Former England captain David Gower seems to be in all praises of Indian opener Rohit Sharma and believes the grace with which he bats is what acts as a major factor for him to score runs in massive proportions.
In 2019, Rohit scored five World Cup centuries – the maximum by a batsman in a single edition of the mega global event – and finished the year as a leading ODI run-getter with 1490 runs.
Gower feels this proclivity of smashing the ball and scoring terrific runs shows how the Indian opener has successfully managed to ace 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,” Gower told Cricket.com.
Many have revered the effortlessness Rohit brings at the crease to score runs. His impeccable timings often made people wonder whether he has that extra second to judge the ball perfectly, as compared to his other contemporaries. Having said that, Gower also mentioned that there is a downside of batting with such ease, which the Mumbai Indians skipper has witnessed.
“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,” 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’”.
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