Rohit Sharma has been called one of the most stylist batsmen in world cricket today. He is the only batsman with two double hundreds to his name in ODI cricket, including the world record score of 264 runs.
However, for someone, who made his ODI debut in 2007 and has played over 150 ODIs, Rohit’s Test career has been an enigma wrapped in mystery tied with a strong string of bewilderment. Rohit was supposed to make his Test debut in 2009-10 series against South Africa, but somehow he manage to injure himself on the morning of his Test debut.
Finally he made his Test debut in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series against West Indies and hit a century on debut. He made another century in the next Test to become only the 3rd Indian to score centuries in his first two Tests after Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.
However, these are the only two centuries he has scored in the 21 Tests he has played so far and scored 1184 runs at an average of 37. He has scored 7 half centuries meanwhile, but has failed to hold on to his place in the team.
Injuries and loss of form has been the main reasons for him losing his spot in Tests, but along with that, his inability to concentrate for a long time and throwing his wicket at crucial times has pegged his Test career back a lot.
He showed some promise against New Zealand last year, but got injured only to make a come back into the squad for the ongoing Sri Lanka series.
However, the question now is does Rohit Sharma really deserve so many chances to prove himself at the best format in cricket. Many other players who were more or equally talented as him were not given the amount of support and chances Rohit has got.
However, for the SL series, Hardik Pandya was preferred over Rohit Sharma by the team management in the playing XI. Though Virat Kohli backs the ‘talent’ of Rohit Sharma and he is one of the best openers in ODI and T20I cricket, the same success has not been translated into Test arena for him.
With the likes of Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson and other domestic cricket heroes breathing on Rohit’s neck and Ajinkya Rahane concreting his place with a century against Sri Lanka, Rohit needs to grab whatever chance comes his way in order to keep himself relevant.
Else he will be remembered in the same line as Vinod Kambli, hugely talented player, who couldn’t cut in Test cricket.