Indian cricket has always been blamed for persisting with players on account of reputation — and in some cases experience. But the way Rohit Sharma, who currently lacks both, was handed game after game on the recently concluded tour of Sri Lanka shows a new trend emerging — one that of selecting players on the basis of “unrealised potential”.
Rohit may have it in him to succeed at the highest level but the Indian team management must decide how many is too many, for now at least, especially with Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane waiting in the wings.
Rohit had a wretched run against Sri Lanka, scoring just 13 runs in five matches, the least by a recognised Indian batsman in a series of five matches or more. He was late on the ball, had his feet anchored to the crease — signs of a batsman short on form and confidence.
On the contrary, Tiwary, who just got two games, justified his selection by scoring a half-century in the fifth ODI. Rahane also got a game but failed to make a mark.
Rohit’s selection for the tour itself was a questionable call, with the batsman having passed the fifty mark only once in his last eight outings.