Why can't Rohit Sharma cement his spot?

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Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 11:35 [IST]
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Why can't Rohit Sharma cement his spot?

Mumbai and Deccan Charges mainstay Rohit Sharma, has been lauded as a promising talent for India and yet he hasn't been able to find a footing in the international scene.

Even after chalking up 56 matches for the national side in three years at an average of just under 30, he is not sure of his place in India's ODI squad. However, his inclusion in the World Cup's 30-man preliminary squad has come as a relief. But his chances of making it to the final XV look slim. The 23-year-old blames only himself for not being able to cement a spot in Team India.

"I have learned from my mistakes and I have been working on my game. It's true I have been in and out of the team but that is bound to happen. Every player goes through it and it's good that it has happened to me early in my career. It's been a learning curve. I only intend to improve from here," Rohit told a leading news agency

Rohit Sharma finds himself up many quality players who have broken into the fold. Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan are all on a steady rise while a resurgent Yuvraj Singh has found favour with the selectors over him. His breezy 44 in a stabilising attempt against New Zealand at Bangalore recently wasn't enough to sway the selectors into picking up for the one-day series against South Africa next month.

Rohit has exuded batting talent ever since he made his mark in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka and his performance there propelled him to making his ODI debut at Belfast in Ireland in 2007. He even closed in a position in the Indian Test side early in 2010 when he was brought in as back-up for an injured Rahul Dravid.But on the morning of the match, he himself pulled-up with a wound and had to skip the match.

From then on, he has hit many troughs and curves in his career, unable to rise to the status of a permanent player. He has been a valued inclusion in the IPL's Deccan Charges team since its inaugural year in 2008 and now has fallen back on scoring big runs for his Ranji Trophy Mumbai side. This season he already has an unbeaten double century against Bengal and last week he charmed the capital's cricketing fraternity with a fluent 148 against Delhi, to deny the hosts a Ranji Trophy knockout berth.

"This has been a good Ranji season for me. I am back among the runs in a big way and I am happy with my batting," said Rohit.

After going the extra mile to prove himself as a one-day and Twenty20 player, Rohit is now setting his sites on a Test slot.

"I also want to play Test cricket for India. I am growing as a cricketer and I would like to do well in the longer format of the game," Sharma added. "I have performed well in first class cricket and I hope to carry it into the Tests, if given a chance."

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