Interview of Cricket Fans (ICF) – 28 – Rohit Sharma

Welcome to this series of interviewing cricket fans. In this article, I will be having a chat with some of the passionate fans of Hitman and share what they feel like about their idol. My second guest for this series is @thecricketguy45

Thank you so much for your participation in this interview, tell us your memories of watching Cricket growing up.

I am not a professional player but still, cricket is like life to me. My journey as a cricket fan started in 2009 when India won the test series in NZ though I started watching cricket in t20 World Cup 2007 . I was 7 years old then. . Sitting in front of tv ,watching cricket for hours has been my life for last several years. Like all 90s kids, I too loved watching Sachin sir bat and eventually that made me fall in love with this beautiful game. In last 13 years, cricket has given me countless memories including some good and bad both . From winning 2007 T20 World Cup which was the first one to ICT lifting the ODI World Cup in 2011 or Champions Trophy in 2013 and some bitter memories in 2016, 2017 and 19.

Have you been fortunate enough to watch an international match live in a stadium? If yes, which match was going on at what venue?

Yeah I have been fortunate enough to watch an international match live in stadium. Last year I went for India vs Bangladesh T20i at Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi. Watching a game live in stadium is a surreal experience. I just love that vibe.

When was the first time you watched Rohit Sharma bat? And when was the first time you actually started following him and his career?

I saw Rohit Sharma bat first time during T20 World Cup in 2007 against SA where he scored 50 not out. I had no idea about timing, placements and all at that time. Then I saw him play in cb series 2008 . After that I don’t remember watching him so much. I actually started following him from 2011 ipl when he joined Mumbai Indians . I was a big Mi fan because Sachin was there so I would follow all their games very keenly. There I started having the same die hard feelings for Rohit Sharma which I had for Sachin sir earlier . After that I barely missed any game in which Rohit played . Even now, if I am at home I would not get up from my seat till the time he is at crease. Even if I am not at home , generally I don’t miss a game unless I am in examination hall..

Tell us about the masterstroke of MS Dhoni where he promoted him to the opening spot, and rest is history as they say.

Yeah I remember Rohit Sharma opening for the first time for Indian team in an odi against England where he scored some 70 odd runs. Mahi’s decision to promote him to opening slot from middle order has been a boon for both him and the team. From being called inconsistent and waste of talent to today being the best limited over format batsman he has made all of us proud.

Rohit Sharma and double centuries are a match made in heaven. Share us your memories of each of the 200 that he scored in ODI’s.

Talking about the first one I remember it was a Diwali eve & after he crossed century mark I had to go out for medical check up and when I reached at clinic the doctor wasn’t seeing patients as all eyes were on the tv screen because Rohit had crossed 150 marks . I screamed there when he hit that six to cross 200 mark ..Ro made that eve awesome. Second 200 has an interesting story . I was in school then and when I came home Rohit was playing at 48, I watched the game for half an hour and then I had to leave for tuition. On the way I told my friend that if he crosses 100 today he’ll score a double .I know this is unbelievable but it’s true. I was getting updates through cricbuzz & when Rohit reached near double hundred figure my friend came to our tuitions to call me out , and then I left tuition in middle haha . During third double hundred , I prayed to god specially that Rohit does well in that match because in first odd of that series Indian batting order collapsed very badly and as once again situation was bowler friendly and I was very scared. So when batting started I had my fingers crossed like RITIKA di does for Ro. I didn’t get up from my seat till the end . Though I didn’t expected a double that day as RO crossed 100 in 40th over.

5 centuries in 9 matches for India in the World Cup, that is a huge statement, isn’t it?

Even though I’m a rohit fan but I too didn’t expected that kinda performance in wc. 5 centuries in single edition is a big big thing . I just hope he keeps scoring big tons with this consistency.

There is only format where he has failed to establish himself because of various reasons, what according to you is the reason why he hasn’t quite made a mark in Tests yet.

I feel he wasn’t backed much in test format earlier. The reason I’m saying this he would fail 2-3 match and management would drop him. Plus he used to bat in the middle order so when he had the opportunity to score big so many times team would declare innings. Even during the SA tour where most of our batters failed he was dropped in third test though he scored some 40 odd runs in second innings of second test and was third highest scorer of that series till then. Now he has been promoted up the order and management is backing him too. I’m sure he will make a mark in test cricket also. He showed the whole world what he is capable of in his first test series as an opener itself.

And now Rohit Sharma has been awarded Khel Ratna for his excellency in 2019 World Cup for India, your message to him.

It Feels awesome when a player you follow so passionately receives the highest sporting honour of the country. I would just say Thank you Ro for making me happy and Proud. Keep hitting them out of the park & keep bringing laurels to our nation.

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