The veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma has already scored five centuries in the ongoing World Cup, most for any batsman in a single edition of the mega event. However, legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar reckons that Rohit has been able to maintain such consistency because of his mindset.
Rohit has amassed tons against, South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, England, and Sri Lanka and is also the leading scorer in the tournament. Talking about him, Sachin said, “Long time back, Kiran More who was the selector for U -19, had told me ‘you have to look at this kid named Rohit Sharma. He has got a superb bat swing’. Every now and then I’m asked about what is so special about Rohit Sharma and I think it is his bat swing, which is as clear as a pendulum and not many guys have that.”
Shamra broke Kumar Sangakkara’s record of scoring most centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. Tendulkar appreciated Sharma’s mindset and gave the example of his knock against South Africa where the opener steered the men in blue for a win in what was a tricky chase.
Sachin elaborated, “We spoke about how in the initial six years, he (Rohit) wasn’t able to do much, but then the last six years have been truly special for him. They love his batting and that has happened only because of his changed mindset. We have seen in the first match against South Africa, he wasn’t able to find the center of the bat, but he did not give it away. I think this is all because of his state of mind and his shot selection which has led him there. His consistency in this World Cup is because of his mindset.”
Tendulkar, who has been holding quite a few batting records, said Rohit’s approach of playing each match as his first, was a great thing. He elaborated, “I was watching his interview where he said that every time he walked out, he always told himself that, that is his first match. This I feel, is a great mindset.”