Star Indian opener Rohit Sharma has been consistently scoring runs for India in Test cricket. Since getting the responsibility to open the innings he has been one of the most prolific Indian Test batsmen. He continued his good form in the ongoing 5-match Test series against England. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has praised Rohit for his amazing batting approach.
Notably, Rohit Sharma is the second-highest run-getter in the series so far with 230 runs and is just behind KL Rahul and Joe Root. Meanwhile, his average is also best among any Indian batsmen in the series so far which is 46.00.
In his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was seen doing Question-Answer sessions with his fans. Meanwhile, one of the fans asked what Rohit Sharma has done to tackle the English conditions. To which former Indian cricketer responded:
“He has made a huge change. He would be giving a constant reminder to himself that this is his new habit, that he will not hit the pitched-up deliveries, will play close to his body and extremely carefully. I am very happy.”
The 43-year-old showered praise on Indian opener, Rohit Sharma, for adapting the English conditions properly. Aakash Chopra stated:
“When you measure greatness, there are many criteria. One is longevity, secondly the stats, the third is how you inspire the others around you, have you created enough difference on and sometimes off the field as well. After that, the last one is adaptability, whether you have adapted yourself over a period of time. When you see all great players, they adapted their game somewhere or the other. The Rohit Sharma we are seeing is adapting.”
Indian players Average in this Test Series
46.00 – Rohit
42.00 – Rahul
32.40 – Pujara
26.60 – Jadeja
24.80 – Kohli
21.00 – Bumrah
19.00 – Rahane
18.75 – Shami
17.40 – Pant#INDvENG
— ComeOn Cricket 🏏🇮🇳 (@ComeOnCricket) August 29, 2021
“It is very difficult for a batsman who throws his bat to stop it” – Aakash Chopra
The cricketer-turned-commentator pinpointed that Rohit Sharma knows that he can’t play aggressive cricket in English conditions. Aakash Chopra said:
“He is saying that these are English conditions and he is playing as a Test opener, that he cannot play the free-flowing shots and is going to curb his instincts. That is very difficult.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by saying that he has a lot of respect for Rohit Sharma. He elaborated:
“It is very difficult for a batsman who throws his bat to stop it, what he is doing and is successful at that as well, is not an easy thing to do. So, I have a lot of respect. It’s mind over matter. So Rohit Sharma, absolutely hats off my friend.”
Now the 5-match Test series is leveled at 1-1. Joe Root’s men and Virat Kohli-led India will be heading to Kennington Oval for the 4th Test which will begin on 2nd September 2021.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2021