The year 2017’s start and end were poles apart for Rohit Sharma. At the start of the year, the India batting star was midway through his lengthy spell on the sidelines due to the thigh injury he sustained during the ODI series against New Zealand in October 2016. As a result, he could play only three of the 13 home Tests and missed the limited-overs series against England too. The recently-concluded year, however, ended on a stunning note for him.
It did not take him long to hit the ground running when Rohit Sharma fully recovered and marked his arrival in the Indian Premier League, leading Mumbai Indians to a record third title. The Hitman was in full flow in the Champions Trophy as he finished the tournament as the second highest run-scorer.
Rohit Sharma has performed exceedingly well in the ODIs since returning to the team in June, amassing 1293 runs at 71.83 in just 21 games — almost matching Virat Kohli, who scored 1460 runs at 76.85, but having played five more matches in this span. He also scored the same number of hundreds (6) as Kohli at a better strike-rate than the skipper.
His year was getting better and better with every passing day and became one to remember with the turn of events in December. After making a century in his comeback Test, he was given the responsibility to lead the side in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, and one can unhesitatingly say that he passed the test with flying colours. Leading the side from the front, he scored a stunning double century in the second ODI, thus taking his tally of ODI double tons to three, and a century off just 35 balls to help the team win both the series.
Not surprisingly, the 30-year old is eagerly waiting to do even better this year and took to Twitter to express his excitement. Currently in South Africa for the upcoming series against the Proteas, Rohit posted a picture of his last training of 2017 with the caption: “Last day of training in 2017, it’s been full of surprises. Can’t wait for 2018 ?.”
Last day of training in 2017, it’s been full of surprises. Can’t wait for 2018 ? pic.twitter.com/JCjGLdCLrE
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 31, 2017