Impressed with his breathtaking display of batting,Australia skipper George Bailey says Rohit Sharma is certainly the one who is in the mix for the spot that will open up after Sachin Tendulkars retirement from international cricket later this month. Rohit crack a match-winning double century as India posted a 57-run victory in the series-deciding final ODI against Australia to clinch the rubber 3-2 here last night.
It was an extraordinary innings. He has had a wonderful series. He is obviously flourishing at the top of the order. He would certainly be one who is in the mix for that spot that will open up after the great man (Sachin Tendulkar) departs in a couple of Tests, he told reporters at post-match press conference here.
Bailey also lauded Rohit for pacing up his innings wonderfully after starting on a slow note.
It was extraordinary. I think the record was smashed for most sixes in a game. I thought Rohit batted beautifully. He summed it up. He wasn’t actually that quick early on. I looked at it when he brought his 100 up and he was probably only run a ball. He just got a bit busier after that, he said.
Rohit had blasted his way into the record books with a breathtaking 209 that included a record 16 sixes. He also became only third batsman in the history of ODI cricket after Virender Sehwag (219) and Sachin Tendulkar (200 no) to reach the coveted double ton. This was also the highest individual ODI score by any batsman against Australia in ODIs.
Praising James Faulkner,Bailey said the Tasmanian has got a wonderful future ahead and teams will fear him because of the energy and competitiveness he brings into the game.
Teams will certainly fear him. It is just that energy he brings is wonderful. The competitiveness he brings is something you love playing with. He has got a pretty bright future, he said.
Talking about Faulkner’s bowling,the stand-in-skipper said,He bowls in powerplays,at the start and the death. He loves that responsibility. I think we have just seen him come into his own with a bit of confidence.
On India opener Shikhar Dhawan getting engaged in a war-of-words with Shane Watson,Bailey said,Yeah he is pretty animated isn’t he? He is obviously passionate about how he goes about it. I think there is a bit of that on both sides. There are guys who are very passionate. There is a lot riding on the line. But there is a fine line there I guess. Sometimes the art of winning is as hard to learn as the art of losing.
Asked whether Watson would miss Ashes series due to injury,Bailey said,The team won’t know anything until Watson gets home and gets a proper scan looked at.
Bailey said his run out was embarrassing and there is no other way to describe it. If there were any lessons for the Ashes series,Bailey said,I am not sure. It will be a hell of an Ashes Test match if that is the sort of cricket that is played.
The in-form Bailey said he would love to be in the Test side but the spot would be up for grabs with many domestic players in contention. If Michael Clarke,Darren Lehmann or John Inverarity think I should be there then I would love to be there, Bailey added.