Mumbai stalwart Wasim Jaffer lauded Rohit Sharma for his improved understanding of the game and said that India opener has the ability to score Test hundreds outside India.
India opener Rohit Sharma. (PTI Photo)
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- I feel Rohit Sharma understands his game a lot more now: Wasim Jaffer
Former India opener and Ranji legend Wasim Jaffer feels Rohit Sharma has the ability to score a double century in Test matches outside India as well. Jaffer also said that Rohit understands his game better now and has a good chance of succeeding in Test cricket as an opener.
“I feel he understands his game a lot more now,” Jaffer told former India cricketer Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.
Rohit Sharma had ended 2019 on a high as he amassed 2,442 runs across formats. India opener scored a record five hundred in the 50-over World Cup and 7 overall in ODIs.
Considered one of the best white-ball openers of this era, Rohit Sharma finally found success in his maiden Test series as an opener against South Africa in 2019.
Rohit Sharma’s inability to make full use of the “talent” he possesses in Tests had always remained an enigma but he changed it last year. Rohit scored 529 runs which had 2 hundred and a double hundred in his 1st Test series as an opener.
“This is not the Rohit Sharma that we have seen before. He knows where he needs to calm down. Even in ODI cricket, if you see the World Cup, the ball was moving around in a few matches and he held back. He held back for 8-10 overs against South Africa and Pakistan,” Jaffer added.
Jaffer, who represented India in 31 Test matches, scoring 1944 runs at an average of 34.10 with five centuries and 11 half-centuries, observed that the key for Rohit to get double hundreds away from home would be to see out the early threat.
“Then when he understands that the conditions have become better, he has that ability to accelerate and suddenly his strike rate would go up to 120-130,” Jaffer said.
“I feel he is in that headspace where that he understands where he needs to take a backseat and where he can attack,” Jaffer said.
“And he has both the games. I feel in overseas conditions in the first 30-45 minutes he is a bit vulnerable. I think if he survives that, he has the ability to get double hundreds even there.”