Rohit Sharma’s absence and Impact during Australia 2020-2021

Rohit Sharma averages above fifty in ODIs played in Australia

India is entering their second ODI series of the year without Rohit Sharma.

The absence this time around is likely to be different for the Indians.

During the New Zealand series, Rohit Sharma was available for the T20s but missed out on the tests and ODIs.

In his absence, India failed to win a single game, and the top-order looked highly inexperienced in the ODIs.

The arrival of Shikhar Dhawan has boosted the top-order, but Rohit Sharma’s form is undoubtedly something that’s going to be missed.

Rohit Sharma is one of the best players of the short ball in India and has a glorious pull shot.

He has pulled some of the fastest bowlers and is often undisturbed by high pace.

His ability to play fast bowling is clear with his performance on faster and bouncy surfaces an example.

There are very few players with a pull as convincing and as clean as him.

During the IPL, Rohit Sharma has received many compliments, particularly from Harsha Bhogle, regarding the pull shot.

Rohit Sharma is a player who loves timing the ball and has a gift in that aspect.

His timing allows him to clear large boundaries with ease as Rohit Sharma has made six-hitting an art over the years.

He has the ability to time the ball over the ropes and manufacture shots off tough deliveries to create some opportunity to score runs.

With the bouncy pitches in Australia, Rohit Sharma has been a significant factor in India’s performance in Australia.

The Australian bowlers are menacing to play in their own backyard and Rohit Sharma has always managed to get the better of them.

Rohit Sharma has managed to frustrate the Australians in the past with his ability to play long and aggressive innings.

An incident at the MCG in 2015 on his way to a one of Rohit Sharma’s best centuries

In the past he has even been apart of some on-field exchanges and his ability to build an innings is another factor that will surely be missed.

His template of starting slow and finishing strong has changed over the last few months, with Rohit Sharma starting faster.

Despite the change, Rohit has still done well to build an innings and lift pressure of his teammates.

His template has been successful in Australia with a lot of patience required to succeed on the long grounds and against quality bowling.

The ability to wait for the right moment and clear the boundary with ease is what Rohit Sharma has and has used in Australia over the years.

In one-day thirty matches played in Australia, Rohit Sharma has five centuries and averages 53.

Against Australia in particular, he has four ODI centuries with the highest score of 171.

He first played in Australia back in 2008 during the CB series.

During the CB series back then, Rohit showed his potential as a middle-order batsman with some good performances on the actual Australian surfaces.

His average has been getting better and better with each visit as he piled up some good numbers in Australia.

His century against Bangladesh in the 2015 world cup quarter-final and his 138 in the CB series before the world cup against Australia are vital examples of his abilities in Australia.

Both games were played in the large Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In both games, the other batsmen struggled to get going, and it was Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina who helped the side get to decent scores.

The knocks were of top quality, and the one against Australia came against a fiery Mitchell Starc.

Rohit Sharma came back a year later to score 441 runs in a five-match ODI series against Australia.

He hit two centuries and a 99 in the series and was India’s best batsman as they lost the series.

His rise in ODI cricket after becoming an opener has also allowed him to be among the country’s best batsmen.

He is regarded as India’s best batsman and Virat Kohli, and losing a player of such quality ahead tour isn’t going to be easy.

While Rohit is a giant in the one-day format, his absence may be felt in the T20s too.

His 171 in Australia was of high quality as it showed his ability to play long knocks overseas.

Rohit Sharma has recently won his fifth IPL as captain and was vice-captain for another title in 2009.

He comes with immense experience, having played T20i since 2007.

His rise after becoming an opener hasn’t been as prolific in T20 as in the 50 overs game.

He has so far played nine games in Australia with the highest score of sixty and an average of 25.

While his numbers may not be so good, the experience he packs will surely go missing.

In his absence, KL Rahul has been announced as the vice-captain after leading run-scoring charts in the IPL 2020.

Rohit Sharma has played 108 T20s and has scored four centuries in the format.

He has the most T20i centuries by an Indian and has scored two half-centuries in his last two T20i outings.

More recently, Rohit Sharma hit a half-century in the IPL final and is one of the best players in a big game.

He made five centuries in the ODI world cup to show his talent as a high-pressure player.

His calmness is going to be another factor that will be missed as the Indians take on Australia.

The ODI series begins in a day, and though Rohit Sharma is missing, India will have some form of experience with Shikhar Dhawan in the squad.

Dhawan was absent during the New Zealand series and has shown some excellent form in the IPL.

In Rohit Sharma’s absence, Shikhar Dhawan needs to step up and fill the gap left by his opening partner.

With India missing one of their most experienced players and one of the short ball’s best players, it will be interesting to see how a new-look side does in the expansive Australian grounds.

Rohit Sharma may still return for the tests, but it is in the one-day format where his services will be missed the most.

He has suffered his second injury of the year, and let’s hope it’s his last as India prepares for the world cups coming up.

The side is coming in with many new faces, and the series will give a picture of the future for Indian cricket.

With players like Mayank Agarwal, the talent is there to fill Rohit’s shoes.

With the talent available, the side will have to make some right decisions to cover the absence of one of the ball’s best pullers.

If the side fails to find a good player in his absence, the limited-overs series could become more challenging as they struggled in Rohit’s absence last time in New Zealand.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.