Rohit Sharma, a many criticised India batsman, recently perceived some support from India batting manager Sanjay Bangar, who urged a critics to review Rohit’s record to those of others during a same theatre of their careers.
“If we demeanour during a numbers, he has played 13 Test matches and scored 800-900 (870 runs) runs during an normal of 40 with dual centuries, 4 half-centuries. we consider if his critics can go behind and review a initial 13 Test matches of any other cricketer who has played for a while, we consider they would substantially be reduction oppressive on Rohit,” Bangar told ESPN Cricinfo.
Since Bangar asked, we obliged. We compared Rohit’s record to 4 of his contemporaries – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina – as good as to a series of his predecessors to temperament possibly Bangar’s matter stands adult to scrutiny.
As we can see from a list below, Rohit’s record during this theatre of his career is identical to Kohli’s and many improved than Raina’s, who is no longer partial of India’s Test side. Pujara is a apparent outlier here and a list doesn’t constraint his successive slip that cost him his place in a team.
Rohit’s comparison with his contemporaries
By this measure, Rohit’s performances tumble in a center of a container are important if not adult to a customary of someone of his talent. But Kohli went on to normal 48.79 from his subsequent 18 matches. Whether Rohit can lift his diversion in a identical approach stays to be seen.
Rohit has also had a set-back to play many of his early cricket divided from home, where he averages 26.45 from 12 Tests. In contrast, Pujara, played 12 Tests during home, in that he averaged 72.87.
Likewise, Kohli’s home normal was 51.50 and divided normal was 28.92 in his initial 14 Tests.
Rohit’s comparison with his predecessors
Rohit clearly has a aloft normal than VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer during this theatre of their careers. Laxman had a really bad start to his career and was was in and out of a side for roughly a year and a half. It was usually after he scored a many runs in a singular deteriorate in Ranji Trophy in 1999-2000 that he determined himself in a India side. Gambhir averaged 32.95 during this theatre though pushed that adult 42.58 after 56 Tests. Jaffer went on to play some-more another 17 Tests after averaging 33.96 in initial his 14 Tests. Rohit’s record during a same theatre compares agreeably to possibly of them.
The law is distant from being lucky by a selectors, Rohit had to wait 6 years from his ODI cricket in 2007 to play Test cricket. And a initial time he was forsaken was after usually 6 Tests – dual brilliant, dual really bad and dual common ones. Pujara was initial forsaken after a run of 20 innings with only dual fifties.
Of course, some of this had to do with Rohit’s craziness in a one-dayers as well, where he struggled to make an impact in a center order, while Pujara had warranted a advantage of a doubt.
However, looking during a numbers, Bangar had a point. It is still too early to decider Rohit Sharma though that doesn’t meant there isn’t room for alleviation either.
Another Mumbai batsman competence yield a many good comparison. Ajinkya Rahane has given us copiousness of innings to remember – The 96 vs South Africa during Durban, 114 vs New Zealand during Wellington, 103 vs England during Lord’s, 147 vs Australia during a MCG. Rohit needs to follow that path. Captain Kohli and a group government have faith in him. It’s adult to him to infer his critics wrong.