Rohit Sharma is the only batsman in the world to have scored three double-centuries in ODIs. He also holds the record for scoring the maximum number of centuries in a single edition of the World Cup, which is five. He achieved the feat in the 2019 World Cup in England.
Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of IPL, having led Mumbai Indians to five title wins, and as India skipper, he has led the team to 15 wins from 19 T20Is, a win percentage of 78.95.
Rohit Sharma: Every Batsman Is Challenged Facing The Opposition Bowler
Rohit Sharma is many things – a world-class batsman, a formidable opener, an impressive captain – but the two things he is not is a batsman who has ‘extra time’ and ‘lazy elegance’. Former cricketers and fans alike have commonly associated these two terms with Rohit Sharma’s batting time and again, but the batsman has ridiculed both, saying he does not believe in either.
“I’m facing the bowler, you have to be ready. There is no such thing as extra time or he has got more time. Every batsman is challenged when he is facing the bowler, so you just have to be on top of your game, mindset to come out on top for that particular delivery,” Rohit Sharma told Dinesh Karthik in a video uploaded by Sky Sports.
“There is no time. Those guys are quick enough to rattle you. Yes, technically you can say that he plays the ball late, but there is no such thing as ‘he has got less time, more time’. I don’t think so.”
Rohit Sharma might have played a gutsy knock of 83 runs in the first innings of the 2nd Test against England but the opener said it was the “most challenging” knock he has played in the longest format of the game away from home. Rohit Sharma adopted a calm approach and shied away from playing lofted shots. He smashed 11 fours and one six during his knock.
Rohit Sharma: One Can’t Be Lazy In Cricket
The terms ‘lazy elegance’ was first described for former Pakistan batsman and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had a calmness about his batting. But, as far as, Rohit Sharma is concerned, he is anything but a batsman who personifies that characteristic.
“When you’re playing a sport, you cannot be lazy. As simple as that. Maybe it sounds or looks like that on television but if you are lazy, you cannot achieve what you want to on the field. You have to be at it. You cannot be ahead of the game if you’re lazy,” Rohit added.
“There is an effort. When I play the pull shot, there are guys who are bowling at 145-plus and all that, you can’t be lazy. I’ve been hearing about this since I started playing for India. ‘Oh he’s got lazy elegance’. I don’t understand this term.”
KL Rahul became only the 3rd Indian opener and the 10th overall from the country to hit a hundred at the iconic venue and find himself a spot on the Lord’s Honours board. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 127 at Stump’s on Day 1 as India finished at a dominant position, having posted 276 for 3 in 90 overs.
KL Rahul was happy to play second fiddle to Rohit Sharma during their 126-run opening stand that set a solid platform for India after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl. After Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved hundred by just 17 runs, KL Rahul took charge and dominated his partnership with Virat Kohli for the 3rd wicket.