For the cricket fans, Rohit Sharma is a visual treat in full flow. The India opener has huge planning, plays the pull shot superior than others. And he consistently appears to have that little added millisecond while playing shots. Maybe it’s that very quality which has permitted Rohit to flourish in his short span as India’s Test opener.
As an opener, Rohit has scored 556 runs from 10 Tests since the time of his rise to the top of the order last October. And the way he’s continuing, there’s no reason why the batsman can’t repeat his limited overs feat in the longer format.
Michael Atherton, the former England opener, trusts Rohit will progress nicely. And his confidence comes from the way that Indian cricketers are learning while playing than being stacked with training manuals.
“I watch Rohit and think well you can’t not be successful at Test level. He just looks such a good player that you’d think that success will come. The one thing I do enjoy watching and this is a general point about Indian batsmen is that they look very natural to me and not over-coached and forced or stilted,” Atherton said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop Show.
Atherton had a talk with Rahul Dravid as well
Atherton beheld back to his communication with the unmatched Rahul Dravid. Dravid was mentor of the India A and Under-19 side for a considerable length of time. He is now appointed mentor of the National Cricket Academy. It was during that meeting that Dravid disclosed to Atherton the contrast between the Under-19 cricketers of India and England. And he also revealed the main reason behind it.
“I was chatting to Rahul Dravid a couple of years ago. I was asking him why he felt that India’s players looked more natural and less forced than England’s at that level. He thought it was do with the fact that India’s cricketers all year around play, and because of the weather in England, a lot of English players spend six months indoors on bowling machines and it can look a bit forced after that… a bit over-coached,” Atherton said.
“He felt a lot of India’s young batsmen were learning in play rather than being coached personally. So I always enjoy watching that about watching Indian batsmen, they look very natural and fluid and fluent and of course, no better example than Rohit Sharma.”
Atherton additionally had words of praise for the current Indian batsmen who are not ‘over-coached’ and look quite natural.