Rohit Sharma, the stylish opener of the Indian cricket team, has achieved a remarkable milestone of 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals (ODIs). This achievement comes after a slow start to his ODI career, where he had to battle through challenges and changing roles within the team.
In the early days of his international career, Rohit Sharma found himself batting in the middle order. This was a challenging phase as he was tasked with stabilizing the innings and playing the role of a finisher. However, this period was not marked by the explosive performances we associate with Rohit today.
As a middle-order batsman, Rohit faced slow progress in reaching milestones. He was one of the slowest Indians to reach the 2000-run mark in ODIs. It was clear that his true potential was yet to be unleashed.
Chopra said, “There were some milestones as well in batting. Rohit Sharma, we believe in Sharma, we believe in karma. He was one of the slowest Indians to reach 2000 but then he used to bat down the order, in the lower-middle order or the middle order.”
Rohit Sharma’s career took a significant turn when he was promoted to open the innings for India. This change in role allowed him to play to his strengths and showcase his flair for aggressive batting.
Once Rohit began opening, he wasted no time in making a mark. He started gathering pace in his run-scoring and displayed his ability to build innings and accelerate when needed.
Aakash Chopra explained, “He didn’t have a very solid start to his international career, but after that, once he started opening, he gathered pace, and now he is one of the fastest to 10000 ODI runs, I mean mount 10000. Well Done Ro Superhit Sharma.”
Rohit’s transformation into an opener was nothing short of extraordinary. He has now become the second-fastest player to reach 10,000 runs in ODI cricket, achieving this milestone in just 241 innings. His remarkable consistency and ability to convert starts into big scores have been instrumental in his journey.
As an opener, Rohit Sharma boasts an outstanding batting average of 55.95 in ODIs. This statistic reflects his ability to consistently perform at the highest level.
Rohit Sharma’s journey from a slow start in the middle order to becoming the second-fastest player to reach 10,000 ODI runs is a testament to his resilience and adaptability. His transformation into an opener has not only benefited him personally but has also been a boon for Indian cricket.