Rahul Dravid revealed the turning point of India captain Rohit Sharma’s career. Rahul Dravid also called Rohit Sharma A ‘fantastic’ cricketer and a great servant of Indian cricket. India’s head coach Rahul Dravid Revealing the turning point of Rohit Sharma’s career, this cricketer came into the limelight when he got a chance to open the innings.
Rohit Sharma opened India’s innings for the first time during the tour of South Africa in January 2011. The right-hander scored 23 runs in the third ODI against the Proteas. He started the regular innings in the home series against England in 2013.
Rahul Dravid: Rohit Sharma is truly a great servant of Indian cricket and has lived up to his potential; His turning point came when he opened for the first time
In the last few innings, Rohit Sharma scored 27 and 51* (against Bangladesh), 83,17, and 42 (against Sri Lanka), 34 and 51 in the first two New Zealand vs IND ODIs. His last ODI century came against Australia in January 2020.
Since that ODI sen in 2020, Rohit Sharma has played 16 ODIs and managed 5 fifties during that time, but his century column is zero. He started many times but could not score a century.
“He is a fantastic cricketer for India. I remember seeing him for the first time when he was 17 or 18, just coming out of 19, you could see him looking a little different and he proved it. You look at a lot of kids who look different at 19 but not all of them reach their potential.”
“What Rohit has done in the last 15 years I think has really achieved his potential and has really been a great servant of Indian cricket and done really well,” Rahul Dravid told a press conference.
“Maybe in some ways for him, the turning point was when he finally got a chance to open and really his hallmark was his performance in the ICC tournament that we saw in 2019 but also his ability to score big runs, which anybody has got. In this format (ODIs) Three double centuries is an absolutely remarkable achievement,” he added.
Rohit Sharma has registered three double ODI centuries and has featured in 240 ODI matches since his debut in June 2007. The right-hander has amassed 9681 runs at a strike rate of 89.66 with 29 centuries and 48 fifties. After sacking Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain, the BCCI handed over the reins to Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma incredibly successful: Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma, whose form dipped last year, has been scoring runs consistently. He scored 83, 17, 42, 34 and 51 in his last five outings in ODIs at home.
“He’s been incredibly successful. He’s someone who’s got that kind of game. Can’t think of a type of bowling to bowl him. When he’s playing well, you can’t bowl fast and short to him, he gets the spinners down, he swings well. He’s got a really good complete game. He is a fantastic player for India, he batted really well for us. Even in the last few games, watching him play has been great. It’s great to have him leading the team at this point,” said Dravid.
In the ongoing 3rd ODI against New Zealand, India got off to a flying start as the team approached 100 runs without losing a wicket in just 12 overs. Opener Shubman Gill has already scored a fifty and Rohit Sharma has scored over 40 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik have been rested in place of Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami in the final ODI to rest them ahead of the India vs Australia 4-match Test series.