Makings of a Test batsman - Rohit Sharma’s zeal to fit in as a quintessential long format opener

Updated: Sep 8

Rohit Sharma has scored 368 runs at an average of 52.57 so far, and just behind Joe Root in terms of runs scored on India tour of England 2021.

India vs England 2021: Rohit Sharma has scored 368 runs on India tour of England 2021 at an average of 52.57. Rohit Sharma was declared Man of The Match for his Century (127) at The Oval.
Rohit Sharma receives Player of The Match for his century at The Oval. (Image: ©BCCI/Twitter)

Rohit’s first away hundred (127) at The Oval has a story of its own

India on the tour of England in 2021, stood 1-1 going into the 4th Test of the 5-match Test series. India conceded a lead of 99 runs after being sent in to bat with 16 overs still remaining on day 2; the match and the series hung in balance.

With team dynamics witnessed in the recent batting collapses post the early dismissals of the openers, middle-order struggles and game situation, Rohit Sharma walked out at The Oval well aware of the importance of runs on the board and absorbed pressure to play out 256 balls, a total of 6 hours on the crease, registering 127 runs and his first overseas hundred to pull the team out of foreseeable trouble.

Exhibiting impeccable defence, with a good mix of playing the ball late, right under his eyes, to taking big strides accessing the cover region, Rohit’s away form isn’t a one-night success story, on the contrary, far from it.

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‘Processes lead to results’

During the media conference, post play on day 3, Rohit Sharma repeatedly spoke about processes, discipline and the importance of spending time on the crease, all things evident in his play throughout the series.