Rohit Sharma finally gets the monkey off his back. After he started to open for India and got tons of runs in home conditions, he was looking to make it big in the overseas as a test opener. He missed the 2 test series in New Zealand due to injury in early 2020 and India lost the series miserably. He finally got his chance to open in overseas conditions in Australia where although he looked very impressive , he did not get a big score in the 2 tests he played after serving a quarantine period for reaching Australia late after an injury.
Hence he had to wait for the 5 test series in England and the WTC final to make a bigger impact overseas
Rohit’s brilliant form in the world cup in England in 2019, where he got 5 hundreds in English conditions must have made the management realise that he should be tried in opening in test cricket and it worked superbly on the whole but now his biggest challenge was England where he needed to fire to extend his career as he is already 34.
Some minor technical adjustments which included playing close to his body and with soft hands helped him big time as he contributed in almost all the innings since the WTC final. However, the century was not coming until in the 2nd innings at Oval. Rohit once again showed that he can fire on a big occasion.
Rohit in the day end press conference also spoke about the above technical adjustments and said that when opening the batting in tests was offered to him, he realised that it was his last chance to make good in test cricket and hence he instantly agreed to take the opportunity.
Rohit’s 1st overseas hundred has been hailed by the cricket experts and fans. Twitter gone viral with congratulatory messages as fans and experts, in general, are very happy with Rohit’s achievement at a crucial phase of the test match .
Few tweets below