Rohit Sharma is in a different zone right now. The runs are flowing smoothly from the bat, and he looks like a man who is so assured of his motive as an opening batsman.
Rohit’s match-winning and game-turning knock of 140 against Pakistan at Manchester in the ICC World Cup 2019 game will be remembered for ages. It knocked the stuffing out of Pakistan and helped India earn a comfortable victory in the tournament.
With that performance, Rohit now has 319 runs in the ongoing World Cup in just three innings at an outstanding average of 159.40 with two hundred and one fifty. He is currently the second-highest run-getter of the tournament, behind only Australia’s Aaron Finch. With at least six more matches to go in the league stage, Rohit has every chance to emerge as the highest run-scorer of the tournament with the way he is going.
Former Indian batting star Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup, firmly believes that Rohit will be the Man of the Series of World Cup 2019. “Chatting to Rohit at the ipl time! Discussion about getting starts but not getting big runs, and I was like you don’t know what lies ahead of you it’s happening for a reason! Same words told to me by @sachin_rt before 2011 wcup, my mos of 2019 prediction from India @ImRo45,” wrote Yuvi in his Instagram handle after Rohit’s sizzling hundred.
In all the three matches Rohit has played so far, he has been very clinical – a composed 122* against South Africa in a chase, a gritty 57 against Australia while batting first and a coruscating 140 against Pakistan. All three knocks came against perfect bowling attacks, and Rohit has shown that he has the talent to dominate the best bowlers in the world.
It is no wonder, then, that Rohit is the flavor of the season for the Indian fans. Nicknamed ‘Hitman’ for his ability to get big hundreds, Rohit had come a long way since he made his debut back in 2007 when he was a talented batsman but often gave away his wicket to reckless shots. Ever since he has been promoted as an opener back in 2013 by MS Dhoni, Rohit has been sensational. In 123 matches since January 2013, Rohit has collected 6351 runs at an impressive average of 59.91 with 22 hundred and 24 fifties. In 2019 so far, Rohit has already garnered 875 runs in 16 ODIs at an average of 58.33 with three hundred and five fifties.
Rohit Sharma is in prime form at the moment. He is playing according to the condition and the quality of the bowling on offer rather than being affected by anything else. And his proclivity to get big runs against any opposition makes him a dangerous opener.
In many ways, Rohit is mirroring the role essayed by India’s former batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar back in the 1996 and 2009 World Cups where he would set the tone for the team with his excellent batting displays at the top. If Rohit can continue with this same form, he might well lead India to glory in World Cup 2019.