Monday (December 23): Rohit Sharma feels “extremely grateful” for having a phenomenal 2019 in which he enjoyed and understood his batting with the only regret being not able to win the coveted ODI World Cup in England.
India’s white-ball vice-captain scored a record 2442 runs as an opener across formats with 10 hundreds breaking Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya’s previous feat.
This was also the year when Rohit rediscovered himself as a Test opener with a fabulous series against South Africa.
“Extremely grateful for the year I have had. A World Cup victory would have been nice but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, the team came together really well,” said Rohit, who won another ‘Man of the Series’ award for his aggregate of 258 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies.
“Personally, I have enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping. There’s an exciting year coming up,” Kohli’s deputy sounded upbeat about 2020 when India travel to play a challenging Test series against New Zealand first up.
With a record five centuries in the World Cup and a double century on ‘Test opening debut’, Rohit is in a happy space right now.