David Gower, former England captain, believes that the grace with which stylish Indian opener Rohit Sharma bats, is what allows him to rack up scores in big proportions.
Rohit Sharma was at the height of his powers in all forms of the game last calendar year. While he scored a record five hundred in the 2019 World Cup and a total of 1490 ODI runs last year, he also had a brilliant start to his Test career as an ODI opener against South Africa and Bangladesh on home soil.
Speaking to cricket.com, David Gower said that Sharma’s penchant for scoring daddy hundreds is something that paved way for him to successfully nail the five elements of batting.
“At the moment, we see his (Rohit’s) talent on show all the time because he makes stacks and stacks of runs so the work comes in to actually make sure that you have the determination, the ability, the technique, the calmness and the concentration – all the things you need to actually occupy the crease for long enough to make those runs,” David Gower told Cricket.com.
David Gower explains the downside of being an elegant batsman like Rohit Sharma
One of Rohit Sharma’s greatest qualities is the amount of natural flair that he has in his batting.
But, David Gower, who, himself was a pretty flamboyant batsman during his playing days, pointed to the downside of that facet.
“The downside is this, as Rohit has probably found out as well, that if you make it look easy when you get out, the natural assumption for people watching sometimes is that you don’t care, that you’re too relaxed or it doesn’t matter,” David Gower said.
“It looks as easy getting out as it does hitting the ball for four. All you can do under those circumstances is say ‘look two days ago I got a hundred, that’s what I’m trying to do every day, just because it didn’t work is not because I’m not trying,” he added.