Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar reckons that the form Rohit Sharma is in, a century is just around the corner for the Indian opener.
Rohit Sharma missed out on an opportunity to get to the three-figure mark in the Lord’s test match against England. He got off to a brilliant start storming his way to 83 runs off 144 deliveries. However, an inswinger by James Anderson on the next ball ended his stay at the crease. Rohit is the third-highest run-scorer in the series so far, with 152 runs in four innings at an average of 50.67.
Speaking on the Sony Sports Network, Sunil Gavaskar hailed Rohit Sharma for making the right mental adjustments on the tour. Gavaskar said,
“In a five-day Test match, no one has an idea as to how the pitch will behave on the first day – things like whether there is life on this pitch, will the ball bounce more? For that, you need some time and the adjustment Rohit Sharma showed in the first innings, how to do it. He did it brilliantly – what shots to play and whatnot. Just see how many balls he left, some of them close to the off stump. This adjustment is mental and that is what Rohit accomplished.”
Rohit will be disappointed, but getting a century at Lord’s isn’t everything: Sunil Gavaskar
The former India cricketer further said that scoring a century at Lord’s isn’t everything. It is important to score a century and not the ground or country. He added that the form Rohit Sharma is in the opener will soon get to the three-figure mark. Sunil Gavaskar said,
“This is what gives us hope from a player. If you get a player who can guarantee score 80 runs, then in a five-Test series, he would end up with 400-450 runs. What else does a captain need? Yes, he would be disappointed not scoring a century, but getting a century at Lords isn’t everything.”
“You score a century at Trent Bridge or Leeds… if you score a century for India in whichever part of the world, that is what is important. And the way he is batting, the time he has, and the position in which he gets himself in, it feels as if a century is just around the corner,” Gavaskar concluded.