Rohit Sharma, India batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Opener's tactical acumen and hunger for big hundreds crucial to India's chances

Rohit Sharma’s tactical acumen can be of immense use to the side and his penchant for 'Daddy hundreds' make him one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket.

G Rajaraman, May 16, 2019 10:18:58 IST

He will be among the five most prolific batsmen on view in the World Cup behind Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Ross Taylor. When Rohit Sharma gets going, he is a sight to behold. And the Mumbai batsman is expected to bring all his experience to bear during India’s campaign on the big stage.

India's Rohit Sharma bats during their twenty/20 cricket international at Seddon Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/David Rowland)

File picture of Rohit Sharma. AP

Over the years, his opening partnership with left-handed Shikhar Dhawan has often laid a strong platform for India to build on. It is one of the key factors that make the Indian side such a respected combination. The mutual respect and understanding that the pair shares is a vital component of their prolific partnership over the years.

Virat Kohli may be acknowledged as the best batsman of the Indian team, if not the world, but there can be no denying that Rohit Sharma’s talent with the bat, especially in white ball cricket, has won him countless fans. His range of strokes is second to none, but he makes batting look pretty simple with his craft. When he gets past the early phase of batting himself in and is in flow, he is a treat to watch. India will hope that he finds the rhythm early and can bat deep in the innings.

Besides, Rohit Sharma’s tactical acumen can be of immense use to the side. Kohli has conceded that he relies on his vice-captain Rohit Sharma and former captain, wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s inputs on the field. Such chemistry can be forged only when a man of Rohit's talent and skill does not hesitate even for a moment in sharing his insights with the captain of the side so that the team can draw immense benefits. His penchant for 'Daddy hundreds' make him one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket. After the high of the IPL title with Mumbai Indians, he will be looking to contribute big so that he can return from his second World Cup tournament with even better memories than in 2015.

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Updated Date: May 16, 2019 10:18:58 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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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 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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