma burst onto the Indian cricket scene as a young player with immense potential destined for bigger things in life. When on song, he's been a delight to watch, for his languid movement makes batting look ever so easy. Traditionally, there are a three 'T's to judge a young batsman - the first is Talent, which is the inherent or acquired ability to pick the line and length of the ball a lot earlier than many, which in turn allows the body to get into the right position to play a shot.

If we were to simplify batting, the crux of it is to always be in a position to receive the ball. The earlier you are there, the more the options you have to deal with the ball. On the contrary, if you're still on the move when the ball arrives, there's very little that you can do with it. Rohit Sharma ticks this box quite easily, for he seems to have all the time in the world to deal with even the quickest bowlers who don't trouble him much.

The second T, though slightly misunderstood, is the Technical prowess. While there is always the copybook way of playing every stroke, it isn't necessary to follow the written rules all the time, for different players develop different techniques to not only survive but also thrive. Still a strong technical base, if married with discipline, ensures consistency.

Even though there were a few glitches in his technique like the head falling towards the off-side in the stance, as it is with most players early on, his basics were pretty much in place. It is his minimalistic feet movement which ensures that he's rarely off-balance and so his timely weight transfer produces that elusive timing. Another box successfully ticked.

Obviously there's a lot going for Rohit in both the talent and technique department, which also explains, to a certain extent, the faith reposed in him by the captain and the team management. To his credit, he did turn a new leaf in 2011 when he started converting attractive cameos into match-winning performances by batting the bulk of the overs at his disposal.

But it's the third T - the Temperament - that has let him down, once again. Not surprisingly, it happens a lot with people who are talented because everything seems to be far too simple to them. Temperament is a sum of many character traits like discipline, controlling the impulse, rational response to pressure etc., developed over a period of time, which needs awareness and knowledge of your own craft. Since most of the times the only thing such talented players need to do to score is to just turn up for the match, they tend to underestimate the importance of processes and structures.

Someone lesser talented would always have the blueprint for each innings, as structuring the innings correctly is imperative to their success. Rohit doesn't seem to understand the need to avoid playing high-risk shots at the beginning of the innings or the value of consciously moving his feet slightly quicker in certain conditions or during bad phases. He was guilty of slashing outside the off-stump early on in the innings only to nick it to the wicketkeeper many-a-times in Australia. Shot-selection is as important as the ability to play those shots, since each time you pick the wrong ball or the wrong moment to play that shot, you're doomed.

His batting, as one of my friends put it, swings between 'wow' and 'how'. When he pulls off those impossible shots, you admire in awe and then when he throws away his wicket to reckless shots, you wonder about the futility of his talent.

In the first two matches in Sri Lanka, he was late on the ball and gave the impression of being a tad lazy. He doesn't have a trigger movement to get his body in motion and, perhaps, he could have introduced it in Sri Lanka to avoid being late on the ball. Obviously, he isn't a lazy player, but his movements devoid of any urgency give that impression.

Arrogance is one of the likely offspring of success, ironically leading to the collapse of the very success it was made of. Rohit has had the tendency of getting too far ahead of himself, which results in his dismissal in the most unexpected manner. He may have nicked the previous ball towards slip that fell short of the fielder at slip, but that doesn't prevent him from not attempting the same shot off the very next delivery. His batting, as one of my friends put it, swings between 'wow' and 'how'. When he pulls off those impossible shots, you admire in awe and then when he throws away his wicket to reckless shots, you wonder about the futility of his talent.

When the going is good, Rohit finds gaps where others find fielders; he delays his shots when others get hurried. However, in 2012, a good five years since he made his international debut, he's still considered as someone with potential and not as someone who's finally arrived. It tells us, as it did in Vinod Kambli's case, that talent can take you only so far, beyond which it's the temperament that takes precedence.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Rohit was a key player of the team that beat Australia in Australia in the Tri-Series many years ago!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    he never succeded 4 india....... he only played well against a vey depleted WI side!!!!!! playing 4 mumbai indians dosent make him great!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    you will be surprised how rohit's name can easily be replaced with sehwag and yuvraj at given periods of time in this article. in fact sehwag has been making the same mistakes over the last 10 years or so (in ODIs at least). yuvraj had a horrible run against spinners but he was still persisted. rohit also deserves a decent run in the team. when on song, he makes batting look easy, very much like vvs. it's sort of unfortunate because people associate elegance with laziness and undermine their hardwork.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    This is an excellent article about Rohit Sharma's success-failure story. He displayed good temperament in the IPL always. In ODIs, he was always under passive pressure.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | July 31, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    As usual Aakash Chopra is talking sense. I hope M/s Dhoni & Fletcher company reads this article. Rohit Sharma has been given enough opportunities. Having played more than 80 ODIs for India over five years, he is still shaky and not at all dependable. It's time we experimented with someone else. After five years of international cricket, he (who was once hailed as Dravid's replacement) hasn't even played a test match while the likes of Suresh Raina with flawed technic has managed to get a test cap. Only due to commitment i.e. (by both Dhoni and Raina lol)

    (By the way, there's a fourth 'T' - Timing - which Rainas and Rohits have only in the sub-continent lol. )

  • POSTED BY venky91 on | July 31, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    With1900 runs in 88 odi's is too less for any player what ever may be the talent he possess. If the kind of chance that is given to Rohit had it been given to players like Badri or vijay, they would've utilised it in good way.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Rohit has been given enough chances and he is being sorted out on a regular basis. But he seems the best for Indian pitches. I think BCCI should start picking specialists for each conditions - strictly. If I were to pick Rohit I will do so for all games (Tests and One days) played in India (home series games) but definitely not for overseas games. Same with Raina. After Yuvi's return from rehab - I think Yuvi needs to be playing in the Tests alone. Same with Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Umesh and Laxman - just Tests alone. Gambhir needs to be in T20s and Tests. Dhoni should retire from T20s after T20 WC and concentrate solely on adapting to the Test format while playing the one dayers - the reason being Dhoni is a committed player despite lack of technique for the Test format. Rayudu should be considered for the one dayers and T20s as a wicketkeeper batsman. I.Pathan needs towork out some leg spin tweaks at his pace (remember Kumble?) Player management needs to be upmost on BCCI's mind.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    There is something With him and Dhoni. If Dhoni is inside the Team, Rohit rely on Dhoni completely. he got some thought in his mind as the finisher (Dhoni) was yet to come. So he was playing some Rubbish shots, not valuing his Wicket. But this is not same case with Virat. He values his wicket much. And If dhoni is not in team. Rohit was feeling his responsibilities towards the team. There is nothing about the Three T's as Chopra said. It was simply the some "ASS FAT" within Rohit. He should have to change his attitude towards the team. else he should have to bat behind the Dhoni and Raina! So that he ll feel some heat at his back.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | July 31, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    In the period 2009 to 2011 Rohit avg is 43 whereas Gam is 43, Yuvi 39.6, Seh is 46, Raina is 35.6 Jadeja 31 and Y Pathan 27.46. He has been performing consistentny in the last 3 years. In 2012 he is not in gr8 form so we should back him.

  • POSTED BY divin on | July 31, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    The real problem with Rohit is that he is not sure of his role in the team(as was the case of Mohammed kaif), especially when Dhoni is around. Stats shows that he averages 21 under Dhoni while he averages 79 under captains other than Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Rohit was a key player of the team that beat Australia in Australia in the Tri-Series many years ago!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    he never succeded 4 india....... he only played well against a vey depleted WI side!!!!!! playing 4 mumbai indians dosent make him great!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    you will be surprised how rohit's name can easily be replaced with sehwag and yuvraj at given periods of time in this article. in fact sehwag has been making the same mistakes over the last 10 years or so (in ODIs at least). yuvraj had a horrible run against spinners but he was still persisted. rohit also deserves a decent run in the team. when on song, he makes batting look easy, very much like vvs. it's sort of unfortunate because people associate elegance with laziness and undermine their hardwork.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    This is an excellent article about Rohit Sharma's success-failure story. He displayed good temperament in the IPL always. In ODIs, he was always under passive pressure.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | July 31, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    As usual Aakash Chopra is talking sense. I hope M/s Dhoni & Fletcher company reads this article. Rohit Sharma has been given enough opportunities. Having played more than 80 ODIs for India over five years, he is still shaky and not at all dependable. It's time we experimented with someone else. After five years of international cricket, he (who was once hailed as Dravid's replacement) hasn't even played a test match while the likes of Suresh Raina with flawed technic has managed to get a test cap. Only due to commitment i.e. (by both Dhoni and Raina lol)

    (By the way, there's a fourth 'T' - Timing - which Rainas and Rohits have only in the sub-continent lol. )

  • POSTED BY venky91 on | July 31, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    With1900 runs in 88 odi's is too less for any player what ever may be the talent he possess. If the kind of chance that is given to Rohit had it been given to players like Badri or vijay, they would've utilised it in good way.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Rohit has been given enough chances and he is being sorted out on a regular basis. But he seems the best for Indian pitches. I think BCCI should start picking specialists for each conditions - strictly. If I were to pick Rohit I will do so for all games (Tests and One days) played in India (home series games) but definitely not for overseas games. Same with Raina. After Yuvi's return from rehab - I think Yuvi needs to be playing in the Tests alone. Same with Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer, Umesh and Laxman - just Tests alone. Gambhir needs to be in T20s and Tests. Dhoni should retire from T20s after T20 WC and concentrate solely on adapting to the Test format while playing the one dayers - the reason being Dhoni is a committed player despite lack of technique for the Test format. Rayudu should be considered for the one dayers and T20s as a wicketkeeper batsman. I.Pathan needs towork out some leg spin tweaks at his pace (remember Kumble?) Player management needs to be upmost on BCCI's mind.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    There is something With him and Dhoni. If Dhoni is inside the Team, Rohit rely on Dhoni completely. he got some thought in his mind as the finisher (Dhoni) was yet to come. So he was playing some Rubbish shots, not valuing his Wicket. But this is not same case with Virat. He values his wicket much. And If dhoni is not in team. Rohit was feeling his responsibilities towards the team. There is nothing about the Three T's as Chopra said. It was simply the some "ASS FAT" within Rohit. He should have to change his attitude towards the team. else he should have to bat behind the Dhoni and Raina! So that he ll feel some heat at his back.

  • POSTED BY cenitin on | July 31, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    In the period 2009 to 2011 Rohit avg is 43 whereas Gam is 43, Yuvi 39.6, Seh is 46, Raina is 35.6 Jadeja 31 and Y Pathan 27.46. He has been performing consistentny in the last 3 years. In 2012 he is not in gr8 form so we should back him.

  • POSTED BY divin on | July 31, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    The real problem with Rohit is that he is not sure of his role in the team(as was the case of Mohammed kaif), especially when Dhoni is around. Stats shows that he averages 21 under Dhoni while he averages 79 under captains other than Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 31, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @Alex, Raina at 6 or 7 is a finisher fantastico. How could he score centuries there? It's serving us well. He wouldn't be moved up based on his good performances as his performances in those key positions is doing India a world of good.

  • POSTED BY 1MAK7 on | July 31, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder if we criticize for the sake of criticizing! When it comes to a Rohit or a Raina, we want instant results. Its black or white. If they score runs they should be in the team, if they do not, they should not be. Fair enough. But then shouldn't the same rule be applied to a senior pro like Sachin? He continues to be half of India's best opening pair. Even with the problems we have while on the field with someone of his age, IMHO he is still better than Sehwag. The guy is in any case a woeful mover in the field, worse than Tendulkar, and his tendency to oscillate between 'flashes of brilliance' and 'slashes of stupidity' is something India cannot afford when trying to groom youngsters in the middle order. We need more solidity up front. And I am not mentioning Rahane here because, in spite of all the plaudits he gets, he is too loose around the off stump and needs working on. He was fodder for Anderson when it swung early on in England. Is he the future, yes. Present? No

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 31, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @Alexk400 Your comments about Raina not scoring century is useless. In Last few years, It's Raina's 30's and 40's and partnerships with MSD has taken india to the victory. Also Kohli has done well. Beside.. tell me how many number 7's have hit centuries in last 4 years. Stats shows that whne Raina comes to bat he is left to face 43 balls on an average. You can't expect batsmen to score centuries in those situations. Sometimes india needs less than 70 runs to win when raina comes. How can he score a century???

  • POSTED BY m_ilind on | July 31, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Only time will tell how good Rohit shapes up to the rigors of the system. If he comes through, he is good else India needs to look elsewhere! Personal opinions from anybody don't matter.

  • POSTED BY Lahori_Munde on | July 31, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Thorougly analyzed and very well written. Great job Aakash Chopra!

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | July 31, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    @ wolf777 Lol... good you have hogged the credit for naming Rohit as Nohit, eventhough I know the guy who was first to cal him Nohit and you are not that guy. But oh well Take the credit and run away...ha ha ha ha ...

  • POSTED BY Dessimunda777 on | July 31, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    so funny. who cares if he has talent or not. you can't just keep making 000000. this is international cricket. not gully cricket. time to give someone else a chance.if someone (idiot) making fun of akash chopra. he had more talent than rohit sharma. don't forget he was one of the best forward short leg fielder. he always gave a good start . its not like a don't like rohit sharma. he is a good player. but if you can't scare. sorry dude. gota go. someone is waiting out there for the chance. how about manoj tiwari? you think he is not talented?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 30, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    As long as i make sense to me its fine. Every one is different. Every one context is different. All 5 fingers are not same. Each has purpose. Some do some thing better than others. So i see what i see. Raina ,yuvi , rohit sharma all same mould. Same lazyness. When did you see raina making century? Very rare. Kohli made tons in short period. People have excuses when i come i have only few overs left...i think if a player makes century and build stability he will be moved up...kohli was playing around dhoni because he start making century he is 1 down now. In Indian team spot do not get open often you make it open with your great play. Some people are comfortable where they are. It is simple as it is. Rohit sharma has fitness problem nothing else. Raina has low expectation of himself. Why players compare themself to dhoni when dhoni is just pure slogger when things are easy.

  • POSTED BY BarclaysRahul on | July 30, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Some hilarious comments posted...lol

    He sees the ball early alright. But what is the point if he sees the ball two hours earlier and still plays down the wrong line.

    In the wake of calls to drop Rohit, one is easily forgetting the form of the so called great Virender Sehwag. His batting has been atrocious. Except for the lucky 96 in the first match in which many of his catches are dropped and the 219 last year, he has hardly done anything. He looks uninterested, drops 10 catches, catches one and says 'Have you seen my catch?', throws his wicket away, hardly has the patience to last till 5th over. He is lucky that he is going unnoticed.

    Aakash Chopra can at best be a termed a moderate critic, but if even he is so revved up at expressing his angst about the strange case of Rahul beSharma, certainly there is something amiss (hey wait, why I am talking like Aakash now)!

    i wonder whether akash analyzed his own batting so well....i dont think he had any of the three Ts.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Thanks Akash for stating the obvious yet again. Boring...

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 30, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @ WackyWalrus...I was the one who came up with 'NOHIT Sharma'...Enjoy...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Rohit may have more talent and better technique than the likes of Raina, Kohli but he seems to lack proper attitude. Players like Kohli is hungry to get runs and win you the match while Rohit seems to have accepted defeat. Raina who has got plenty of deficiencies in his techniques and yet is regular in the team. Kohli now is hailed as the future captain having already broken some records despite not being as talented as Sharma. Reason? They utilized their talents to the fullest which Rohit failed. I feel now is the time to keep him out of the squad irrespective of what he does in the domestic season as he got enough chances. Players like Tiwari, Rahane, Pujara should be tried now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Rohit Sharma should ride the Bench, give Tiwary a chance.

    UB

  • POSTED BY TheGecko on | July 30, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    I love this new name given to Rohit by fellow fans here... NOHIT SHARMA!! Ha ha ha! lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    i think rohit can still get more chances, but we should replace sehwag with ajinka, and focus on making our opening pair strong for next world cup, we simply cannot have a player who fails and gets out the same way every match. HE IS A MUST DROP, AND KEEP ROHIT IN FOR THE SERIES, AND GIVE HIM TIME.

  • POSTED BY vickyrIND on | July 30, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    CURIOUS CASE OF ROHIT SHARMA. Rohit Sharma is such a Talented guy that he offer his wicket each time once he sees a wicket taking delivery and even when its not the one. He is so much talented that he turns the matches upside down on his own as he is playing in a pivotal place (Middle order) in the batting order like he did on last few occasion from Team in winning situation to loosing. Now the organizers should start giving award for most Talented player of the Man and i am pretty sure that Rohit will win each one of them along with Most Talented Man of the series as well.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | July 30, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Having a sound technique means having a good defense off either foot, judging the length and line of the ball and then getting into position with enough time to play one of the strokes prescribed in the coaching manual by which the ball travels from the line of third man to the line of fine leg.'Class differs from one to another.A batsman is said to have class is the one who, with the time at his disposal after judging the line and length of the ball plays his choice of stroke to beat the fielders placed for the bowler.Like say Sachin or Dravid or Laxman or Azharuddin.It is imperative however for those with 'class' to also have courage. A batsman with physical courage will not shout if he is in pain. Nor will he hesitate to get behind the ball. Temperament is something that comes from many things including what you have imbibed in your upbringing.I mention all this only to amplify some terms which are used often without understanding what they mean.Very often such words are misused.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Simply put: Rohit Sharma is LAZY ELEGANCE. He does make batting look easy. But, his laziness is much more than his talents - so, why carry him around? Manoj Tiwary deserves a much better chance. Dhoni, who used to utilize all the players when he first arrived, has fallen to the tradition of making the good talents as bench warmers. When Rohit gets bowled and pretends it kept low, it looks like Tendulkar. These are people who think of themselves above the game!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Akash, you were shy of saying we had enough of Rohit. I don't see any technical perfection in him as well, i don't know why he is been persisted for so long. Other than Arrogance in his body language i don't see the talent which everyone is crying for. I always seen him as Rohit "The Lazy" Sharma.

  • POSTED BY AbhijeetC on | July 30, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    i think they keep rohit for couple of more matches, they can afford it....after all we have the lead....i don't want to see manoj Tiwari i will see rahane but no tiwari please

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | July 30, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    As many have already said here, enough of this "talent" nonsense please. If you cannot deliver, you should not be in the team. Period. If you are still considered a fresher after 83 innings, there is somethingr really wrong. There are hundreds of talented people in the country waiting for that ONE chance. IT TIME TO MOVE ON.

  • POSTED BY Vkarthik on | July 30, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    He sees the ball early alright. But what is the point if he sees the ball two hours earlier and still plays down the wrong line.

  • POSTED BY Arman_andrade on | July 30, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    And the 4th important T... He has to be TENDULKAR!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SudharsanVM on | July 30, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Aakash, please tel what technique rohit has. Cant play a raising delivery in ENG. cant play a expected malinga yorker. Always throws bat wide outside off stump and gets out. Anything in middle and straighter line gets out. So where does the bowler has to bowl to make this talented guy look technically strong?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Watching from outside it feels that Rohit Sharma has got his priorities wrong, when it comes to batting. Batting is about scoring runs, big runs for your team. A Rohit Sharma looks more interested in scoring those stylish boundaries, a brilliant cover drive or an ugly coverdrive both will add same 4 runs. So he should keep that in mind when next time he tries to hit a front foot pull for a six on Aus pitches early on in his innings. It does look spectacular but is it more important than scoring big for the team ? That is the difference between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Kohli can play some amazing shots himself, but he knows what he is there for at the crease and at no team does he let it slip his mind. To be successful in any profession you need bloody minded ruthlessness and focus on the main job. Coach should probably tell Sharma you would not hit a boundary in first 10 balls you face, something like that.

  • POSTED BY varunronaldo on | July 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma plays well in the IPL but not on the international stages.This is because he earns more in the IPL than in the International stages.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I think Rhehane should be given more chance as world cup T20 coming soon and these young players need some practice against best teams like srilanka england australia , my opinion i would go for Rhehane . and for bowling i think balaji should be given chance in such condition

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Somebody please give a chance to the less talented rahane and tiwary now.

  • POSTED BY vishtej on | July 30, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    In the wake of calls to drop Rohit, one is easily forgetting the form of the so called great Virender Sehwag. His batting has been atrocious. Except for the lucky 96 in the first match in which many of his catches are dropped and the 219 last year, he has hardly done anything. He looks uninterested, drops 10 catches, catches one and says 'Have you seen my catch?', throws his wicket away, hardly has the patience to last till 5th over. He is lucky that he is going unnoticed because the concentration of the media and fans was always on the form of big 3 in the overseas test matches which India lost 8 in a row, and now it is on Rohit Sharma. Hope he comes good and justifies his place of a modern day great batsman.

  • POSTED BY jezzastyles on | July 30, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @thalalara - have to agree, most test batsmen average more at home than abroad - I know most AUS batsmen tend to struggle in IND. However, the better players find ways to adapt and still get decent aggregates/averages over a series (more often than not). As for the Rohit debate - he may make batting look easy - but he needs to deliver, and he has squandered far too many opportunities.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | July 30, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    well, I have not see Nohit sharma in the nets where he is described as being best. But whatever I have seen him, I saw a lazy least talented player is being thurst upon the teams and fans to endure. I have not found him eye pleasing or fluent in any of his innings. He is simply a NOHIT. No matter how many chances he is given. Do you think 5 years and 82 matches are not enough for him to prove his worth? Look at Hohli, he is a talented guy not this Nohit.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Tic on | July 30, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    ENOUGH OF TALENT.. team cant play with 10 members.. better give opportunity to another young player.. let Rohit take a break and play in domestic matches to get back his confidence.2007-2012 is long time to prove and cement his place.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | July 30, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It's crazy how much Raina figures in this discussion about Rohit Sharma. Raina applies himself ten times more than Rohit. No doubt about that. Both have ample talent, and Rohit has better technique no doubt, and is better suited, in theory to play all sorts of bowling all over the world. But he is a front line batsman, unlike Raina who is supposed to either save the team from 50 for 4 or hammer at 8 runs an over relentlessly coming in at the end. Raina NEVER walks in when there is no pressure. Rohit always walks in when there is much less pressure. Why does Raina average higher than Rohit batting 2 positions below and at an awesome strike rate of over 90? Raina is still the only Indian batsman with 100s in all three formats, so enough of criticizing this fantastic young man.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | July 30, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Waste of space to talk about Nohit errmm.... Rohit Sharma. It's been half a decade since we started talking about him. Yawn.....zzzzz....

  • POSTED BY guest12345678910 on | July 30, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    i strongly believe and have hope on both ajinkya and rohit sharma !! i want one more chance for rohit then if again he fails we will give it to ajinkya !

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I think Rohit has had enough oppurtunities and now should make way for the lesser preferred Manoj Tiwary or the talented Ajinkya Rahane..How long can one hold patience watching a batsman get out for similar lazy shots everytime he plays?? Agree he has talent but whats the use if not put to use??

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    I think he has some good approach so that he is still coming in team and rahane and badrinath is out of team.......... He is a failure and latter every one wanted same chances. Indian team need big changes now once again...........

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    There is no point in continuing faith in one player in spite of series of his failures. When other players with top form are readily available on bench just brush that guy who is not performing and let those players get in. It is team that is more important than individual.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Rohit not only look lazy, but he is lazy guy, and regarding his temperament which is very clearly evidence on the footage when at the beginning of the Srilankan inning in 3rd ODI commentators where discussing about his inclusion and ground scoreboard was showing his ODI record, i felt that he had bad mouthed and used some indescribable words, which shows how much under pressure he is and it is completely unjustifiable to Manoj, who is being treated as an un-wanted player in the Team.

  • POSTED BY thalalara on | July 30, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @stevegridley , you are right, this applies to Australians & English players too, they should also adapt to different conditions, just look into their records in Sub continent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Give him a chance in Test side @ 3 (Dravid's number) & hopefully he'll make it count.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    SRI LANKA should try angelo perera who is performing really well with the A team and also bhanuka rajapakse is a good option. maybe its time to check on a new fast bowling option like chaminda widanapathirana or chthura peiris.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @falguni rath ....i agree with u....ur comment is hillarious....there is no like button otherwise i have clicked LIKE button many times

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | July 30, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I see certain people trying to defy the flat track champions tag, but unfortunately its true. In fact, a lot of people that I know, who are knowledgable fans and support Indian cricket passionately, say that but for a period from 2002 to 2008, the team always need perfect conditions to win. The bowlers are toothless on a flat and slow pitch(note:SA team took 20 england wickets on a flat Oval wicket, India barely managed 10 in seaming headingley in 2011), and the batsmen(esp the young guys, look out of place in seaming and bouncing condtions and also on turning tracks. WE have seen innumreable collapses on 5th day tracks as well. Rohit sharma, badrinath,rahane,raina all belong to the class of players who look great scoring boundaries on small grounds and flat wickets in the IPL. But challenge them, and they are found wanting. Flat pitch kings, no doubt!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    IF ROHIT SHARMA IS TALENTED AND BECAUSE OF HIS TALENT HIS IS GETTING MORE THAN ENOUGH CHANCES IN INDIAN TEAM THEN ROBIN UTHAPPA IS SUPER TALENTED AND HE ALSO DESERVES THAT MANY CHANCES IN INDIAN TEAM.....HE AS ALSO PART OF T202007 AND CB SERIES IN IN AUS ITH SOME GREAT PERFORMANCES....UTHAPPA IS LOT MORE CONSISTENT AND BETTER PLAYER THAN ROHIT SHARMA....SELECTORS AND OUR CAPTAIN MSD IS BIASED TOWARDS ROHIT THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER....

  • POSTED BY Ankarvi on | July 30, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Players like Rohit are God Fathers in Ranji trophy matches and IPL. He will never succeed. I can add Dinda too to that list. I don't see any reason how he got berth in team. Poor bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Very well written and Yes, being a cricket I know what Aakash bhai is questioning his temperament not talent .... He is talented no doubt but 5 years are too much for any young men to prove his worth in the team. And to be honest, I feel he is not ready for tri-colors as of yet. Let Yuvraj come in to the side and he won't find his spot in the team. He should also thank Sachin to opt out of the tour.

  • POSTED BY Puff_uff_dust on | July 30, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    I am tired of hearing comments such as 'Flat track bullies' etc. I accept the fact that India have not performed well abroad off late or in the recent past, but how many teams have performed well outside their home conditions? As was mentioned by Ian Chappell some time back its easier to adjust from fast bouncy pitches to low slow turning ones than the other way round. Not making an excuse but people need to check facts before posting such comments. Battering Indian team constantly without taking look what their teams have managed in Asia is weird. When was the last time England won a series in Asia (except the one against Pakistan one in bad light). Australia of late has stuggled in Asia, even the mighty Ponting, one of the best players of fast bowling has struggled in India. Does that make him a Fast track bully? The one complete team in world cricket at present is South Africa, who have a good record everywhere. But they too struggle in one aspect, namely handling pressure.

  • POSTED BY abyrao on | July 30, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Some batsmen with lesser grace and style are more effective look at Chanderpaul, thats what matters. Because what are you going to do with the talent if u cant use it that too after so many chances. SLs Kapugedera, Banglas Ashraful, Englands Bopara like Rohit are dubbed as talented, but whats their use after such a long time they cant adapt at international level. Let them showcase their talent in domestic games and let either Rahane or Tiwary get a chance atleast.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 30, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @Stevegridley - you talk nonsense INDIA won the world cup on flat tracks which your team was present at. So dont talk about cant bat on flat tracks. Our under 19 and India A have done well in Oz winning tournaments there. Its mainly our bowling that fails in a team sport where everything needs to be right. Yes some of aged players are now past - Rohit Sharma scored a century in the IPL against good foreign bowlers. Aakash thanx for the good analysis.

  • POSTED BY Ajronald on | July 30, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    hate people replying on caps ,, willl they ever know a internet decency ...?

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | July 30, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    A well written and thoughtful article. Is India team management reading it? The fans can readily relate to the apt paralle with Kambli. If Rohit now scores well in the next match, that simply won't be sufficient for me and many other knowledgeable India fans. We don't share the faith that team management has in Rohit.

  • POSTED BY Abbas_G on | July 30, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    apart from all denigration, Rohit is a player to watch when he is in full form

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Some more on Rohit Sharma's Potential and Talent and Technique. He has played 83 ODIs for India. For a Top Ranked player coming at 2 down he has a strike rate of just 78 and a batting average of just over 31. I can not imagine that in this day and age when there are 20 overs of Power Plays, the above statistics can justify selection for the No. 4 batsman in India's ODI matches.

  • POSTED BY thalalara on | July 30, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I believe its only bad luck for Rohit, I cant find any difference between Rohit, Raina and rest of the youngsters including Virat Kohli, all the players are Kings of flat wicket, there is no much difference amongst the players represented India in the last 20 years ( except for Sachin & Dravid) , luck is not in favor of Rohit as simple as that.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    harsh....quite harsh but very true aakash. i think similar chance would have given to utthappa n dinesh karthik in odis n kaif in tests then they would have permanent their respective places.

  • POSTED BY Stanmclean on | July 30, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    lol, even on flat wickets these guys can't play. What do you expect of them, when they failed miserably in Australia. Improve your domestic league and encourage your players to join leagues in Australia or England. It will help them gain more experience and teach them to play in different conditions, not just at home.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | July 30, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Chance after chance..... its high time to drop him & play Manoj or Rahane in the next game !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    India must have 2 teams one with those players who score runs and other with the so called "TALENTED" players

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Agree 100% with Rick Jamez. Rohit Sharma must find his place in Test XI first before ODIs. Once he finds his feet in Test cricket, he can transition to ODIs.

  • POSTED BY KARAN_AHIR on | July 30, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    HI GUYS.WONDER WHY SO MANY OF US ARE SO CONCERNED ON HOW`S ROHIT SHARMA`S CAREER WILL PAN OUT AND HOW HE NEEDS TO IMPROVE.1ST & FOREMOST THING IS THAT DOES HE REALLY WANT TO IMPROVE,YES HE`S TALENTED...YES HE`S GOT THE CALIBER TO BE 1 OF THE BEST INDIA HAS EVER PRODUCED BUT ITS UP TO HIM HE`S HIMSELF HAS TO WORK ON THAT...& NONE OF US CAN HELP HIM....BUT 1 THING AT WHICH V ALL SHOULD DRAW OUR ATTENTION IS THE PROBLEM WHICH INIDIA HAS BEEN FACING FOR YEARS SINCE 1996{MANOJ PRABHAKAR`S RETIREMENT}.A MEDIUM PACE ALL ROUNDER.I HAVE SURRENDERED ALL MY HOPES OF INDIA HAVING A GENUINE OUT IN OUT FAST BOWLER.SO A MEDIUM PACER ALL ROUNDER IS SOMEONE WHAT INDIAN CRICKET TEAM DESPERATELY NEEDS.IRFAN IS THERE BUT DON`T KNOW FOR HOW LONG OUR SELECTORS WILL LIKE TO SEE HIM PLAYING COZ NOW A DAYS HE`S IS CONSIDERED AFTER BOWLERS LIKE VINAY KUMAR & ASHOK DINDA.GUYS CHECK PLAYERS LIKE SACHIN RANA & SRIKANT WAGH.TEAM INDIA IS NOT AS LUCKY TO GET SOME1 LIKE KAPIL PAAJI BUT ATLEAST THESE MAY HELP

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I disagree. Most Indian batsman do not have the talent to perform well overseas. They can only play on flat wickets, which even at times proves difficult for them. What they need to do is learn how to play on pitches with movements and not be scared to take body blows. Indian batsman will keep failing like in England and Australia, if they persist in only playing on road like pitches. They are a average side, but they need to improve.

  • POSTED BY shibuvin on | July 30, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I would say, It's sensible to give a chance to Rahane and bring down Sehwag lower order, as sehwag is prone to get out quickly. Rahane may open with gambhir, while sehwag can occupy Rohit place. In the bowling area, Replacing umesh was not a reasonable idea.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @To all the BD fans-There is a match going on between a second string Baroda XI vs BAN A, the link for the match is attached..http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/573910.html Plz check wat a second string regional team of IND can do to BAN A which is full of players with International experience..time for a reality check brothers..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    I never understand why people commenting about Sachin while article is about someone else...guys stop picking him...where he is right now no body has any rights to comment on him. just talk about where the problem. its funny some one is saying Sachin is not a master of test matches...go home buddy..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    What is the use of abundant talent, when it does not come to use when needed?

  • POSTED BY mrgupta on | July 30, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Though i really appreciate Dhoni for backing up his players to give them enough opportunities to show their talent, i believe enough has already been done for Rohit. I am not saying we should not give Rohit more chances but first let him go back to domestic cricket once again. He cannot take his place for granted anymore. A batting avg of 31 after 82 games speaks of itself. Even players like Raina who bats lower than him have higher batting avg. Talent alone is not enough, consistency is the key in International Cricket. Why can't we give Tiwari another chance? Let go of Rohit...

  • POSTED BY sanmaha on | July 30, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Rohit got enough chances to prove but he couldn't able to prove it. it is a right time to bring tiwary or Rahane and groom them. promote raina at no 5 he is most capaable player then khoil see is record in ipl he is only player to score above 400 in all 5 ipl edition

  • POSTED BY bipulkumar on | July 30, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Temperament lets Rohit down but what keeps Tiwary and Rahane out. Enough of favoritism and irrationalism. Whatever Rohit is and whatever Rohit has, there is no reason to block equally (if not more) talented people out of the team for a player who has got enough and enough chances to prove himself. Instead of improving, he is now scoring ducks. Tiwary is a brilliant fielder and equally good batsman. There is no person that comes close second to Rahane's record in domestic cricket. Let these 2 play.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 30, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Alexk400 : I don't think Raina is a problem.. Yes he is when he comes in at score of 50-4.. He is the guy who we groom as finisher irrespective of who abts first.. To provide final finishing blast when we set target and to end the chase when we chase.. He has lots of room to improve.. If he can get the knack to build an innings when at 50-4 and make the score to 220+, he can be a Bevan for sure.. But as of now, his performance at the end doesn't warrant any criticism.. He is too good fielder and a guy with best attitude for a cricketer.. As they say, the guy with huge desire and temperament..

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Rohit sharma should take a rest now and give other player chance. This is not end of rohit's career, selector should not think in that way but just give guy a break and wait for chance when some player in team gets injured. Rohit gets out easily he doesn't put price in his wicket. He can learn from his mistakes. I personally feel that he should be promoted up the order so that he can play without any pressure that way he might get a confidence back. Lets hope good for this guy.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 30, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I don't know what to say.. Rohit pre-IPL as really looking good.. If we look at his contribution in T20 EC win, it was really great.. Gave good finishes to the innings and his fielding was really good.. And, they took him to Australia where he played a marvelous innings in finals along with Sachin and earned the name tag "Next big thing".. Now, he displays occasional brilliant innings - As against WI and fades away.. Usually, the failures will be discarded as one-off for good players.. But Rohit's performances makes his good innings as one-off kind.. May be, the selectors need to speak with him in proper way and allow him a good time off to make him to set his priorities.. A county season might help?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    I think part of the problem is that he is more suited to test cricket rather than ODIs. Just look at his record, Avg of 60 at First Class level and a Avg of 35 in domestic ODIs...That's not to say he can't be successful in ODIs, but its clear his real value is in the longer form of the game. Must be rather frustrating to Avg 60 and not be able to get in the test team, problem with the likes of Laxman continuing on is by the time the young guys get a game, they may already be past their prime.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 30, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Sachin and Kambli came in the scene...Talent wise both were equal. We all know what happened to Kambli because of his lazy and bizarre attitude...same situation with Rohit and kohli....Kohli is sachin...Rohit is Kambli..

  • POSTED BY Jack_Tka on | July 30, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    I believe that Rohit has taken his place in Indian team as granted. With management and Captain on his support all the times, it might have got into his head. Virat is the best contemporary example of how a person should make the best of given opportunities. The time when they both debuted, was almost the same. But Virat has scored centuries in AUS where everybody failed. He helped India to chase 300+ score within 40 overs. Like Dravid said in an interview, TALENT is not all about TECHNIQUE, its also about TEMPERAMENT and APPLICATION. 2 matches are left, and Manoj and Rahane yet to get any chances. Like somebody pointed out, this series should have been utilized to give these players to perform at international level. ONE IS FAILING CONSISTENTLY, OTHERS ARE STILL WAITING.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    When there is no consistent performance, it is totally futile to argue about his potentials and strengths (even for the most powerful player in the nets). He's been given with enough chances already. Make him warm the bench, just to make him realize. If i were a selector, i'd give more chances to the much deserving Rahane, Tiwari and Badrinath.

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | July 30, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    MSD and BCCI gave so many chances to Rohit Sharma.I am asking them is Tiwary and Rahane going to get that many chances aswell.if u r give that many chances to any first class player he will start playing good after all.but Rohit cant play at all.get someone else ban Rohit for international cricket.god sake

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | July 30, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    What shot? which impossible shot are you talking about? I have no idea which talent you refer to when talking about this lazy bloke. Have you seen Kohli leaving those deliveries outside off stump and then cracking a flicky on drive from his pads.....those are impossible shots...Kohli is talent, Rohit is over-rated waste of time and place in the team.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | July 30, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I don't know hwy people keep going after suresh raina. Understand that he has a problem with a short ball (and most players have, sangakkara is out bcoz he was hit by dinda of a short ball) but raina does all other hings well lik ebatting under pressure and keep the strike rate up which is the most crucial thing at position he bats. It is always difficult to maintain the average at that position bcoz almost always the team is running out of time and raina has to get going staright away. As far as talent is concerned, I haven't seen any body hitting malinga right over his head for a six under pressure. Also he made important 30's in quarter finals , semi finals of world cup against defending champions australia while chasing targer. Temperamentally he is brilliant. I would rather have him in team than those so called talented players like rohit and those who play a short ball little better than raina but fail to deliver under pressure.

  • POSTED BY Y2SJ on | July 30, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    He is lazy and complacent. Chuck him out of the team and give someone like Rahane or Tiwary an extended chance to prove.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | July 30, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    without proper technique dhoni averages more than 50 in odi cricket.even if u have good technique u need to know how to score runs.rohit sharma is just like that he may have talent,technique but he doesn't know how to score runs.he is most laziest cricketer i hav ever seen.he played his first odi in 2007 but still he doesn't have permanent place in indxi. rohit is not international material he is just fit to play in ipl and domestic matches.it's time to give rahane more chance than rohit.i see rahane doing well in international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    For me, there is no doubt in my mind that he is talented and has techniques. But he lacks physical fitness and doesn't look like an international player. He resembles VVS in that aspect. Enough is enough, MS can give much needed chance to M Tiwari or Rahane. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Good analysis by Aakash Chopra.

    - As someone pointed it out, you know what to expect from malinga delivery, first up. It was no brainer. He could not negotiate it. This is sheer incompetence.

    - Why should Rohit be given special treatment with so many chances. Even the greats like Dravid and Kumble were not given so many chances. So far, Robin Uthappa also has not been given fair chance. He has 38 ODI Vs Rohit's 83 !.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Excellent article about Rohit't talent and it is very difficult move forward with player like him. The main problem with Rohit is lack of consistency which is very important any young player move forward in international matches. He already played 80+ one day matches and most of his dismissals are soft dismissal in that sense he is not taking his opportunities seriously. MSD's & co statement to consider him as a player for 2015WC looks immature. You can't select who is going to participate after 2 years that means you are underestimating our system which is not able to find more talents. We need to select the best available XI on that time any other young talent come in to the team.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | July 30, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Rohit is talented but what is the use.. Dhoni is not as gifted as Rohit in terms of technique.. but look his contribution.. Raina with limited technique gives it all.. Even Gambhir/Sehwag for the matter is not that good technically.. And looking at the manner Rohit got out these three games and in Australia, does he look like the best talent available? NO.. He played cross bat most times and got out pushing outside off deliveries which are not a quality of a best technique guy.. I would rather prefer a bad technique performer than a good looking failure..

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 30, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian : Rohit is a terrific player. Just keep your eyes open and keep watching. We will talk to you very soon about this again buddy. And you are commenting on Indian players and team a lot. Show me one player in Pakistan team who is fit to be even Rohit's ball boy.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    I'd be very interested to see what your opinions on the first two 'T's are regarding Virat Kohli. I personally find him much more talented than Rohit Sharma, but apparently not everyone thinks the same.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    enough abt rohit sharma. India doesnt have a shortage of talent. by the time we finally decide hes a good for nothing, rahane and tiwary and others would be on the verge of retirement. get this guy out of the team for christs sake

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | July 30, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @Alexk400 -- When was the last you made any sense? All the players you quote are damn fine players, and would walk into most international teams today. How many teams have a better no. 6 than Raina? He played damn fine innings in world cup in case you missed watching world cup.

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | July 30, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    @Ahmad Uetian -- He is much better than all of the Pakistani batsmen put together though.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 29, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Aakash, As usual a fine analysis of Rohit's batting with respect to 3 T's (instead of 3 R's) - Talent, Technique & Temperment. However I would like to emphasise 2 more word, " C & D - called Confidence & Discipline" which are lacking in Rohit. I have some doubts about his technique as well. I have rarely seen him play a straight bat defence with head over the ball to middle it with the bat. These slant bat strokes may work when a batsman has his "eye-in" & knows the pace of the pitch. Rohit's batting at the start of his innings is shaky at best. This is because his defence is not sound. He should polish his defence first - eliminate slightly slant bat defence. If he does that he will be able to convert his talent into runs.Develop a Tendulkar, Dravid or Gavaskar-like defence. His dismissal in the 3rd ODI was due to this slant bat, which came earlier than the ball.A straight bat would never have missed that ball. Defence is the key to the success of batting.Confidence will follow.

  • POSTED BY mannan_ma on | July 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Rohit has class written all over him for success at the international level. however what he needs is that elusive element (atleast in his case) called luck. i have played cricket and i follow it all the time.my experience tells me that rohit needs to bat at #3 to be successful or may be #5.Mr. Dhoni are you game for this tactical change?

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 29, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    What i see though Rohit sharma not physically strong or willing to work in GYM. Laziness and temperament issue always connected with fitness. For me he never take things serious. Everything given to him easily. When you get things easy in life you fail to respect. Its like you give bliss free , no one respect the value. For me he is another player who plays well for club but not for a country. Pressure gets to him or he is not prepared for it. With raina same thing but he does win games occasionaly with his stroke play. Sehwag also going down..he is not taking things seriously.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Unfortunately so very true Akash. Rohit is a strange case, if he's left out of the int'l squad, Given his skill, he'd go back to national matches and score runs at will with the same technique and shots against average bowling oppositions. What he really needs is a makeover in temperament, he needs to be mentored in a better way. I seriously hope the selectors don't waste this magic lad.

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | July 29, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Dhoni/Team Management: Please swap Sehwag and Rohit's batting position. That will give Rohit some time (few overs) to settle down. Also, moving Sehwag to middle order will add experience to the middle order.

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | July 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    The whole system is flawed because it RELIES on individual greatness. After such serious debacles at Australia and England, why does Dhoni not try something different ? In case of Rohit, I believe it is not a simple case of a bad series or bad patch; I feel like he has been sorted out at the higher level. Everyone questions Rohit or Dhoni; I question 'What is Fletcher doing' ? To me, the coach should be answering the question about Rohit.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Excellent Analysis, Akash. Temperament is the top-most requirement at the highest level in Cricket. Chanderpaul may not be a talented player but he has grit and determination written all over his face when he comes to the crease. He knows his limitation and adjusts his temperament as the situation demands. Well done, Akash.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Guys, bottomline for Rohit Sharma - God has done everything possible to make him successful. Rohit only has to put the finishing touches - is he willing / able to do that ? Another thing - a good captain is one who gets his team to perform better than their best. Dhoni is not even able to get 30 % of Rohit's potential in months. Is there something wrong with Dhoni....OR is Rohit just not interested in earning his pay as an Intl cricketer ? If Dhoni is incompetent, Srikanth & Srinivasan should look to replace him. If Rohit is not interested, maybe he should be sent back home.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 29, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Why not play Nohit Sharma as a second spinner who could bat? Time to give Manoj Tiwari a chance...still want Nohit...pick him as spin bowling allrounder...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @ anirudha ---if virat is over-rated , then who the hell is a class rated player for u??, if thr is any. check the status and use senses plz.

  • POSTED BY huffpost on | July 29, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    i wonder whether akash analyzed his own batting so well....i dont think he had any of the three Ts.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Head falling over, weight not shifted to front foot, staying on back foot to good length deliveries, playing with closed face to deliveries aimed at middle stump are lot of his technical problems........................he is simply not technically good enough for international cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Perfect Analysis of Rohit Sharma's situation by Aakash Chopra...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Why Tiwary is not given a chance despite Rohit's continued failure?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    can't believe!! people "batting" for NoHit sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Beautiful analysis Aakashji...

  • POSTED BY ksivapr on | July 29, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I am not saying Rahane / Manjo Tiwary just like that i am comapring the players in the squad. Why you look at simply Rohit.....i like his batting and i know that he got very good talent....thats why i particularly mentioned about his feet in Tests.. if you look at the yougsters i can say rohit has the good potential for tests. Boss...its TEST so it will definetely takes time to become master like dravid/laxhman i dont even say sachin if i compare test masters .... i can say rohit has got very very good talent to prove himeself as test master and it will be very good sign for india. He has to play..play tests....ten definitely he will make it. The future of indian criket should concentrate on test player because all masters are gone ....The topic here is potential of rohit thats why i brought TEST matches.

    Talking about opening parternership....are you really satisfied with the way shewag is playing??? really??? with the running between wickets?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Rohit needs a break! We shouldn't wait to give a chance to Rihane/Tiwary. Let Rohit play T20. Belief in talent is different from actual talent and temperament. Selectors of India should rethink and groom Rohit going back to Domestic matches. I don't underestimate his talent but temperament.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    In all fairness, Manoj Tiwary deserves a chance( atleast as many as Rohit got) and Rohit needs to iron out the kinks in his technique. He is neither a Sachin nor a Dravid for such an extended run We need runs to win matches which obviously were'nt there from Rohit. Hope the lobbying for Rohit woud end for the good of Team India.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | July 29, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    A wonderful analysis by Akash.Rohit Sharma seems more like Kambli than Sachin as he is made out to be. When one's inner fibre is questionable you cannot expect someone like Dravid to spring up. It is not that Indian cricket has never known batsmen who were just as talented as Rohit as Crindo77 assumes.I wonder how long he has watched Indian cricket really because if he had seen Vijay Manjrekar, Gundappa Vishwanath and Mohinder Amarnath play against top quality fast bowling,he would not have believed that Rohit Sharma is the only batsmen who could face fast bowling. They played bowlers like Trueman,Hall, Roberts,Holding and Marshall.In fact I saw Rohit play against Steyn when he was really on fire in the last IPL when MI were playing no hopers DC.Rohit Sharma could not get to even touch the ball ever once in the over. If he was as good as he is made out to be he would have nicked the ball at least ! I would any day have Rahane and Pujara in the Indian team on a regular basis.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    If an excellent player of Fast Bowling like Yuvraj Singh has not fulfilled his potential at Test Level yet I don't see Rohit Sharma with his lazy attitude ever succeeding in Tests or any form of International Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @aniruddha shindhaye can you please point out how virat is overrated, with the kind of success he has had,how much more he should do to get that tag removed,about being arrogant-well who cares as long as he scores

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    If an international batsman has half a brain, then he should know the stock delivery of Malinga in powerplay/death overs will be a yorker. Inability to anticipate and negotiate that delivery is nothing but incompetence. Especially when its your first delivery where you are not looking to attack. Rohit Sharma may have oodles of talent, but I have very little time for people who do not respect the God-given gifts to them. Its time to look beyond.

  • POSTED BY ksivapr on | July 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    The assessment is perfect but there nothing wrong with manoj tiwary. What ever matches he played are not crucial so we dont have results to judge his potential also . So If new guys with talent its always good to encourage as we need some good experienced player after next world cup. I dont think rohit sharma suits for all pitches. I can say he will become good test player like dravid/laxhman he has got talent. I think INDIA should concentrate on the next opening pair.... my 200% belief is that Rahane will fulfill one position.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    its sad for talent like rohit hasnt found his feet yet in the international cricket. He had his share of bad luck as well ... he had to sit almost for an 2-3 months in australia during the test series anticipating for being selected in the next match .. that was the time he was in excellent form ... so give him a break .. just let him play ... i dnt know why people say rahane or manoj tiwari should be included .. looking at both of them i would chose rohit sharma any day ........it took a lot of time even for tendulkar laxman to find their feet in international cricket .. so let him play don't over burden him with pressure ... dhoni has some cricketing brain .. he is much much much better than any one who is commenting here .. so trust dhoni and team management ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    The problem with Rohit Sharma is that he has so many people batting for him: Fletcher, Dhoni, Gambhir Chopra etc. that he doesn't feel he has to do it himself.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Rohit still needs some time for maturing. Give him time and see the wonders he will create!!! Even Greater then the overrated Virat 'arrogant' Kohli

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Nice assessment...this is what the out-of-form players need when they're going through lean patches..not the criticism which is easy to make.. its easy to point out the mistake but it is hard to give a solution for that.. and Akash Chopra here does in perfect way..now Rohit Sharma needs to look into all these and should focus on improving..one thing he should not do is to loose the Self Confidence.. He should always be believing in himself. we all know how talented he is and the composure he shows is so nice that it makes batting looks like touch easy when he is on the crease..Good Luck..

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Give him another five years by which time the threat from Manoj Tiwari would have been nullified and Dhoni would be safely retired

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | July 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Watching Rohit Sharma hit a short pitched deilvery from an Australian pacer in the CB series for a flat six over square leg, it struck me why it looked so unusual. The reason was after Sachin, this was the first time I had actually seen an Indian batsman treat short pitch bowling with firm confident disdain. In India its a rare quality, and a favourite way of teams to dominate India is to pepper with short stuff. What happened to Raina in England was painful to watch, and it hurt. Especially as Raina is a matchwinner, he was systematically targetted, as part of a plan, with the English commentators losing no opportunity to point out his deficiency. Manoj Tiwari is a fine player, but in an IPL match against Decaan, Steyn and co found him out. In T20 cricket you can get off the strike and hide, but in the longer formats you will be exposed. Rohit Sharma has the rare quality of facing pace bowling confidently. Let him find his form; there are enuff players to play medium pace bowling.

  • POSTED BY DEV_ME on | July 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    You have rationally explained the 3 'T's. Arrogance and Irresponsibility are the doom factors for Rohit. Ispite of having been able to share the dressing room and the crease with Tendulkar. During IPL tourney, one could always see Sachin talking to Rohit - in the dug out, in the dressing room, on the pitch - One could also see a livid Tendulkar (who rarely shows emotion) when Rohit would bring on one of the HOW moments. What use is the Talent and Technique, as you say, of Rohit, if he is not able to Accept, Assimilate and Adapt to the advice from likes of Tendulkar. By the way, I do have my doubts over Rohit 'ticking' the Technique box ... but then thats for another day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    That's a good point made...!! It's true to a very good extent

  • POSTED BY muski on | July 29, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Well Akash- If you give a search for the meaning of temperment, you get the following definition " the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person". Ajay Jadeja on commentary yesterday said Rohit was a bit overweight- thats the physical part of it. More importantly, its the mental part of it where Rohit is failing. Its not a syndrome with him alone. Have a look at our Archers for example in the Olympics. When a do or die situation arises, they fizzile out. Its typically a " patented" Indian trait. We are a third world country as far as sports psychology is concerned. Given the fact that we are already on the back foot considering our physical fitness, the weak mental strength compounds our sporting problems.

  • POSTED BY harnam76 on | July 29, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Rohit sharma is in team only because of massive pressure of his God father . what kind of talent he has i am failed to understand he has been in team from the last seven years and continously giving poor performance but still cricket experts trying to justify him on the basis of his hiden talent. When sachin tendular said that rohit sharma would break his record I was shocked that even sachin tendulkar rate him so high. This is not good for indian cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Rohit. If your playing in the next match even after this much, then please ask Manoj and Ajinkya to go home personally. They are wasting time warming the bench and waiting for the golden opportunity which you get so easily. At least in the next match try to beat Ashwin's highest score this series (21, i guess). Seriously if your a perfect gentleman, please volunteer to sit out in the next match for the betterment of the team and for yourself. Then probably Come back refreshed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    As always, another excellent analysis by Aakash. Reminds me of what Dravid mentioned recently of how often we misuse the word 'talent', which should be a complete package, including temperament and mental strength.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | July 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Aakash Chopra can at best be a termed a moderate critic, but if even he is so revved up at expressing his angst about the strange case of Rahul beSharma, certainly there is something amiss (hey wait, why I am talking like Aakash now)!

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  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | July 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Aakash Chopra can at best be a termed a moderate critic, but if even he is so revved up at expressing his angst about the strange case of Rahul beSharma, certainly there is something amiss (hey wait, why I am talking like Aakash now)!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    As always, another excellent analysis by Aakash. Reminds me of what Dravid mentioned recently of how often we misuse the word 'talent', which should be a complete package, including temperament and mental strength.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Rohit. If your playing in the next match even after this much, then please ask Manoj and Ajinkya to go home personally. They are wasting time warming the bench and waiting for the golden opportunity which you get so easily. At least in the next match try to beat Ashwin's highest score this series (21, i guess). Seriously if your a perfect gentleman, please volunteer to sit out in the next match for the betterment of the team and for yourself. Then probably Come back refreshed.

  • POSTED BY harnam76 on | July 29, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Rohit sharma is in team only because of massive pressure of his God father . what kind of talent he has i am failed to understand he has been in team from the last seven years and continously giving poor performance but still cricket experts trying to justify him on the basis of his hiden talent. When sachin tendular said that rohit sharma would break his record I was shocked that even sachin tendulkar rate him so high. This is not good for indian cricket

  • POSTED BY muski on | July 29, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Well Akash- If you give a search for the meaning of temperment, you get the following definition " the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person". Ajay Jadeja on commentary yesterday said Rohit was a bit overweight- thats the physical part of it. More importantly, its the mental part of it where Rohit is failing. Its not a syndrome with him alone. Have a look at our Archers for example in the Olympics. When a do or die situation arises, they fizzile out. Its typically a " patented" Indian trait. We are a third world country as far as sports psychology is concerned. Given the fact that we are already on the back foot considering our physical fitness, the weak mental strength compounds our sporting problems.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    That's a good point made...!! It's true to a very good extent

  • POSTED BY DEV_ME on | July 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    You have rationally explained the 3 'T's. Arrogance and Irresponsibility are the doom factors for Rohit. Ispite of having been able to share the dressing room and the crease with Tendulkar. During IPL tourney, one could always see Sachin talking to Rohit - in the dug out, in the dressing room, on the pitch - One could also see a livid Tendulkar (who rarely shows emotion) when Rohit would bring on one of the HOW moments. What use is the Talent and Technique, as you say, of Rohit, if he is not able to Accept, Assimilate and Adapt to the advice from likes of Tendulkar. By the way, I do have my doubts over Rohit 'ticking' the Technique box ... but then thats for another day.

  • POSTED BY crindo77 on | July 29, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Watching Rohit Sharma hit a short pitched deilvery from an Australian pacer in the CB series for a flat six over square leg, it struck me why it looked so unusual. The reason was after Sachin, this was the first time I had actually seen an Indian batsman treat short pitch bowling with firm confident disdain. In India its a rare quality, and a favourite way of teams to dominate India is to pepper with short stuff. What happened to Raina in England was painful to watch, and it hurt. Especially as Raina is a matchwinner, he was systematically targetted, as part of a plan, with the English commentators losing no opportunity to point out his deficiency. Manoj Tiwari is a fine player, but in an IPL match against Decaan, Steyn and co found him out. In T20 cricket you can get off the strike and hide, but in the longer formats you will be exposed. Rohit Sharma has the rare quality of facing pace bowling confidently. Let him find his form; there are enuff players to play medium pace bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Give him another five years by which time the threat from Manoj Tiwari would have been nullified and Dhoni would be safely retired

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Nice assessment...this is what the out-of-form players need when they're going through lean patches..not the criticism which is easy to make.. its easy to point out the mistake but it is hard to give a solution for that.. and Akash Chopra here does in perfect way..now Rohit Sharma needs to look into all these and should focus on improving..one thing he should not do is to loose the Self Confidence.. He should always be believing in himself. we all know how talented he is and the composure he shows is so nice that it makes batting looks like touch easy when he is on the crease..Good Luck..