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Rohit Sharma in illustrious band of batsmen at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER: England's 2d oldest Test venue after The Oval, the historical Old Trafford, has seen many nice knocks by way of one of the most best Indian batsmen.


In 1896, making his debut, Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji slammed 100 in a session for England in the Ashes. In 1936, opening the innings, Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali regaled the spectators with loads, sharing a 203-run stand. In 1974, Sunil Gavaskar scored one in every of his best loads right here, whilst in 1982, Sandeep Patil famously smashed England pacer Bob Willis all through a superb hundred. In 1990, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar scored his maiden hundred right here whilst saving a Test fit towards England.

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On Sunday, Rohit Sharma added his title to that list, even supposing his effort came in an ODI. The Mumbaikar put the Pakistan attack to sword, cracking a super 140 off just 113 balls, which incorporated 14 fours and 3 sixes.

Though his first scoring shot used to be an inside of edge which went at the back of the stumps for a 4, Rohit quickly came into his personal, unleashing some wonderful strokes. Wisely playing out Mohammad Amir, he went after Ali, chopping him for a 4 after which pulling him for a six over midwicket. Clearly, Rohit seems to have reserved his highest for this World Cup.

Rohit's sexy batting style - he seems to have a little bit of extra time whilst dealing with the tempo bowlers - has earned him many fanatics all over the world, and around the border too. After he had smashed a record 35-ball hundred towards Sri Lanka in December 2017, former Pakistan opener Ramiz Raza had when compared him to a Rolls Royce. On the eve of this recreation, Ramiz's former teammate Inzamam-ul-Haq had admitted to NewsTread that he used to be a fan of Rohit's batting.

Former India batsman and Mumbai trainer Pravin Amre, who's watched the category batsman from close quarters since his early years, feels the 32-year-old has now added another fatal string to his bow - consistency. "We are seeing a matured Rohit now. It's his new version. The refreshing thing about his batting is that he's now looking to be really consistent," Amre informed NewsTread from Mumbai.

Part of that maturity could also be about adjusting your recreation according to the prerequisites. "Against South Africa, he was watchful in the initial period, but today (Sunday), realising that there was no Shikhar Dhawan, he became the enforcer. That shows how he's ready to switch his role according to the demands of the team," praised Amre. "If he had stayed on till the 45th or 50th over, he would have got a double hundred," Amre stated.

"I'm surprised that they bowled short to him. They ended up bowling to his strengths. He's a great puller and cutter of the ball. I don't think that there was a single short ball that he missed out on," he stated.

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