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Rohit Sharma Knows When To Attack And When To Build An Innings: Kris Srikkanth

When Rohit Sharma is on song, not much is visible elsewhere in the ground. The ace opener picked up his fourth hundred of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Tuesday and this time, the opponents were Bangladesh. Rohit got an early life and made full use of it to go on to pick his 26th ton in the ODIs. He also broke the record of Sourav Ganguly in scoring the maximum number of hundreds in a World Cup and matched the rare feat of former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara of hitting four tons in a single World Cup. And then there was Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who was India’s highest run-getter in that historic final at Lord’s on June 25, 1983.

Batting against the formidable bowling attack of Clive Lloyd, he managed 38 off 57 balls that made a substantial contribution to India’s total of 183 that proved to be match-winning at the end. He had gone on to open for India in the next two World Cups as well and today, he feels proud to see his successor Rohit Sharma almost single-handedly pulling India through in yet another quadrennial event.

Srikkanth or ‘Chika’ as he is fondly called, who also served as India’s captain and chief selector, praised Rohit saying the latter knows his responsibility and how to pace his innings more conservatively. Rohit slammed the fourth hundred of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

“Four amazing centuries in a single ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is remarkable. He is now level with Kumar Sangakkara for the most-ever in a single World Cup, and I thought he was exceptional against Bangladesh,” Srikkanth wrote in his ICC column.

You cannot ask for anything more

Rohit now has five centuries at the World Cup though all of them have come against Test-playing nations, unlike Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting (both have five in all), Ganguly (four) and the leader of the lot Sachin Tendulkar (six out of which three were against non-Test-playing countries).

“You cannot ask for anything more from an opening batsman. Rohit knows when to attack and when to build an innings more conservatively. In this game he was aggressive from the start and his 104 really gave India the momentum early on. Contrast that with the hundred he scored against South Africa in the first game, two completely different innings, but equally as important,” Srikkanth, who played 43 Tests and 146 ODIs, said.