What a splendid comeback it was by Rohit Sharma with a 142-runs scored off 111 balls by Rohit. The vibrant Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has ruled out the “gifted cricketer” label and has justified that he has really worked very hard to be where he is now.

Expressing himself clearly during an exclusive interview, the 27-year-old emphasized, “I am very clear that nobody is gifted. I don’t know about anyone else, but talking about myself, I wasn’t gifted. I was a bowler when I started and had to work my way to become a batsman. If I was gifted, I would have been a batsman straightaway. I have worked hard to become a batsman that I am. Nothing has been gifted naturally to me.”

Further underlining the importance hard work put in by him in his young age, he said, “I have worked with my coaches at a young age on my batting. That elegance and all is good to see on TV, but when you practise, you need to bring that into your game during practice. Naturally gifted people say all those sort of things, but nothing has been given to me naturally. Everything has come with sheer hardwork.”

Ever since Rohit has made steady progress in the limited-overs game, after being promoted as an opener, there are apprehensions circulating around that he could lose his spot to Ajinkya Rahane. This is because Rahane has also shown visible spark while opening for the team in absence of Rohit Sharma. Especially keeping in view the fact that captain MS Dhoni had also pointed out that Rohit might be asked to shoulder the responsibility in the middle order.

But we all must not forget that Rohit has got pretty god average of 43.13 in 33 ODI matches as an opener in comparison to his overall average of 35.86. Relying on this very fact an unabated Rohit confidently said, “There is no rivalry between us. It is only from the media from where this is coming. In my absence he is opening. This is not really a big issue. In previous times, when Sachin did not play, someone else had to open in his place, so did you ask the same question to him then? I have been injured and out of the team and someone else has replaced me in that position. I don’t know why it is such a huge debate. Nothing is going to happen. It’s going to remain the same. My focus right now is about injury and how I should come back. That’s the important factor right now.”

With the eye on the coming world cup in February next year, it is obvious that every player will try to give his best. He would want to perform with his free-flow natural stroke play and he also has a strong backup of his rich experience with tremendous fighting spirit. Millions of his fans would love to see him opening again and again and again. Do I need to say more!