The score of Rohit Sharma, was such that he was rated as Mumbai’s super addition to Indian cricket because of his brilliant showing on the court. We shall not forget in a hurry the T20 world cup in South Africa in 2007 and of course the tri-series triumph in Australia which proved that Rohit Sharma possessed immense cricket talent.
That injury before test debut
Rohit Sharma was no less disappointed with the cruel faith that befell him in 2010. He lamented that three years in the life of a cricket player can make the huge difference in one’s career. This illustrious vice-captain of the Indian cricket team had the opportunity of his dream debut as part of the Indian test line-up. He grabbed the opportunity and made a good showing on the field; this match was part of the farewell for another Mumbai legend. He was able to score a mammoth 177 in his debut. In the next game, he had another fine century at Mumbai, which led to a dream debut this right-hander.
Get Set Go: Debut
Faith played a cruel one on Rohit Sharma in 2010 when the world had expected him to make his test debut. His inclusion in the team met with great expectations from fans of the game all over the world but just as everybody was expecting this genius of a player to announce his arrival with a big bang; an unfortunate injury while he was playing football ruled him completely out of the showpiece.
His contrasting walk in Tests and the ODI formats
A will always have his off day, this was the faith that befell Rohit Sharma. The Indian management had hoped that they will find in him a suitable number 6 that will step into the shoes left behind by the likes of Ganguly and Laxman’s. There has been a vacuum ever since the departure of the duo and this is where Rohit Sharma failed to rise to the occasion when it mattered most. He was not consistent in his outputs on the field of play and this made the selectors to drop him from the team and even the fans had a poor rating of him on account of his poor showing. He missed out in making good score during India’s foreign tours. He had many dismissals to compound his woes.
However, something that went well for Rohit Sharma that did not make the world to abandon him completely was his potential for the bat. With his great displays in the ODI formats as an opener as well as in 50-50 cricket; Rohit amassed a total of 8686 runs at an average of 48.5 with 27 centuries. He dominated in one day cricket and this rare feat brightened his chances of brighter days ahead in the cricket world. Rohit Sharma holds the world record for three double centuries with the highest score of 264 against Sri Lanka. The icing on the cake for him was the World Cup 2019 which heralded his glory on the cricket court; he was the highest run-getter in the event.
A chance for Rohit Sharma to redeem himself – who can displace from the team?
The selectors are looking favourably at Rohit’s dream run in the shorter formats. His qualities in test cricket however shows that, Sharma has had a poor outing as per his standards, his last scoring a century against Sri Lanka was during the islandersâ€™ tour to India during the 2017-2018 season.
The records show that Sharma had a poor show during India’s tour of Australia in 2018. Going by his exploits in the in the solitary half-century which added four innings to his name and with an opportunity in the West Indies tour and going by his recent superb form, he would likely displace someone on the Indian cricket team.
Sharma has the burden of proving his worth as a national hero once again with this IND vs WI match. This is an ideal opportunity for this Mumbai Indians batsman to herald into his glorious destiny.
In the absence of Prithvi Shaw and with the availability of the likes of Kohli, Rahane, and Pujara, Sharma who will wear the number 6 jersey?
A possible selection nightmare is up for the Indian management. Will they go with inform Rohit Sharma for this Ind vs Wi? Time will tell. If given the opportunity, will Rohit Sharma his glory? We are waiting to see!