SriKKanth praises Rohit Sharma as greatest ODI opener

Former India Skipper and executive of BCCI selection committee Kris Srikkanth have stacked acclaims on Rohit Sharma, rating him as one of the untouched most prominent openers to have played one-day cricket.

Srikkanth, himself an opening batsman, was known for his forceful strokeplay.

Rohit, India’s restricted overs Vice-captain, is known for his capacity to play enormous innings which have seen him strip off three double hundreds of years in ODIs – the most by any ever.

“I think I would rate him as one of the greatest all-time one-day openers in world cricket,” Srikkanth said on Star Sports’ Cricket Connected. “What’s the greatest quality in Rohit Sharma is that he goes for these big hundreds and double hundreds, that is something amazing.”

Rohit has played 224 ODIs so far and scored 9115 runs at 49.27 including 29 centuries and 43 half-centuries. He holds the record for the highest ever individual score in ODIs – 264 against Sri Lanka.

“In a one-day cricket match, you will go 150, 180, 200, just imagine where you are going to take the team to, that’s the greatness about Rohit Sharma. He is definitely, probably is in the top 3 or 5 all-time greatest openers as far as one-day cricket is concerned,” Srikkanth said.

Rohit, who had seen blended accomplishment in Test cricket before 2019, appears to have reversed the situation around since being elevated to open the innings in red-ball cricket too.

In his first innings as Test opener, Rohit hit hundreds of years in both the innings against South Africa a year ago before hitting a lady twofold century in a similar arrangement.

Watch Rohit’s (208)-3rd DOUBLE HUNDRED vs SRI LANKA:                                            

Hitman Rohit Sharma’s Batting Stats

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 32 53 7 2141 212 46.54 3613 59.25 6 10 216 52 31 0
ODIs 224 217 32 9115 264 49.27 10250 88.92 29 43 817 244 77 0
T20Is 108 100 15 2773 118 32.62 1998 138.78 4 21 245 127 40 0
First-class 92 143 16 7118 309* 56.04 23 30 73 0
List A 295 284 40 11357 264 46.54 32 56 101 0
T20s 328 315 47 8642 118 32.24 6463 133.71 6 60 763 361 131 0

 

Bowling averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 32 14 370 216 2 1/26 1/35 108 3.5 185 0 0 0
ODIs 224 38 593 515 8 2/27 2/27 64.37 5.21 74.1 0 0 0
T20Is 108 9 68 113 1 1/22 1/22 113 9.97 68 0 0 0
First-class 92 68 2140 1146 24 4/41 5/85 47.75 3.21 89.1 1 0 0
List A 295 70 1367 1162 30 4/28 4/28 38.73 5.1 45.5 1 0 0
T20s 328 57 628 817 29 4/6 4/6 28.17 7.8 21.6 1 0 0

 

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