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5 batsmen who made batting look easy

Neelabhra Roy
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 07:59 IST

Cricket is centered around scoring of runs. Over the years, many great batsmen have graced the cricket field and have given the spectators a treat for their eyes through their amazing batting. The crowd loves to see the balls being hit out of the park but what’s more delighting are the splendid drives, the beautiful cuts and the wondrous wristy flicks. It takes a very composed and elegant batsman to hit these shots with pin-point perfection rather than a highly aggressive batsman. There have been a number of batsmen who have made these shots look easy with their sparkling elegance and never rushed through their shots. Here’s a list of five such batsmen who made batting look easy and had plenty of time to play their shots.

#5 Rohit Sharma

MUMBAI, INDIA - MARCH 31:  Rohit Sharma of India bats during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between West Indies and India at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma always took a little bit extra time to hit his elegant strokes

Virat Kohli may be considered India’s top batsman at present statistically but when it comes to elegance, the Delhi boy is yet to match Rohit Sharma. Blessed with an outstanding ability to find the gaps, the biggest reason behind Rohit’s elegant stroke play has been the extra millisecond he takes before hitting his shots. While his test performances may not be very good, his limited overs numbers speak for themselves.

After he began to open the Indian innings from 2013 onwards, Rohit has established himself one of India’s most reliable batsmen through his elegant batting. Whenever questions have been raised on his form, Rohit has always let his bat answer for himself and has been India’s saviour on several occasions. He is the only cricketer to have hit two double centuries in ODIs and holds the record for the highest individual score in ODIs with his 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in 2014. Ranked seventh in ODIs, Rohit has hit 5008 runs at an impressive average of 42.08, scoring 28 fifties and 10 hundreds.

The Hitman has been immensely successful in the IPL as well, being the third highest run-getter in the IPL behind Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina and has led his franchise Mumbai Indians to the title on two occasions after previously helping the now defunct Deccan Chargers to win the title in 2009. He has also scored 1292 T20I runs at an average of 30.76. Being normally deployed as a middle-order batsman, his performances in tests haven’t been as impressive as his limited overs performances but his score of 177 on debut is the second highest test score by an Indian on debut. Aged only 29, Rohit still has a lot of cricket left in him and we may have not seen the best of him just yet.

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