Cricket World Player of the Week - Rohit Sharma
Following all discussions on his technique and whether he can fit into the Test opener's role or not, Rohit Sharma answered the critics with this bat.
The right-hander, opening for the first time in Tests, raced to 176 in the first innings of the first Test against South Africa at Visakhapatnam with a flurry of boundaries. In the second innings as well, when the wicket had deteriorated and India needed quick runs, he came to the party with another hundred.
With this, Sharma became the only first-time opener to score two hundreds in Test cricket. With 16 sixes in the match, Rohit became the player with the most number of sixes in a Test match as well. Interestingly, he also became the first Indian player to be out stumped twice in a Test.
The best part about Rohit's innings was that he scored at strike rates of 72 and 85 respectively and hence moved the game quickly. This is one attribute which sets Rohit apart from most other cricketers. When on song, he can take the Test match away from the opposition within a session.
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Rohit Sharma has made a fine start to his career at the top of the Indian batting order! pic.twitter.com/etlLDVKTlb
The 32-year-old can prove to be a great asset for India in the times to come in all formats. Only one thing remains on his check list i.e to score in conditions where the ball swings and seems.
If successful, this can well turn out to be the coming of age of one of the greatest white-ball batsmen in Test cricket.
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