He has often been painted as a batsman who has failed to realise his potential but Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is not bothered about the criticism, instead he is eagerly waiting to make his Test debut.
After being catapulted to the opening slot by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sharma did extremely well in the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the West Indies.
Those performances together with his good show in the recent India ‘A’ tour of South Africa have infused a new life into his career and the young batsman is now confident to do an encore when he takes guard in the five-day format.
A freak injury just before the Nagpur Test in 2010 had delayed his Test debut but he is confident he will finally get to play the traditional format when the West Indies arrives for a short tour in November.
“I am confident. I am expecting another Test call-up and making my debut. Although these things are not in my hand as my job is to perform and contribute towards team’s victory but I am looking forward to my debut in the upcoming series,” Sharma said.
In February 2010, Sharma was set to make his Test debut against South Africa but he injured himself while playing football in the warm-up on the first morning of the match.
He was also part of the squad for the third Test at home against the West Indies in November 2011 and the four-Test Australia series in 2011-12 but could not make the playing XI.
Since then Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja have all made their Test debuts in the middle-order.
Sharma also rejected criticism that he has not justified his immense talent. He has been often criticised for being laidback and not managing himself off the field.
“I am very happy with what I have done so far,” he said categorically.
“I would like to keep doing things that way. I don’t look back and ponder over my failures. I am working hard on my game and keep on doing it,” Sharma, who holds the dubious record of being the first player in history to play 100 ODIs without playing a single Test match, added.