West Indies v India, 3rd ODI, Antigua June 12, 2011

Rohit shows willingness to change

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"He is a lot more disciplined now," was what Suresh Raina had to say after Rohit Sharma played one of the most mature knocks of his international career to help India win the third one-dayer against West Indies in Antigua. It wasn't the pitch, or the attack that Rohit conquered today - there wasn't much venom in either. Instead it was an on-going inner battle with himself that he finally won. For some time now the battle has been: Rohit v Rohit. He has always given the impression of man who gets bored easily. He will lace a couple of pretty drives, play a big shot, make it all look easy before suddenly and, inexplicably, throw his wicket away. Perhaps the game came too easily for him.

He usually starts his innings a touch edgily but he flowed from the start on Saturday. The intent was still the same; he usually goes for couple of big hits early in his knock and he did so again. In the past, those attempts have threatened to derail him. Even in the second ODI, there was an expansive heave against Devendra Bishoo when he was yet to get off the mark and the ball just about cleared mid-off. On Saturday, he hit a six and a four against Sammy early on but in a more controlled arc, in the V.

The thing that stood out, though, was how well he controlled the chase. We have seen it from him in the IPL where he has earned his name as a finisher. He has rarely displayed that skill at the international stage but he did it in Saturday's game. India coach Duncan Fletcher was lavish in his praise. "It was a tremendous innings," Fletcher said. "I thought it was a great innings. It's not easy to finish like that. It shows the quality of this team that a player like him is not in [the] Test [squad]. He can probably make most Test sides but there is such quality in Test side now- there are such great players in there …"

Rohit seems to be in a hurry to erase the blots in his CV. He is a lot fitter now and by his own admission, a lot hungrier for success. He had played over 60 one-dayers for India with little to show. At the start of the tour he said that he was a changed man, desperate do well and represent India for long. He has done most things right in the series so far.

However it is a touch early to say that Rohit has turned the corner and has finally arrived. He has definitely taken the first step but more proof of that will come on tougher pitches and against tougher attacks. It wasn't all that long ago when he struggled against the bounce and movement that Morne Morkel extracted in the ODI series in South Africa early this year.

And there were a few technical problems that ailed him even before that. He would often drive without quite leaning forward fully and the short cover was almost omnipresent in most opposition plans. He worked on this shortcoming in the nets by using a shorter bat which forced him to lean forward as otherwise you couldn't connect with the ball. However, in the recent times, he started to develop an initial forward-and-across movement with his front leg which helped him to lean into the drive but threw up other complications: if the delivery cut in at pace, he often found himself having to play around the front pad and became an lbw candidate. If the ball, as Morkel repeatedly did, bounced from short of length and held its line outside off, Rohit would get a touch squared-up and stab out at it.

These are technical kinks but the most important criticism leveled against him was about his mindset. Rohit has shown the willingness to change and the third ODI was further proof of that. He has fans in the opposition camp as well. "He is a wonderful player," Ramnaresh Sarwan had said earlier in the series. "He has a way of sneaking up on you. He seems to be flow quietly and suddenly you realise he has reached 40."

Even as the ball that brought up the winning runs sped towards the midwicket boundary, Rohit turned to collect a stump for a souvenir. This knock could well be the one that he will look back later in his career as a little "big moment".

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rajamohan777 on June 14, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    In a tour where most of our senior batsmen have opted to rest or heal, the most consistent batsman with peak potential and red hot at the moment Rohit Sharma should find a place in the test team. The Indian board should ask Rohit to continue after the one day tour because the best time to give confidence to highly potential players is when they are in peak form and in the right mindset. Rohit definitely deserves a chance in such prime form and responsible mindset. The present day Test cricket requires fundamental strength and positive mindset and we would make a terrible mistake if we were to ask Rohit to go back after the one dayers. 2 of the 3 (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina) should play alongside Dravid and VVS in the middle order. Hope the selectors have the guts to make Rohit stay back and continue to build a career which could be so important for India in the longer term.

  • on June 13, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    India always used to havea wristy and elegant batsman - people like Vishwanath, Azhar, Laxman - people who took your breath away with their style. Rohit Sharma follows in that tradition. It would be a travesty if he were not make the Indian test team - for you would be left with people like Gambhir, Kohli, etc who are indeed effective but take away the charm from test cricket. If you are going to watch a day of test cricket in India, its the beauty and talen that people like Laxman and Rohit display that can rivet you. ofcourse unless Rohit gets more disciplined and maintains concentration to play the long game, he can't think of filling Laxman's oversized shoes.

  • Hells_XI on June 13, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    @JimBond - Instead of a new batsmen we can have murali vijay or abhinav mukund in that spot.

  • indiacricfan on June 13, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Rohit is a great talent and he has learnt it the hard way by missing out on a world cup squad. we all hope and pray that we are not seeing another Carl Hooper or L shivaramakrishnan who always seemed to have the talent to be a Shane Warne or Viv Richards, but somehow seemed to lose it when it mattered most. Its time for a slow transition since "the wall" and the "master blaster" are not growing any younger. If Rohit can keep his feet on the ground, he definitely is one of the closest contenders to replace them. God has gifted him with the talent, but the attitude and the hunger for runs is something that he has to develop himself.

  • jimbond on June 13, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    YEs, a bit unfortunate that someone like Rohit Sharma who has often been written off as unsuitable for tests, hasnt ever played even one Test Match. The time is just right to groom him for the tests- we may need him to be settled by the time the big three are on their way out. My pick for the top six in the next decade in tests- Gambhir, New Batsman(Rahane?), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni. I am assuming that Laxman will be around for an year or so, and Sehwag for 2-3 years.

  • on June 12, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I've always said Rohit is the most talented young batsmen in India. Players like Kohli and Raina are probably more determined, that's all. Also, I wouldn't write off Badri that soon; he's a quality player. With Pujara, Rahane, and Mukund waiting in the wings, I have no concerns about India's batting future. We need some more exciting news in the bowling department - hopefully Ishant will bowl really well in the remaining 2 games.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 12, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    One guy commented it was a joke when I said Badri was coiling back into his shell. If Badri is not going to attack he will be out of the Indian squad very soon. He wouldn't have a third chance.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Raina said of Rohit "he is lot more disciplined now". What happened to Raina's discipline playing such a rank bad shot of Pollard with team needing him to show responsibility& discipline as a Captain? Lack of responsibility in disciplined batting is the problem with several Indian batsmen. They have a lot of talent but end up playing too many T-20 shots in ODI & sometime in tests. This has kept both Raina & Rohit Sharma from making the Test grade. Yuvraj had the same problem which he overcame in the world cup ODI's. Kohli, Rohit and Raina are the future replacements for Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman with Yuvraj doing the same for Gangully successfully.While Kohli has accepted the challenge and showed some discipline, Rohit & Raina are still struggling. Both are good fielders & also useful off spin bowlers. But they need to show maturity to play responsibly.Indian bowling needs wicket takers like Mishra. Ashwin should get a chance to prove it in 4th ODI in place of Harbhaja's failures.

  • Flat_Track_bullies on June 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Funny the way Suresh said "I will speak to Fletcher" Suresh, if you're reading - this comes across kinda rude to Duncan, you obviously didnt intend. You either call people by name "I will speak to Duncan" or "I will speak to Mr Fletcher" if thats how you want to say". Cultural difference!

  • on June 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Rohit has immense potential and that is an open secret. He is probably the best in technique along with Pujara among the youngsters. Happy to see him put down his head and play some good innings. Started to do justice to his talent. Go back to Ranji and score tons of runs. On the other hand hope Badri wont end up being a la Wasim Jaffer, scoring runs by the bucket in Ranji but just cant make the step up.

  • Rajamohan777 on June 14, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    In a tour where most of our senior batsmen have opted to rest or heal, the most consistent batsman with peak potential and red hot at the moment Rohit Sharma should find a place in the test team. The Indian board should ask Rohit to continue after the one day tour because the best time to give confidence to highly potential players is when they are in peak form and in the right mindset. Rohit definitely deserves a chance in such prime form and responsible mindset. The present day Test cricket requires fundamental strength and positive mindset and we would make a terrible mistake if we were to ask Rohit to go back after the one dayers. 2 of the 3 (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina) should play alongside Dravid and VVS in the middle order. Hope the selectors have the guts to make Rohit stay back and continue to build a career which could be so important for India in the longer term.

  • on June 13, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    India always used to havea wristy and elegant batsman - people like Vishwanath, Azhar, Laxman - people who took your breath away with their style. Rohit Sharma follows in that tradition. It would be a travesty if he were not make the Indian test team - for you would be left with people like Gambhir, Kohli, etc who are indeed effective but take away the charm from test cricket. If you are going to watch a day of test cricket in India, its the beauty and talen that people like Laxman and Rohit display that can rivet you. ofcourse unless Rohit gets more disciplined and maintains concentration to play the long game, he can't think of filling Laxman's oversized shoes.

  • Hells_XI on June 13, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    @JimBond - Instead of a new batsmen we can have murali vijay or abhinav mukund in that spot.

  • indiacricfan on June 13, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Rohit is a great talent and he has learnt it the hard way by missing out on a world cup squad. we all hope and pray that we are not seeing another Carl Hooper or L shivaramakrishnan who always seemed to have the talent to be a Shane Warne or Viv Richards, but somehow seemed to lose it when it mattered most. Its time for a slow transition since "the wall" and the "master blaster" are not growing any younger. If Rohit can keep his feet on the ground, he definitely is one of the closest contenders to replace them. God has gifted him with the talent, but the attitude and the hunger for runs is something that he has to develop himself.

  • jimbond on June 13, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    YEs, a bit unfortunate that someone like Rohit Sharma who has often been written off as unsuitable for tests, hasnt ever played even one Test Match. The time is just right to groom him for the tests- we may need him to be settled by the time the big three are on their way out. My pick for the top six in the next decade in tests- Gambhir, New Batsman(Rahane?), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni. I am assuming that Laxman will be around for an year or so, and Sehwag for 2-3 years.

  • on June 12, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I've always said Rohit is the most talented young batsmen in India. Players like Kohli and Raina are probably more determined, that's all. Also, I wouldn't write off Badri that soon; he's a quality player. With Pujara, Rahane, and Mukund waiting in the wings, I have no concerns about India's batting future. We need some more exciting news in the bowling department - hopefully Ishant will bowl really well in the remaining 2 games.

  • MaruthuDelft on June 12, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    One guy commented it was a joke when I said Badri was coiling back into his shell. If Badri is not going to attack he will be out of the Indian squad very soon. He wouldn't have a third chance.

  • Nampally on June 12, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Raina said of Rohit "he is lot more disciplined now". What happened to Raina's discipline playing such a rank bad shot of Pollard with team needing him to show responsibility& discipline as a Captain? Lack of responsibility in disciplined batting is the problem with several Indian batsmen. They have a lot of talent but end up playing too many T-20 shots in ODI & sometime in tests. This has kept both Raina & Rohit Sharma from making the Test grade. Yuvraj had the same problem which he overcame in the world cup ODI's. Kohli, Rohit and Raina are the future replacements for Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman with Yuvraj doing the same for Gangully successfully.While Kohli has accepted the challenge and showed some discipline, Rohit & Raina are still struggling. Both are good fielders & also useful off spin bowlers. But they need to show maturity to play responsibly.Indian bowling needs wicket takers like Mishra. Ashwin should get a chance to prove it in 4th ODI in place of Harbhaja's failures.

  • Flat_Track_bullies on June 12, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Funny the way Suresh said "I will speak to Fletcher" Suresh, if you're reading - this comes across kinda rude to Duncan, you obviously didnt intend. You either call people by name "I will speak to Duncan" or "I will speak to Mr Fletcher" if thats how you want to say". Cultural difference!

  • on June 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Rohit has immense potential and that is an open secret. He is probably the best in technique along with Pujara among the youngsters. Happy to see him put down his head and play some good innings. Started to do justice to his talent. Go back to Ranji and score tons of runs. On the other hand hope Badri wont end up being a la Wasim Jaffer, scoring runs by the bucket in Ranji but just cant make the step up.

  • Raj12345 on June 12, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Why you people are hurry to say bad about Badri. He has just got chance to play 6 ODIs. Rohit got more than 60 matches. there is always difference. Give more chances to Badri . you will get an answer. If that is not going to happen, then sorry. I am sure some people are really afraid to see Badri.

    No one noticed that Rohit is compared to Sachin during initial days, but what happen when Rohit start playing, he is always ask to bat at No:6 & No;7, and failed. That is not his fault. He has to come at No:3 to show his skills. My word is always drop Raina. He survives in team because of IPL.

  • 786-786 on June 12, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    mr blacke housten you back up Badri with so many arguemant even he is not performing well.u declare oneday team wich does not include Munaf patel who is highet wicket taker in this serias.you need more home work.

  • Finn92 on June 12, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Thing is for Sharma you have to feel a bit sorry for him. If he failed in this series that might have been him out for the forseeable future, if he succeeded as he is doing people just complain over the poor standard of opposition so he's not in a great position. I commented at the beginning of the series that he would need to play the kind of knocks as he did yesterday, not only 50's but matchwinning 50's from tricky positions, mature runs. He certainly is making the most of it this series but as the article states he has a very long way to go before he can be considered part of a full strength XI. He's obviously a good player but when the retirements occur in the Test team he will have plenty of competition for the places and he will have to fight very hard. He is starting to convince me a littlle that he is more than a twenty20 player but he just needs to carry on playing like he did in this game.

  • CricketChat on June 12, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Rohit did some justice to the faith shown by past & present selectors and Ind fans. However, he has got a long way to go still to deserve a permanent place in the team like Virat did. After watching first 3 ODIs against a team no better than say, Bangladesh, I find Dhawan, Badrinath, Yusuf just not int level cricketers. In Yusuf's case, he hit couple of tons in ODIs recently when the situation seemed a lost cause and he wouldn't get the blame for trying something out of ordinary. But, when the match is even or slightly against his team where he needed to show his class, put his down and build an innings of substance, he utterly failed. Dhawan seems more like a Ranji/domestic level player than of Int. class, similar to players of the past like, Ajay Sharma, Ashok Malhotran, Dalvi, Yujurvendra Singh etc.. I do hope he proves me wrong and make a int career still. Badri seems to lack the confidence to go for his shots at top level, though he could do it at lower levels.

  • cricinme on June 12, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    Blake, can u till me who is this Makund.

  • cricinme on June 12, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Now that the series has been won, bring in the changes. Bring in Tiwary, Ishant, Ashwin and Vinay and drop Dhawan, Praveen, Bhajji or Mishra and Pathan.

  • on June 12, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Full strength india Test side :Makund, Sehwag, Ghambir, Tendulkar, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni, Harbhajan, Ashwin/Mishra, Khan, I.sharma, (badri and Rohit as back up batsman, P. kumar as back up quick) Full strength ODI: Makund, tendulkar, Ghambir, Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Rohit, Ashwin, Mishra, P.kumar, Khan 12th man Badrinath. Dravid to be dropped for test side for a younger and in better form Makund, and Sehwag to make way for Makund as Sehwag has been an average ODI player. Before this series i would have put Badrinath ahead of Rohit but after current performance too hard to look past Rohit. No idea why Makund was chosen behind shikhar dhawan for ODI opener for this series!

  • spinkingKK on June 12, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Please guys! I saw some comments about Rohit being a legend and ready to replace Sachin etc. It is ridiculous. He has only taken a step in the righ direction to justify all the hype about him before. Performing agaist WINDIES in an ODI when CHASING 220 odd runs when your team is 2-0 up in the series is a lot easy task than playing in a test match against the teams like South Africa, Australia and England. Rohit sharma got to prove a lot to be considered as a player to trust in Test or ODI, for that matter. He is still young and seems to show some hunger for runs and that is a good sign. But, I still rate Raina, Gambhir and Kohli higher than him, because they have done lot more than Raina in the past. I sincerely hope Rohit comes good and make a batting line up involving himeself, Raina, Kohli in a test lineup in the most near future.

  • on June 12, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    rohit sharma is my favorite indian batsman of this era.He is so simple, yet so elegant.

  • venkat_75r on June 12, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    It is sad to see people writing off Badri too soon. Remember Rohit had got more than 50 matches. It is true that Rohit has got the natural ability. However, Badri is a class act too. He is a fighter. He was the man of the match in the 20/20 and out of two chances he has got so far he scored 17 in one and unfortunately got run out when he started looking good. Badri is a kind of player who will accumulate runs initially and then go for the kill. He will always compensate the strike rate in the latest part of the innings. It was Badri and Parthiv, who steadied the ship initially for the likes of Rohit and Harbajan to finish things off. Let us not forget this!!!

  • on June 12, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Anyone on Badrinaths back, he got 43 in t20 (MOM) 17 in 1st game (17 is a start) didnt bat in 2nd, and got RUN OUT by parthiv in 3rd after 11, he needs to back himself more, he can't block his way through Bishoo(very good leggie) bowling and expect to get runs or loose balls from bishoo, he needs to take the bowlers on ,he was in for 30 balls in 1st odi and 28 balls in 3rd ODI, if he was batting properly in both games at a run a ball he should have scored about 30 both games, he is in good form. His slow scoring pressured the runb out u could say. He needs to play the last 2 games and the 3 tests, this is as good a time as any to test him out. Shikar dhawan on the other hand needs to go, he got a 51 which is good but all other innings he hasnt got past 5 and this is awefull!!! also he made duck in debut last year! Badrinath should open batting(get him away from bishoo!) Rohit bat 4, manoj tiwary in for shikar Dhawan, play ashwin for yusuf pathan, 5th bowler has been a huge struggle

  • Jarus on June 12, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: Why are you dragging Parthiv Patel in when the topic is revolving aroung Rohit Sharma? Give the kid a chance! He'll only be in the team as long as MSD is out.. FYI he's the second highest scorer in the Indian team this series so far and third overall behind Rohit Sharma and Sarwan, much higher than the Rainas, Badrinaths, Kohlis, etc.

  • sachin_vvsfan on June 12, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @Fennington Suresh agree with you. He has disappointed us a number of times and he did play these kind of one off knocks. Now lets c how badrinath performs. He deserves half many chances as rohit has got. For shikar dawan the least said the better. He isn't ready for international cricket. Parthiv is not even gud for IPL.

  • AndySaywell on June 12, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    It's great 2 see Rohit doing well & hope he is really a changed (for good) man. He should just become more responsible & hungry (as he shown yesterday - he can do that). Looking 3 years down the track from now (RD / SRT / VVSL retiring), I think we have 1 solid replacement already in Kohli & 1/2 poential for Rohit & Suresh Raina add Ajinkya Rahane to the equation, I think future looks good. Why Rahane wasn't selected for this tour ahead of Badri & Yusuf is still a big question for me. Anyway the likes of Rahane, Sourabh Tiwary & Paul Valthaty can't be ignored for long. The only thing we need to focus is the fast-balling, b'coz Zak can't B there 4ever, Ishant is going HOT - gone cold, Sreesanth is hopeless - We should try & groom Varun Aaron under Zak's wings & try 2 get Ishant more focussed & that department will also look better. GO AHEAD INDIA.

  • on June 12, 2011, 10:50 GMT

    mr veera, there is no technical kinks in his armoury..infact, in the indian tour of rsa, rohit sharma was the only player who was playing morkel very well, leaving delivries outside off..and getting into drives..infact, he gets very early into the position which is the hallmark of playing fast bowlers with a very good technique,,and he uses his malleable wrists to push these rising delivries..he is a prodigy..the only thing is that he he needs to prove himself that he is a legend in the making...thanks

  • on June 12, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Rohit has always been talented and i can only blame the way he has been managed and his discipline to not being a permenant member of the Indian starting 11...

  • pr3m on June 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    A hungry Rohit couldn't come at a better time for India. Sachin's body is giving away, and if he doesn't go now, there's a good chance he might get stuck with either a falling average and increasing difficulty, or a crippling injury. As such, Rohit can replace him at 4 in the Test side. If this guy can keep his hunger up, I don't think he's gonna be too perturbed by the short ball. I'll go as far as saying that he plays the short stuff more comfortably than most even in the Test side.

  • thewayitwass on June 12, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    No doubt rohit, and in fact many of the young indian batsman have bright futures, but as others are alluding to, these youngsters get no opportunity on tougher wickets/against tougher opponents, so when the senior players retire,and it could be all at once, then they will be thrust into a difficult environment and expected to lead! would be a good idea to phase out the seniors to prevent mass exodus, but ofcourse while they are still scoring runs, it is very difficult!

  • Leggie on June 12, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Wonderful knock by Rohit and excellent support from Harbhajan. Like some of the readers suggested, these are still early days and a couple of knocks like this against quality opposition will help Rohit leap to the big league - not the leagues of IPL but much beyond. On the same front, this series certainly helped identify two batsmen who seem very much out of the big league - Badrinath and Dhawan. Both struggle to get runs off the square and rotate strike and it is utterly disappointing to see their performances. Okay Dhawan did score a fifty, but it was a chancy one with unconvincing strokes. Some may tend to think that Badrinath was unlucky to be run out in only his second comeback match, but the time he spent in the middle was long enough to be "judged". Let's hope that the likes of Manoj Tiwary & Vridhiman Saha gets their chances in the next two ODIs and grab their chances.

  • abhi20690 on June 12, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    i hope rohit continues this form and attitude for a long time. I have been a fan of him ever since the t-20 wc in 2007 and hope he continues to prove his critics wrong.

  • sweetspot on June 12, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Rohit, the most exasperatingly talented Indian I have ever come across. Even on pitches where other batsmen are hurried, this guy has like two hours to play every ball. That is just a rare, rare gift, and even people who want to purely go by statistics should start seeing the signs. I remember that one IPL game when Rohit Sharma blasted 26 off the last over in a desperate chase. All clean shots, no fuss. This guy is pure class, but I don't know how much he WANTS to be consistent and successful. I hope he is hungry, for the ability is there to be tapped into. @US_Indian: Whatever FAB this FAB this you talked about also scratched around at the beginning of their careers. No, Kumble is not being missed either. India's record has improved since Kumble left the scene, did you not notice? India has now got the ability to win no matter what resources we have. We have Captain Cool to thank for this transformation.

  • on June 12, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    In middle part of the innings rohit seems to be frustrated . bhajji cooled him down and that worked wonders..

  • CijoAntony on June 12, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Rohit Named as Junior Dravid when he enter into int'l cricket... he was such a talented and techinically perfect player but, when he started playing in IPL, he lost his technics and talent. So guys, please put first things first, think IPL or playing for India is best............

  • ashok16 on June 12, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    After all the earlier criticism and whining, some praise is due for the selectors. They are very open minded about both bringing in new blood and giving second chances. We are number one in test matches and the world cup winners, and the selection team must be doing something right as the bench strength looks very solid too. Now if only we get two world beating bowlers, we can well dream of a dozen years on top of the world.

  • PraneshShiv on June 12, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    My probables for remaining 2 matches: Vijay, Pathan, Kohli, Rohit, M.Tiwary, Saha, Raina, Mishra, Ashwin, P.Kumar and M.Patel. Hope this order by giving 2 chances for Y.Pathan to open the innings might work well for India. Raina swinging his bat will help during the final overs. Tiwary could also be come out with strong middle order experience with Kohli and Rohit. Giving a match rest for Harbhajan and bringing Ashwin would also give some sigh of our next future responsible off spiner. Will these comments would be shown to the Team India at WI now???

  • phaniraja on June 12, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    i think he is d one who got good amount of chances in indian side but disnt had an particular position to bat he opened the innings in absence of sehwag and came as no.3 and played at each and every position at top order and as well as middle order.............its very difficult to perform on such basis when u dont know at which position u bat and diff to plan ur game but now hez coming at no.6 for india consistently i think this position suits him better.........and he can plan his game accordingly and perform..........he is d future cricket of india..........nice to see him perform...........

  • SamRoy on June 12, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    I have seen a few innings of Badri at international level now; I can safely say he will never be as good as Dravid in his prime. Though I rant a lot about Dravid there is no denying the fact he was a great player till WC 2007 after which he lost his mind. Well, he never lost his ability and still can play that odd great innings. Badri just doesn't look that comfortable facing top quality bowling same as Yuvraj and Pujara. I have said all along Virat and Rohit can become great players but I had a question mark about Badri, Pujara and Rahane. Two of the question marks have been resolved (Badri and Pujara) more or less and unfortunately for India the answer is no for both. They (Badri and Pujara) can still be good players in test cricket (like Sidhu, Ganguly, Dhoni) though if they fight it out.

  • on June 12, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    It is very satisfactory win by India powered by Rohit sharma and Harbhajan when all big guns are resting and young Guns are misfire on top except Parthiv.I looked entire match live and sleep with great feeling that our cricket is in good hand of younger generation who takes responsibility when matter most and wish to a clean sweep from our young guns...........

  • skyeshwin on June 12, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    It's not a question of talent. It is not like Rohit is talented and the other players are not. Every player who has represented India is talented. The big factor is execution. Today, Rohit executed his plan perfectedly. As a former hater myself, I think he will go in a long way in achieving sucess. Best of luck to him.

  • anurag4u10 on June 12, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    now dis is what mks inclusion of bhajji in odi outfit a reasonable one. not only he is economical bt he also contributes wd d willow whenever the top order is uprooted

  • on June 12, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    thank god rohit is showing his talent at the highest stage until SRT is there he suits into india s odi line up better than kholi kholi is better at no 3 but he played well in the WC at no 4 especially the final and unfourtanly badri just doesnt suit into indias odi line up can suit into test but i think players like yuvi,kholi,r sharma should be given chances ahead of him . he should have been given MOm

  • indianpunter on June 12, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    @ fennington suresh. agree completely. one swallow, a summer doesnt maketh !

  • on June 12, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    I wouldn't jump for joy so soon and make a conclusion that he is a changed man. He has done this many times before, just when u think he has turned the corner with a couple of gud knocks he would go right back to square one. He had a couple of gud knocks in australia in '08 & then went cold. He was really hot at the beginning of the T20 '09 WC as an opener & then went cold. He scored back to back centuries last year in Zimbabwe & then fizzled away. So hold your horses guys. Let us see how he shapes for at least couple of series & then draw your judgement. If he really has turned a new chapter, then he definitely will have a permanent place in the Test side. That would make the future of the Indian test scene that much more brighter.

  • muski on June 12, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    This is one good thing to happen to Indian Cricket from this otherwise uninteresting tour. Rohit, Kohli and Badri have the required talent and hunger to slowly slip into the very big shoes of Sachin, Dravid and Laxman in the foreseeable future. This is not to overate this guys as exact replacements. No right thinking person can say that. The problem is that these guys would NOT get a look in against stronger sides like England and Australia latter this year when the regulars would be back. How the Indian board tackles that will be interesting to see. To expect these guys to suddenly fire against quality opposition one fine day would be asking for too much.

  • US_Indian on June 12, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Come on guys, just chill. Just one good innings everyone is writing poetry about him. He had umpteen number of chances but still failed, may be he has lots of talents but that does not mean he is a genius or a sure shot for indian team. Let him be consistent then we can all talk about him. I am surprised to see people writing we are not going to miss the FAB4 which I would say FAB6, mark my words those are huge shoes to be filled and it is not going to be easy. Right now we are seeing how difficult it has been to fill Kumble's shoes inspite of all experience of Harbhajan, only player among the FAB6 who is not going to be badly missed is Ganguly with Gambhir showing signs of replicating Ganguly's talent even that is not 100%, so filling the in the shoes of Kumble,Sachin,Dravid,Lakshman,Ganguly,Sehwag is easy said than done, that kind of a bunch comes once in every say 30-50 years time, similar like Greenidge,Haynes,Richards, Lloyd as batsmen and Roberts,Marshall,Holding, Croft ,Garner.

  • on June 12, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Rohit sharma is the perfect combination of technical correctness and innovation, this is the rare quality only the great one possesses it. He is the batsman of caliber of ponting and tendulkar, hope he will lived up to his true potential. i back him to take dravids place in test 11, once the maestro retires.

  • shaileshacharya123 on June 12, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Rohit is a classy batsman and far more better then AYAousuf or BAdrihnath....he is a rocker

  • cricinme on June 12, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Now guys pls dont compare Rohit with Tendulkar. Yday you made Kohli score a duck. Do not do it for Rohit now.

  • HarishVS on June 12, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    This is good news now! The mighty talented Mumbai Batsman has announced a willingness to produce big classy runs and finishing it to win for India. Indian team will not be complete without one or two greats from Mumbai and Rohit is going to be one for the decade. Once the legends retire, Rohit would be there to cover for Tendulkar's exit.

  • harryrockz on June 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Ha ha... Comedy of chase. When I left my office last night after seeing WI reach 225, thought that India will choke initially and will win the match. The same thing happened. The higher and higher the target is, India batsmen tend to add price to their wicket and play sensibly. Here once they saw 225, they decided that they have to go for every ball and hit them out of the ground. IPL is still lingering in some players' minds. By the way Rohit played really well. It was disappointing to see Dhawan and YP play like this. YP is still to get out of his mode and play really well. And Dhawan is of no use at the top of the order. Pretty well we can have Vijay opening with Parthiv. My XI for the next match will be Vijay, Parthiv, Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Tiwari/Yusuf/Badri(any 2), Bhajji, Ashwin, Ishant, Praveen/Munaf.

  • donda on June 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Again credit goes to Shane Warne, who said in IPL that Rohit Sharma is a player to watch. Shane Warne is not even a great cricket legend but great predictor.

    Great great knock by Sharma and do not forget the knock of Harbhijan singh. It was great too. Its the most awesome come backs in both innings in one match. Quite unbelievable stuff by both teams.

  • on June 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    This is real classy .....this is real Rohit about whom Shane Warne & Andru Symands talk in their interview.... .........................remember this is only start....

  • PraneshShiv on June 12, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Ah aa... The answer is MRF bat with Rohit Sharma. Kya Bat hai, Worlds best hai!!!

  • Pathiyal on June 12, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    this was a good responsible knock from him. its high time he shud come up and save bigger matches. theres no point in talking about how he has wasted his past and all that....its time for him to luk beyond. what is most amazing about him is the stance ....its very effortless and he has got plenty of time to decide which shot to go for before the ball reaches him. its just a matter of being mentally and physically fit.

  • yuviyash on June 12, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    This guy reminds me of yuvraj singh in his yunger days..having truckloads of talent, but nt using it to full optimum.Just like the indian oil cup of 2005 was the turning point of yuvraj singh's career,this series can be said as a turning point of rohit sharma's career.

  • shrastogi on June 12, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Rohit Sharma maturing is a good sign. He is eyeing a place in full Indian team and is competing with likes of Kohli, Raina & Y Pathan. The biggest change this season is his fitness as he has lost a few kilos. Its a good beginning for Duncan Flethcer though likes of Gayle missing from WI team has made his task easier. India should now look to rest Kohli, Harbhajan & Munaf Patel and find out if the pipeline still is robust.

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Mr. Veera, you have specified some technical problems that Rohit has.. how did you learn about them? Did he tell them to you himself, or did you pick them on your own? If he told you himself (very unlikely) then you shouldnt make it public, or if its your own theory, then we don't need to know it. techniques are overrated, just ask sehwag or dhoni.

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is once again showing his class as a batsman and there are few better than him at this stage as far as pure class is concerned but what is setting him apart from say a Virat Kohli is his temperament or the lack of it. He now has to get on a consistent run because he has this habit of taking things lightly once everything is going well. He has got to remember that the attack he is up against in this series is an ordinary one and that he'll face tougher challenges ahead but he is certainly capable of overcoming those challenges with the amount of talent he has.

  • Aussasinator on June 12, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a prodigy and a batting genius who had lost his way in the last few years. He is now back with a changed temperament and can quickly vevolve into a legend to succeed Tendulkar if he maintains focus. His batting is the stuff that legends are made of if u watch him closely and as experts have. Congrats Rohit, Well done India. And yes, isnt it time to show Yusuf Pathan the door?

  • Percy_Fender on June 12, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    If Rohit Sharma can get over his temperamental shortcoming, he will get over any technical problem that writers point out like a doctor at the operating table to interns. If he gets out to a particular kind of delivery a couple of times, Sharma has the cricketing wisdom to overcome most. Then he has one of the most meticulous mentors in Duncan Fletcher keeping an eye on him. That itslf will give Rohit the confidence that he is on the right track. Personally, I wish someone like Viv Richards would take the trouble of talking to him. He will then realise that people expect him to be responsible. This innings brought great joy to most people who follow Indian cricket. I hope Rohit Sharma would go on from here on to be the great he was destined to be. With the likes of Rahane and Pujara waiting in the wings I am sure the Fab 4 will not be missed when they retire. I wish the hopes of a billion people gets realised.

  • kingcobra85 on June 12, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    great work Krish srikanth for picking rohit eventhough th4 so called experts where saying otherways...

    As the series is already won its time to test other talents mukund,ashwin,saha, and ishant in the first eleven.If i am honest i would say these four would strenthen the side than weaken it...i see no problem for ashwin to come in either for pathan who is woefully out of form with bat or harbhajan who is out of form with ball..

    Saha can replace either badri or dhawan and ishant should take the place of praveen kumar.

  • bismoy on June 12, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Rohit has to work on temperament,apart from that he is best talent world has ever seen after sachin birth......

    Has a complete game and looks amazing while playing with no weakness and can hit six at will,,,,,with so much of talent he has to given chance in test...

    Hope dravid take retirement ....We need to see this special talent in test....India future looks super bright with rohit,raina,kohli....

  • bismoy on June 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Selector must give more chances to rohit sharma rather than like of shikar dhawan or Badrinath.....Rohit is far superior talent than anyone leaving aside the great sachin...

    People like badri/dhawan/rahane scores tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket but one can clearly notice they are not good enough for internationals....

    India future will depend upon Rohit/Raina/Kohli....rest youngster are just not upto international standard.............

    Rohit must be given more chances....he has what it takes to be real great...sorry not flat bully like badri,monaj tiwary or rahane.......

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    team should give chance to other players in the team, for the next match dhawan,yousuf shld be out and replace manoj tiwary and ishant sharma...it will practise game for ishant and play five bowlers..bowlers only going to win matches...

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Well said Mr.TRAM. I too agreed with ur opinions.

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Another well made innings to see india home.. the way he is playin and the willingness to carry the team home in tough situations is very impressive.. im more attracted by his innings.. another very promising talent.. watch out yusuf

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    the way he is now contributing with the bat and the willingness to handle the team in tough situations.. he has impressed me more these days..

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    On a day when a bad decision sawed off Virat Kohli early Rohit grabbed his chances well. That he is putting in an effort to rectify his mindset is a good sign. Among the incumbents he certainly is the most gifted. Suresh Raina has the confidence of the management as the future leader, courtesy a cool head and willing to fight despite problems against short ball. Virat Kohli is ambitious enough to have stopped deviating midway and worked fiercely to tighten up his technique. Rohit must know that he has a headstart with the talent - Warne, Tendulkar, and Akram don't lavish cheap praise. But he also must know he has got a long rope and it's about time he affords a payback. Only a well rounded technique and an eager mind will keep him ahead.

  • TRAM on June 12, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    In the past, every time he showed his seemingly good 'class' for a match or two, he started to fail again for another 10 innings and then got dropped. Lets hope he plays consistently at least from now on. As the author says he has failed against big bowlers in good tracks. I dont mind showing 64 matches patience with RSharma. I dont mind Raina given so many chances until he started playing without fear. Selectors and people, please show the same patience with players like Badri as well. Check SRT's initial innings and it will show that youngsters need many match chances to come of age. Rohit, Badri, Kholi, raina are the core of India after the big 4. I am saying this based on their batting technique. The key difference between the previous big 4 and the young 4 is that the young ones belong to the next generation of brilliant fielders.

  • sams235 on June 12, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Rohit, but, he has been playing excellently. I think Yousuf should be axed and someone else given a chance, he is an overrated player.

  • on June 12, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a class act. If he imbibes a quarter of Sachin's dedication, he could be the next Inzy of world cricket.

  • on June 12, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    finally! this guy has such unbelievable talent and i used to pull my hair in dismay when i see him wasting it! but yes this is a start! he looks fitter and hungrier! so good news for the Indian Team i guess!

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  • on June 12, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    finally! this guy has such unbelievable talent and i used to pull my hair in dismay when i see him wasting it! but yes this is a start! he looks fitter and hungrier! so good news for the Indian Team i guess!

  • on June 12, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is a class act. If he imbibes a quarter of Sachin's dedication, he could be the next Inzy of world cricket.

  • sams235 on June 12, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    I am not a big fan of Rohit, but, he has been playing excellently. I think Yousuf should be axed and someone else given a chance, he is an overrated player.

  • TRAM on June 12, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    In the past, every time he showed his seemingly good 'class' for a match or two, he started to fail again for another 10 innings and then got dropped. Lets hope he plays consistently at least from now on. As the author says he has failed against big bowlers in good tracks. I dont mind showing 64 matches patience with RSharma. I dont mind Raina given so many chances until he started playing without fear. Selectors and people, please show the same patience with players like Badri as well. Check SRT's initial innings and it will show that youngsters need many match chances to come of age. Rohit, Badri, Kholi, raina are the core of India after the big 4. I am saying this based on their batting technique. The key difference between the previous big 4 and the young 4 is that the young ones belong to the next generation of brilliant fielders.

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    On a day when a bad decision sawed off Virat Kohli early Rohit grabbed his chances well. That he is putting in an effort to rectify his mindset is a good sign. Among the incumbents he certainly is the most gifted. Suresh Raina has the confidence of the management as the future leader, courtesy a cool head and willing to fight despite problems against short ball. Virat Kohli is ambitious enough to have stopped deviating midway and worked fiercely to tighten up his technique. Rohit must know that he has a headstart with the talent - Warne, Tendulkar, and Akram don't lavish cheap praise. But he also must know he has got a long rope and it's about time he affords a payback. Only a well rounded technique and an eager mind will keep him ahead.

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    the way he is now contributing with the bat and the willingness to handle the team in tough situations.. he has impressed me more these days..

  • on June 12, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Another well made innings to see india home.. the way he is playin and the willingness to carry the team home in tough situations is very impressive.. im more attracted by his innings.. another very promising talent.. watch out yusuf

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Well said Mr.TRAM. I too agreed with ur opinions.

  • on June 12, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    team should give chance to other players in the team, for the next match dhawan,yousuf shld be out and replace manoj tiwary and ishant sharma...it will practise game for ishant and play five bowlers..bowlers only going to win matches...

  • bismoy on June 12, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    Selector must give more chances to rohit sharma rather than like of shikar dhawan or Badrinath.....Rohit is far superior talent than anyone leaving aside the great sachin...

    People like badri/dhawan/rahane scores tons and tons of runs in domestic cricket but one can clearly notice they are not good enough for internationals....

    India future will depend upon Rohit/Raina/Kohli....rest youngster are just not upto international standard.............

    Rohit must be given more chances....he has what it takes to be real great...sorry not flat bully like badri,monaj tiwary or rahane.......