ICC Test Rankings: Rohit Sharma reaches career-best No. 8

Rohit Sharma

Swashbuckling Indian batsman Rohit Sharma reached his career-best rankings on Sunday, the 28th of February, 2021 after jumping six places up to the eighth spot in the ICC Test Batsmen’s rankings. Rohit Sharma has always known for being one of the most talented batsmen in the Indian cricket team.

Although he was initially known more for being a limited-overs specialist. He has been making his presence felt in the long format as well. Rohit Sharma has been known for his languid, laidback and effortless batting. He employs a range of shots to score is runs – starting from huge sixes to flawless cover drives. Sharma played well in the last test that India had played against England in which he had top-scored in the first innings with a brilliant 61 and an unbeaten 25 in the second.

Rohit Sharma is the second-highest ranked Indian batsman. Virat Kohli leading the charts with the fifth position on the rankings. His ranking points now stand at 742. 20 points more than his previous best, which was 722 when he had reached the tenth rank back in October 2019.

Brilliant performance in the last test

Rohit Sharma has received the fans of Indian cricket worldwide for his performance in the last test match. He had played against England in Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad which was held from the 24th to the 25th of February, 2021. The match ended in two days, with wickets falling at a quick progression bizarrely.

India won the match, with spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin running through the batting order of the visitors. Among the batsmen who shone in the match was Rohit Sharma, who put up a brilliant half-century in the first innings of India and an unbeaten 25 in the second innings to steer India to victory. He  was among the two batsmen who were able to score half-centuries in the test. The pitch was extremely difficult to navigate for the batsmen due to its unpredictability. Batsmen seemed almost lost trying to read the direction of the ball on the pitch and seven wickets fell because batsmen were either getting bowled or were getting trapped with their leg before the wicket.

The test just ended in two days because of the inability of any of the batsmen to stick around for a long time. Rohit Sharma’s performance thus stood out among that of the others. In fact, cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has come out in defence of the Ahmedabad pitch citing Sharma’s brilliant batting performance. He alleged that most of the batsmen got out because of their inability to play good shots all throughout the course of the match. He lauded Rohit Sharma mindset for being able to stick to his wicket and score the runs in the way that he did.

Rohit Sharma Consistency in tests

Rohit Sharma is a batsmen who has been making rapid improvements in test cricket for quite some time. Sharma made his debut in test cricket in 2013, and despite faltering a few times. He has been making his presence felt strongly in the game since 2019. Since he started opening the innings for India. In the last series against Australia, India had been facing problems with selecting the opener for the innings initially.

Rohit Sharma, who joined the squad later, formed a good opening pair with Shubhman Gill and has set a record of having one of the best opening partnerships on Australian soil by an Indian team. Of late, he has also scored a number of innings, which have cemented his reputation as a good test batsman. He had missed the first test but had scored a match-defining 161 in the second test against England that was held in Chepauk, Chennai on quite a difficult pitch. This performance in fact was key to India levelling the test series 1-1 against England.

Conclusion

Rohit Sharma is no longer the young cricketer from Mumbai who was known for his ability to hit big. Sharma is certainly known for playing the big shots, but he is also cementing his reputation as a player who is also able to stick to his wicket and support his team through long, difficult innings in test cricket.

He has also become a reliable opener for the Indian cricket team over the years. Therefore, he is growing and maturing as a player who can play across different formats in a mature manner. Cricket fans will have a lot of expectations from him in the upcoming matches as well.