Rohit Sharma to ‘Hitman’: A glorious decade | Cricket News

UNIQUE: Rohit Sharma 2.0, or Rohit Sharma, ODI opener, celebrated his 10th birthday on Monday. Exactly 10 years ago, Rohit opened the ODIs for the first time and scored 83 goals against England in Mohali, completely changing his white football career.
Until January 23, 2013, Rohit was struggling to close the gap between potential and performance. His ODI resume is made for casual reading: two hundred games against Zimbabwe in a series and a few fifty games here and there. That contradiction got him kicked out of India 2011 World Cup team. Eighteen months later, then-Indian captain MS Dhoni asked Mumbaikar to take on the new ball in the ODIs and Rohit found his true calling.
His ODI record is now on par with the all-time greats in this format: 240 games, 9681 runs, 48.65 average, 264.29 top score, 48 fifty . Three hundred pairs. A total of 267 six, the most.


India coach Rahul Dravid said, “He is an extraordinary cricketer. He clearly started out as a really precocious talent and I remember meeting him for the first time when he was 17 or 18. He just came out under the age of 19 and you can see that you are looking at something a little different here. And he continues to prove it. You look at a lot of kids who look different at 19, but not all of them are really reaching their potential.
“What Rohit has done for the past 15 years, he is a great servant to the Indians baseball. The turning point was when 10 years ago he finally got his chance to open up and indeed, his hallmark was clearly his performances in the ICC tournaments and his ability to score big. Someone has hit three hundred doubles in this format, which is an absolutely phenomenal achievement.”
Deciphering why Rohit was super successful as a white-ball opener, Dravid said, “He had an all-around game.”


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