Rohit's 264 - An Innings Of Style & Elegance
Rohit Sharma is back with a bang. He showed the world that he is not only talented but hard working as well.
Generally, when a player returns to the team after an injury it’s not easy for him to get going from the first match. Rohit not only scored his second double-hundred but also broke the record of Virender Sehwag.
Rohit is now the highest scorer in One-Day Internationals and scoring more than 250 in 50 overs is almost unbelievable. His innings of 264 contained 33 fours and nine sixes.
He started his innings in his own manner. He took his time intially and played the ball on merit, reaching his 50 in 74 balls. No one would have thought at that point of time that Rohit will score more than 200 today.
Slowly, Rohit started opening up and picked up the gaps by playing conventional cricketing strokes. What was most delightful to see that he allowed the ball to meet his bat. He never went hard at any ball and his main motive was to pick up the gaps around the field.
The way cricket is played these days it’s important to be attentive and play smart. Rohit did this in fine style. He knew that the outfield is quick at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata and he took advantage of this.
The way he judged the length quickly was also one of the keys to his success. Most of his strokes were right from the coaching manual. Every time he crossed a milestone he looked more determined and focused. The hunger to perform and make it big was visible in his eyes.
One shot which he played when he was on 221 can be termed as the best shot of 2014. Nuwan Kulasekara bowled the ball outside the wide mark of the off stump. Rohit quickly went towards the ball and scooped it over mid wicket for six.
It felt as if he was taking out a scoop of ice cream from a big basket and throwing it in a glass positioned far away.
The timing was also perfect in that shot. This shot tells us that Rohit was almost pre reading what the bowler was going to do. Until now we thought only Sachin Tendulkar knew about the mindset of a bowler.
The footwork of Rohit was excellent today. He was always in a good position to play the ball in the right direction. He has improved his off-side batting as well and definitely knows which ball should be hit straight and which one should be played to third man.
The manner in which Rohit compiled these 264 runs gives a strong indication that he is the right choice to open the batting for India in the upcoming World Cup. It will be tough for him to bat in Australian conditions but we also know that if someone is in great form then pitch and conditions don’t matter. Cricket sometimes is more of a mental game than physical.
This innings of 264 is now written as one of the biggest things in the history of ODIs. Rohit has given a strong message that impossible for him is a word that is not in his dictionary.
He also showed that big scores can be made in ODIs through normal batting and without any slogging.
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