Rohit Sharma has been given many opportunities when compared to other cricketers and the Mumbai batsman who had replaced injured Manoj Tiwary in the squad. Having realised that, he made his presence count scoring a fine 83 off 93 balls as an opener.
With scores of 24, 2, 4*, 4 in the T20 matches against England and Pakistan, Rohit Sharma was not included in the playing XI for the ODIs though he was a part of the squad.
Dhoni preferred a regular opener in Ajinkya Rahane as Virender Sehwag was dropped for the ODI series against England. Since Rahane was struggling, Dhoni wnated to play Rohit Sharma in place of Rahane, which was in fact a shocking move as Rohit Sharma had not performed well in ODIs or T20s played a couple of months ago.
The moment Rohit Sharma overcame the hurdles and scored a magnificent half century, critics started pinning hopes on the Mumbai batsman as congratulatory messages overflowed after India's comprehensive five-wicket win over England at Mohali.
Meanwhile Rohit Sharma, overwhelmed with the response after India's win, also tweeted on his micro-blogging site.
"Thank u mohali...amazing series win!" @ImRo45 tweeted on Wednesday.
Here are a few tweets from celebrities who congratulated Team India and especially Rohit Sharma for his brilliant knock of 83 that helped India win the series against England.
Sundar Raman , CEO IPL
@ramansundar fine finish from @ImRaina - played his part with precision. delighted with @ImRo45 batting display at the top. Shd it read IamRo77 fm now?
Shishir Hattangadi, former first-class player
@shishhattangadi ill say it again when he plays well we say "wow" when he fails we wonder "how?"..such is the enigma of Rohit Sharma,Mumbai's new opening bat
Harsha Bhogle , Commentator and journalist
@bhogleharsha that is why rohit sharma gets all these chances. and that is why he is the most frustrating cricketer. that was a tremendous innings.
Sanjay Manjrekar, Commentator
@sanjaymanjrekar Rohit played superbly...He now owes it to Indian cricket to be consistent..thats in return for the patience & faith shown in him.
@tiwarymanoj Wat a great win it was last nite 4 us against England..Superb battin by rohit nd raina !! Wanna wish both of them many more runs in future
@ImZaheer Congratulations Team India on a great series win !!!
Kings XI Punjab, IPL team
@lionsdenkxip India de sher Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma scooped a win in the 4th ODI at our home ground Mohali.
While the celebrities commented on Rohit's innings, a couple of fans also expressed their views on the Mumbai batsman's performance on Twitter.
Here are a few tweets from cricket admirers.
Shining Suraj, cricket admirer
@some1_Stranger Rohit Sharma is India's future captain. He will win us the 2015 and 2019 World Cup.
Vijay Nallawala , a cricket fan
@VijayNallawala Rohit Sharma at last came good! The team selectors must have heaved a sigh of relief. MSD's brave move to send him to open is commendable.
Shashank Kishore, a journalist
@captainshanky Just one innings and people's opinion on Rohit Sharma has suddenly turned bright by a million shades. Just the start as an opener.