He is coming. Are you ready in pose to get lays?
A man-date. Indeed.
I knew India were going out of the World Cup the moment Botha dropped Rohit Sharma’s catch.
I have no idea why but there seems to be concerted effort on the part of the powers-that-be to get Rohit Sharma to succeed. Which explains that even after an innings in which he scored at a net strike-rate of 92 while around him three other batsmen who got starts scored at 130, 140 and 176, he was given the ball ahead of India’s designated spin-spearhead Ashwin.
The hope was obvious: somehow Rohit Sharma gets a wicket by fluke and then the label of “success” is stuck proudly on his chest.
It didn’t work. The man gave away 13 runs at a time when we could ill-afford to give more than 6.
Of course, none of it matters to the narrative. Rohit Sharma is extremely talented. After all, as the magazine cover above says “Why other Indian men in TUX look like waiters”, with the honorable exception being him.
And with this talent, he will keep playing. And keep being a player.
Maybe it’s just me but I find a striking resemblance between Rohit Sharma and Rahul Gandhi. Rohit. Rahul. Both favorite Yash Chopra names. Both of them have been preordained to be great, one by virtue of birth and another by virtue of talent shown “at the nets”. In order to prove their “awesomeness” they are given an almost unlimited number of opportunities , so many that ultimately, by the laws of averages, they will click. Once. Or perhaps twice. And then everyone will turn around and say “Aha see I told you so.” Sure, he may be rested for a series or so, perhaps replaced by a talent like Jadeja who I am sure has displayed his potential in India A vs India B , a move that would be like replacing Rahul Gandhi with Priyanka Gandhi, but ultimately Rohit will come back, like a counterfeit sikka.
The new selection committee (picture to left) under Sandeep Patil may prove me wrong but I am not counting on it.
I know I am being unfair to Rohit Sharma. The team has not been eliminated just because of him. (He is a big factor no doubt).
But he represents, right now, one of the things that is so very wrong with the Indian team. The persistence with certain players. Sehwag I understand. At least he has had a great career and one always expects, perhaps irrationally, that a Sehwag game-changing special is right round the corner, as opposed to the Yousuf Pathan special he played today (one six and bowled).
Even Ravinder Jadeja I understand. Indians want a spinning all-rounder and there really aren’t many options.
But Rohit Sharma? Irreplaceable based on amazing batting displays in the nets and potential displayed in 2007 and 2008 and in a few innings in the IPL? It’s evident that Manoj Tiwary does not have the faith of the skipper. Well then bring in Ambati Rayadu. Bring in anyone. I thought that the very least that IPL does is unearth T20 middle-order biffers.
The replacements may be better than Rohit. They may be worse. But at least give them a quarter of the chances this man is getting.
But we know that won’t happen. We will wait for Rohit to perform. And so, as this picture shows, will he.
[Some pictures courtesy Rohit Sharma fan club on FB]