Shoaib Akhtar, Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Credit: BCCI

Rohit Sharma hit his first double century in Tests against South Africa in Ranchi last year. But domestic cricket legend Wasim Jaffer believes Rohit Sharma can hit double centuries in Test cricket in overseas conditions as well. Over the year, the top order batsman has made shot-making look effortlessly easy.

The opening batsman captivated the audience with his pull shot which often ends up in the second tier. Rohit has the knack of usually starting off slow and accelerating once he scores his century. He has been a joy to watch over the years and Jaffer believes he can earn success in overseas Tests as well.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma [Photo-Getty]
Jaffer is of the opinion that Rohit is vulnerable in the initial 40 minutes but if he sticks to the crease even after that, he can go on and hit double centuries anywhere in the world. Besides that, Jaffer also mentioned that Rohit is in a situation to understand where he needs to accelerate and where to slow down.

“I feel in overseas conditions in the first 30-45 minutes he is a bit vulnerable. I think if he survives that, he has the ability to get double hundreds even there,” Wasim Jaffer said.

“Then when he understands that the conditions have become better, he has that ability to accelerate and suddenly his strike rate would go up to 120-130. So, I feel he is in that headspace that he understands where he needs to take a backseat and where he can attack. And he has both the games.”

Rohit Sharma, Sydney Test, Australia vs India 2018
Rohit Sharma (Credits – AFP)

Rohit has scored 2141 runs in the longest format of the game at an average over 46. He has six centuries and 10 half-centuries to his name with the high score of 212.

His next international assignment will be during India’s four-Test tour to Australia later in December.