Vinod Kambli, the former Indian middle-order batsman, feels that it is very difficult to stop Indian swashbuckling opener, Rohit Sharma, once he gets on a role. Rohit Sharma has impinged himself as one of the modern-day great white-ball batsmen.
One of the biggest qualities of Rohit Sharma is his ability to convert a start into not just a hundred but a daddy hundred. The Indian white-ball vice-captain is the only player in the world to score as many three double-hundreds in One-day International cricket. Kambli attributed Rohit’s penchant for daddy hundreds to the Mumbai school of batting.
Kambli was also asked whether Rohit belongs to the long list of great Mumbai batsmen like Vijay Merchant, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar. To which, the former talented batsman said that although he has seen Mumbai cricket from close quarters, he would like batsman from all around the country to put in the hard yards, which will enable them to break into the Indian set-up.
‘I have seen Mumbai’s journey of producing so many run-getters. But I will not talk about Mumbai alone. I will talk about the whole country, all players who play for the Indian team or want to play for them, the way everyone puts in the hard work, that is in your hand, getting selected is not in your hands. You can only come into the team by performing well.” Vinod Kambli told Sportskeeda.
‘When he is in form, no one can stop him’- Vinod Kambli on Rohit Sharma
Vinod Kambli added that the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are the perfect examples of cricketers who did justice to their talent. Speaking on the comparisons between Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma as far as Test match opening is concerned, the southpaw said that Rohit might take some time to regain his form after the Covid-19 enforced break but once the ‘Hitman’ gains back his flow he will be hard to stop.
“Rohit Sharma is also doing the same thing. The way he is batting, he has so many shots. The same is the case with Virat. The talent that they have, you need to do justice to that talent.” Vinod Kambli said.
“When a player is in good form then whichever format it is, whether Test cricket, ODI or T20s, he can perform. The way he has started in Test cricket, he might have to regain his form to some extent after the break, but the way he plays is full of confidence. The sound of Rohit Sharma’s bat striking the ball gives great joy. When he is in form, no one can stop him, whether it is Australia or West Indies or whoever.” he added.
Rohit’s big Test as an opener in the longest format of the game will come later this year when India travel to Australia for a 4-match Test series.