Time for Rohit Sharma to make way for Manoj Tiwary

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Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 11:12 [IST]
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Over-rated Rohit Sharma's time is up!

Bangalore, Jul 25: India's most hyped middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma has failed to create an impact in the on-going ODI series against Sri Lanka suggesting that selectors need to look beyond the Mumbai batsman as he has not been able to fulfil the demands of the team.

The cricketer's records in the last twelve months suggest that he has maintained his poor form throughout scoring only one half century (68) out of 11 outings as the selectors gave him more opportunities than any other cricketer in order to help him cement his place in the ODI team.

With a Test place also available, Rohit Sharma's recent form suggest that he should make way for others in the squad, as Manoj Tiwary or Ajinkya Rahane can easily take his spot in the team as they have been quite consistent in the games they have played so far.

Apart from a series against West Indies, his average drops to a mediocre 26.7 and he has been getting more chances to play ODIs than any other middle-order batsman.

With Yuvraj Singh also keen on returning to ODI and Test fold, Rohit Sharma's run for the Test spot makes it even more difficult, as Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane are right behind him to grab the opportunity to shine and cement their places.

Having taken his place for granted Rohit Sharma, is already feeling the heat, as he has been consistently not performing as he has got out 24 times before reaching double figures which is surely a concern.

Moreover, his scores in 2012 are 21, 10, 33, 15, 0, 4, 68, 5, 0, which certainly suggests that its time for selectors to look beyond this most hyped middle-order batsman.

With 34 more runs required to complete 2000 runs, he might have to wait for a very long time to achieve that landmark. However, his inclusion for the third ODI remains in doubt as the team has failed miserably in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Hambantota.


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