India’s opening batsmen Rohit Sharma, who initially started as a middle-order batsman in 2007, transitioned into an opening batsman in 2013. Ever since the change, there has been no looking back for the Mumbai-born cricketer.
Recently, Former India captain Kris Srikkanth has showered immense praise for the opening batsmen. Srikkanth said that Rohit Sharma is one of the top three or top five greatest ever ODI openers due to his ability to convert starts into big hundreds.
Rohit merely averaged 31 in 84 games while batting in the middle-order which only included 2 centuries but ever since he started opening he averages a staggering 58.11 in 140 games which include 27 tons.
Rohit one of the greatest ODI openers – Srikkanth
Kris Srikkanth, who was India’s opening batsmen during the victorious 1983 World Cup campaign said Rohit’s greatest quality is his ability to convert hundreds into double hundreds. Srikkanth also talked about how Rohit Sharma has the ability to play big knocks which help India pose massive targets.
“I would rate him as one of the greatest all-time one-day openers in world cricket. What’s the greatest quality in Rohit Sharma is that he goes for these big hundreds and double hundreds, that is something amazing,” Srikkanth said on Star Sports.
“In a one-day match, you will go 150, 180, 200, just imagine where you are going to take the team to, that’s the greatness about Rohit,” said the 60-year-old Srikkanth.
Meanwhile, Kris Srikkanth and Rohit Sharma’s playing style often draws comparisons due to their similar playing style and providing good starts opening the innings. Rohit currently holds the record for scoring three double hundreds in ODIs which also include a record highest score of 264 which he scored against Sri Lanka. So far, Rohit has surpassed 9000 runs in 224 ODIs for India which includes 29 hundred and 43 fifties.