After six long years of wait, Rohit Sharma finally cleared the ‘Test’ with flying colours.
The Mumbai lad, who has played 108 ODIs so far, scored a brilliant century on his Test debut against the West Indies at the Eden Gardens (always a tricky wicket).
Was he trying to enact the Indian version of popular American serial ‘Breaking The Magician’s Code’, here the magician at the receiving end being the Eden pitch curator.
Rohit, who came close to playing his maiden Test way back in February 2010, was deprived of that golden opportunity due to a freak injury just ahead of the match, seemed to be destined to break the ‘Eden code’.
He made his First Class (Ranji) debut for Mumbai at Eden, won the IPL final earlier this year at the same venue and it was here that he was handed over with the Mumbai Indians captaincy for the first very first time. Don’t be surprised if he chooses Eden as his wedding venue for an equally fruitful family innings ahead.
Little Master Sunil Gavaskar who had once vowed to never play at Eden gave Mumbai Indians captaincy as the biggest turning point in Rohit’s career. And why would he credit it to Eden, where in early 80’s he was booed by the crowd ‘Gavaskar down! Gavaskar out!’ and later pelted with fruit when he led his team onto the field.
A cricket enthusiast is aware that Eden wicket is really slow. Once the ball gets older, it makes batsman’s task even more difficult. One needs to hold back and play late. Rohit did just the same.
With signs of maturity clearly visible in this young promising Indian cricketer, one can certainly hope for some great future for Indian cricket too. As for now, Rohit has shown his Eden talent!
By Sumeet Naik