Hitman was just 'OK'? Jimmy Neesham gives Rohit Sharma's Vizag masterclass a mediocre rating
Rohit Sharma's sensational debut as an opener in the longest format of the game has been labelled mediocre by New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham on Tuesday. Neesham, who is famous for his witty remarks and pun intended approach towards any scenario both on and off the field was recently asked about Rohit's recent audition for the role of the Test opener against South Africa. Even though Rohit is considered as one of the most successful batsmen in white-ball cricket, the 32-year-old has been only a shadow of himself in the red-ball cricket.
However, things took a drastic change as Rohit's stocks skyrocketed after India's thumping win over South Africa in the ongoing three-match Test series played as part of the ICC World Test Championship. Accepting the opportunity of becoming India's opener across all formats with both hands, Rohit strengthened his case in the Vizag Test by scripting history for the Virat Kohli-led side as India eased past the Proteas with a 203-run triumph.
Nicknamed Hitman for his explosive batting style for the Men In Blue, Rohit played his natural game and took the South African bowlers to the cleaners in both the innings of the Test match. At a time when the whole world is busy lavishing praise at Rohit, it was nothing but an inevitability that a social media-friendly cricketer like Nessham stumble upon a tweet with Rohit getting an honourable mention. Neesham was on his routine seeing feed and tweeting things mode when an Indian fan asked about his take on the Hitman's masterclass in Vizag.
I think it’s fair to say he’s started okhttps://t.co/a4oOGmIeIy— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) October 7, 2019
"I think it’s fair to say he’s started ok," Neesham said when he was asked about Rohit's start as opener in the longest format for India. Matching the sarcasm level of Neesham, one user replied to Neesham's tweet with anther hilarious question.
Views on Rohit calling Pujara Ben Stokes?— Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast (@1tip1hand) October 7, 2019
Though Neesham is still awaited to publicly hail the batting genius of Rohit as red-ball cricketer, there's no denying that the Hitman showcased a magnificent batting session in both his innings to guide India towards a memorable triumph.
With 13 maximums, the swashbuckling batsman broke Wasim Akram's record of smashing the most number of sixes in a single innings. Rohit also joined forces with Mayank Agarwal for the highest opening partnership against South Africa and also became the sixth Indian to smash back to back centuries in a Test match.