A buzz followed Rohit Sharma when he was making his way to the top in the late 2000”s. It was generated by the sheer talent he possessed and a seemingly unquenchable thirst for runs. The world got a glimpse of what those that followed Indian domestic cricket at the time were talking about when Rohit, coming in at number 4 with the team precariously placed at 33/3, took on the likes of Makhaya Ntini and Morne Morkel to score a fifty and win India the game in the 2007 World T20.
However, a combination of factors like the presence of proven performers and seniors in the Indian batting lineup coupled with inconsistent performances whenever he got chances meant that Rohit was on the periphery of the team for much of the first six years of his career.
It all came together in 2013; India needed a new opening pair and it was the Mumbai lad who was chosen as Shikhar Dhawan”s partner. The centuries and double centuries followed and Rohit’s status as an integral part of the limited-overs side was cemented.