The Lazy Elegance of Rohit Sharma


The Lazy Elegance of Rohit Sharma


t’s been a great week for the Sharmas. Anushka got married, Rohit scored a double hundred. The pressure is rising on everyone else as Sharma ji ke bete and betiyan keep setting unrealistic goals. Discovery Science claimed that the Ram Setu could be man-made; perhaps it was formed by the cricket balls that landed in the Indian Ocean as Rohit Sharma thumped his favourite whipping boys, the Sri Lankans. This is, after all, his second double century — he’s scored three so far — against the Lankans in ODIs.

When you think Rohit Sharma, you think lazy elegance. Aesthetically, he is one of the most beautiful batsmen to watch. At his best, his feet move like a ballerina dancer’s. On a bad day, he looks like a non-dancer at garba. At times, he’s so laid-back that you are angry at the manner he throws his wicket away. But those days of being mocked for merely being a “talent” are now behind Rohit Sharma. From a bozo he has now turned into beast, a colossal one, of shorter formats.