There are many cricketers whose talents would have impressed you in the past and now. Their attractive styles of batting with an impressive temperament could leave you awe-struck and India’s limited-overs opening batsman Rohit Sharma is one of them.
But Rohit hates the word ‘talented’ or ‘blessed’ and his recent answer would have satisfied everyone.
Talent, in sport, is a double-edged sword. Whenever an athlete wields his game with flair and fearlessness, his/her name is bound to associate with the word – ‘talent’.
As far as cricket is concerned – there is no bigger victim of this term than Rohit Sharma. Ever since Rohit made his international debut in 2007, he has been labeled as the most naturally gifted Indian batsman since Sachin Tendulkar.
While Rohit often receives a lot of praise for his natural talent, the same terminology also becomes a curse for him every now and then. When the right-hander doesn’t manage to live up to the expectations, he gets brutally trolled on social media with folks making meme on his talent.
However, Rohit believes he isn’t gifted and whatever he has achieved in cricket thus far is simply because of his hard work.
Rohit recently organised a chat session for his fans after being picked as captain of the Indian team for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 after Virat Kohli was rested from the squad.
When a fan asked, why he hates the word ‘talented’ or ‘blessed’, the 31 year-old replied: “Because I’m not talented, I worked for everything I have”.
Because I’m not talented, I worked for everything I have
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 1, 2018
Whether it is a talent, handwork or the combination of both, one thing is sure that Rohit has come a long way in international cricket. He has registered quite a few world records to his name.
Rohit is the proud owner of the highest individual ODI score — 264 (against Sri Lanka in 2014). Moreover, he is the only batsman in the history of the 50 over format to score three double centuries.
Also, he is the one of the two batsmen to have scored three T20 international centuries (other being New Zealand’s Colin Munro).