5 Reasons why Rohit Sharma is one of the best ODI batsmen

Though Virat Kohli had an exceptional run this year in ODIs. Joining 9000 runs club, surpassing former Australian captain Ricky Ponting by scoring 32 ODI hundreds, there is still one more player who should be given equal amount of applause. No, we are not talking about Steve Smith, we are talking about our very own Rohit Sharma. He had a brilliant year as a batsman, scoring more than thousand runs.We look at the 5 reasons why Rohit Sharma is also one of the best ODI batsmen in the world right now.

More than 1000 runs this year

Rohit Sharma has an exceptionally resounding year. He has scored 1293 runs at an average of 71.83 in 21 ODI matches he played this year. The right hand batsman is one of the most vital members of Team India, making his performance count in a winning cause and ensuring that he is instrumental in giving good and positive start.

Fearless and responsible opener

In Rohit Sharma, India has got a very good opener. He is known for his solid technique and ability to score easy runs. He plays freely and manages to rotate the strike. Once he gets settled, his concentration improves further, which makes him play even better.

Only Batsman to score 3 double centuries

In the second ODI of the 3 match ODI series against Sri Lanka played at Mohali, Rohit Sharma scored 208 runs with the help of 12 sixes. He is the only batsman in the history of cricket to score 3 double centuries. In fact, he is the only batsman to score double century against the same opponent twice. The way he has batted in the ongoing year, Rohit is bound to create many more records.

Clean hitter of the ball

Rohit Sharma is the kind of player who hits the ball easily. His recent innings of 208 not out was the clear proof of his abilities as he managed to hit 12 sixes and 13 fours. It took Rohit Sharma just 35 balls to reach from 100 to 200. These impressive stats clearly proves he is the good hitter of the ball.

Ability to bat for long

Rohit Sharma is the only batsman in cricket history who has scored 3 double centuries. These innings of 264, 209 and 208 clearly proves he has the ability to bat for the longer period of time. In all the three double centuries, Rohit Sharma has played more than half of the overs of entire Indian innings. In his 209 innings against Australia in 2013, he faced 158 deliveries. Almost same (153) against Sri Lanka in 208 not out and 173 in the famous 264 he scored against Sri Lanka in November 2014. These stats clearly prove Rohit Sharma can bat for entire innings with ease.In short, Rohit Sharma is one of its own kind. He is kind of player who plays his own game and has managed to make his own mark in international cricket.

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