ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma's career took off after 2011 tournament snub, says childhood coach Dinesh Lad

Rohit Sharma's international career took an upswing once he started focusing more on the game after being omitted from the 2011 World Cup squad, the right-hander's childhood coach Dinesh Lad.

Press Trust of India, Jun 19, 2019 20:46:03 IST

Mumbai: Rohit Sharma's international career took an upswing once he started focusing more on the game after being omitted from the 2011 World Cup squad, the right-hander's childhood coach Dinesh Lad said on Wednesday.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharmas career took off after 2011 tournament snub, says childhood coach Dinesh Lad

File image of Rohit Sharma. AP

Rohit has already scored two-match winning hundreds in the ongoing World Cup against South Africa and Pakistan.

"Since childhood I have seen his batting and there is no difference. The only different thing today is that he (Rohit) has got matured, because of experience", Lad told PTI.

"From 2007-2009 he had played well and scored two hundreds against Zimbabwe.

After that (from) 2009-2011, because of fame and money, (he got) diverted. He was not looking after his cricket. Because of that he was dropped from the 2011 World Cup as he was not performing in that period," said Lad, also the father of Mumbai Ranji batsman Siddhesh Lad.

"That was very shocking to him. I called him (Rohit) to my home and told him.. listen Rohit, you know why Rohit is here (it is) because of only cricket. You got everything – fame, money from cricket. But (now) you are not looking after your cricket, so I am requesting you, just start practicing.

"Virat (Kohli) came after you and he is in the (2011) World Cup team. See the difference. Now you have to look after your cricket," recalled Lad.

Lad said his advice paid dividends as Rohit emerged as a completely different batsman after that period.

"From that (period), he (Rohit) started practicing from morning seven till evening five," he said.

Lad also stressed that getting into the Mumbai Indians' team also proved to be crucial for Rohit's career.

"Another thing was getting selected for Mumbai Indians. It made a difference for him - to get into that side, to know how to handle a team. And he saw the discipline of his idol Sachin Tendulkar. After 2011 he got matured and his graph after 2011 has been up and up," he pointed out.

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Updated Date: Jun 19, 2019 20:46:03 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254