When he started opening, the whole story changed. There were two centuries and some short innings in a series against Zimbabwe. The result was that he was dropped from India’s 2011 ODI World Cup squad. After 18 months, the then Indian captain MS Dhoni asked Rohit to open. It was from here that Rohit’s career took off.
His ODI profile now ranks him among the greatest players of all time in the format. He has 9681 runs in 240 matches at an average of 48.65, while the highest score is 264. During this, he scored 29 centuries and 48 fifties, including three double centuries. In this regard, Indian coach Rahul Dravid said, ‘He has been a brilliant cricketer. He started his career normally. I remember seeing him for the first time when I was 17 or 18. He was in the under-19s and now you can see things have changed.
He said- What Rohit has done in the last 15 years is a benchmark for Indian cricket. The turning point was when he got a chance to open 10 years ago. His performance in ICC tournaments and his ability to score big runs has earned him a place in the list of great batsmen. The record of three double centuries in this format is amazing.
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