Veteran cricket analyst, Mike Atherton has said that the Indian vice-captain in the limited-overs setup, Rohit Sharma, is the best example of a classic Indian batsman. Mike Atherton also said that the Indian batsmen look ver fluid and unforced in their approach and that is a very big reason behind their success in the international strata.
Rohit Sharma is one of the finest talents in the India National Cricket Team at the moment. Although Rohit made his international debut in the year 2007, it was in 2013 that his true potential came to the foray as former Indian skipper MS Dhoni promoted him as an opening batsman in the 2013 Champions Trophy. India went on to win the tournament and since then, Rohit Sharma has not looked back in his career.
Now, Mike Atherton has said that the Indian batsmen are very good at their technique and do not look forced in any manner and Rohit is the best example of that.
Mike Atherton Heaps Praise On Rohit Sharma
“I watch Rohit and think well you can’t not be successful at Test level. He just looks such a good player that you’d think that success will come. The one thing I do enjoy watching and this is a general point about Indian batsmen is that they look very natural to me and not over-coached and forced or stilted,” Atherton said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop Show.
“I was chatting to Rahul Dravid a couple of years ago. I was asking him why he felt that India’s players looked more natural and less forced than England’s at that level. He thought it was to do with the fact that Indian cricketers all-year-round play, and because of the weather in England, a lot of English players spend six months indoors on bowling machines and it can look a bit forced after that… a bit overcoached,” Atherton said.
“He felt a lot of India’s young batsmen were learning in play rather than being coached personally. So I always enjoy watching that about watching Indian batsmen, they look very natural and fluid and fluent and of course, no better example than Rohit Sharma,” Atherton concluded.
Rohit Sharma Has Been Phenomenal For Team India
Statistically, Rohit Sharma is one of India’s greatest-ever ODI batsman. The swashbuckling right-hander has played a total of 224 ODIs scoring 9115 runs at a staggering average of 49.27 with 29 centuries and 43 half-centuries, 5 of those centuries coming in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He is the only batsman in world cricket to have smashed 3 double hundreds in the ODI with 264* being his highest score, which is the highest-ever individual score in ODIs.
The flamboyant Mumbaikar has also played 32 Test matches and scored 2141 runs at an average of 46.54 with six centuries and 19 centuries. Regular injury concerns have kept Rohit away from the longest format of the game, the recent miss being the India-New Zealand Test series. His T20I career average has been32.62 wherein he has scored 2773 runs in 108 games with four centuries and 21 half-centuries.