New Delhi. Rohit Sharma’s drought of centuries, which has been running for 3 years, finally ended. The Indian captain scored an inning of 101 runs in 85 balls in the third and last match of the ODI series against New Zealand in Indore. With the help of his one century, India not only completely wiped out New Zealand in the ODI series, but also became the No. 1 team in this format. Even though Rohit did not score a century for the last 3 years. But looking at his figures during this period, it can be understood that Rohit changed his batting style. Because after 2011 the target is on winning the World Cup at home this year.
Rohit has probably found the formula to make his dream of winning the World Cup come true at home. Which Virender Sehwag did for India in the 2011 World Cup. Rohit has started on the same path. Sehwag opened the 2011 World Cup, scoring 380 runs in 7 matches at an average of 47.5 and a strike rate of 122. Since his last century, before the Indore ODI, Rohit has scored runs in 15 innings at an average of 39.6 and a strike rate of 104. He took an aggressive stand against the opposition bowlers from the very first ball. It is very different from the way he was opening the innings in the past.
After opening, Rohit became ‘Hitman’
Rohit started his career as a middle order batsman. Before 2013, he had scored 1978 runs at an average of 23. His strike rate was also very low. When Rohit was made a permanent opener, he became one of India’s most successful batsmen in white ball cricket. He has scored 3 double centuries as an opener. Starting the innings, Rohit has scored 7663 runs at an average of 56 and a strike rate of 92.7.
Why did Rohit change his game?
If you look at the top order of India. So there is a lot of similarity in the game of Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli. The average of both is very good. There is consistency in the performance of both. But, both of these take time to set. Gill and Virat are not like Sehwag of 2011 World Cup, but their approach is like Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir, who used to rotate strike instead of playing big shots in the beginning to decorate their innings. Virat also plays in the same style. His innings of 166 against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram ODI recently is proof of this. Kohli had hit 8 sixes in that innings and all these sixes came out of his bat after the completion of the century.
In such a situation, it becomes necessary for Rohit that he has played openly in the top order and in doing so, even if he gets out early, then Virat and Gill are present to handle the innings. This will create a good platform for the later batsmen to play freely. For this reason, Rohit is adopting the same approach in ODIs which he adopted before the T20 World Cup last year.
Now only time will tell whether Rohit can repeat the performance of Sehwag in 2011 World Cup this time or not and whether the work which was left incomplete in the last T20 World Cup is completed this year or not.