Rohit Sharma has better technique than Virender Sehwag, he could be more dangerous: Harbhajan Singh
Rohit Sharma's remarkable debut as a Test opener has seen his stocks rise dramatically earning him comparisons with former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag. Rohit was promoted to open the batting after KL Rahul was dropped from the squad following a string of poor performances in whites. The Hitman was touted by many including Indian captain Virat Kohli to replicate his white-ball form in the longest format of the game and the right-hander didn't disappoint as he slammed consecutive centuries in Vizag.
Rohit marked the beginning of his opening stint in Tests with a stunning 176 in the first innings as he combined with double-centurion Mayank Agarwal to post a record opening stand of 317 runs. He followed it up with another blazing knock of 127 runs in the second innings to finish as the top run-getter from the Test match with a staggering 303 runs in two innings. Rohit was deservingly awarded the Man of the Match as India won the game by 203 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.
Rohit's attacking approach was compared to that of Sehwag by many after his successive centuries. Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh recently gave his take on the comparisons between the two modern-day greats and said Rohit has a better technique than the former Indian opener, who amassed 8586 runs in 104 matches including 23 centuries and 32 fifties.
"I don't want to compare Rohit with anyone. But yes, Virender Sehwag had the biggest impact on the opposition. If you didn't get Sehwag out, you would find him batting on 250 or 270 by the end of day's play," Harbhajan was quoted as saying in an interview.
"Rohit is no less and is more than capable of scoring big in a similar fashion. Rohit has a better technique (than Sehwag) and he could be even more dangerous. With Sehwag, you knew he will go after you once he was set but with Rohit, he will play those shots that you would think he is not looking to play but will still hit you far enough," he added.
Rohit could not have expected a better start to his Test stint as an opener but the 32-year-old, who has not enjoyed similar domination in the longest format of the game, as in white-ball cricket, has a long way to go if he has to come close to matching Sehwag's phenomenal record in whites.
Rohit, who has 1888 runs in 28 Test at an average of 44.95, will be hoping to continue his fine form when India take on South Africa in the second Test of the three-match series starting from Thursday at the MCA Stadium in Pune.