Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Rohit Sharma is no stranger to trending on Twitter. But until now the reason for him being so widely mentioned on the micro-blogging site was far from flattering.
Twiteratti largely felt that he didn`t do his talent and calibre justice and that someone else would`ve better utilised the umpteen opportunities that he got. Even the staunchest of Rohit Sharma fans found it tough as the chances he got almost always went a begging.
But all that seems a distant memory now. Fresh from a double ton in the ODIs against Australia, the Mumbai Indians` skipper slammed a ton on Test debut at the Eden Gardens to go from `nohit` to `hitman` in a matter of days. This tweet from @VinayMitta sums up the volte-face of Rohit`s fortunes, "177 off 301 on Test debut! @ImRo45 you truly are something special #Hitman."
Some, like @Harishsangwan feel it is the beginning of a new era, and says, "It`s farewell season for Sachin but looks like Rohit Sharma will be asked to wear Sachin`s jersey instead :p" Similar thoughts were shared by @DiVi_027, who tweets, "`@just_sach: Rohit Sharma is going to be a legend.` Can`t believe it took him so long to get into the Test team! Definitely will be though."
Some feel he was hard done by the umpire, and missed out on the double ton due to that. @Sameerasen tweets, "What a pity Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved double century!" Seconds @JabTakHaiKhan, "Unfortunate Rohit Sharma. But Fortunate Team to have him in the Test Side. #GreatInnings."
With failures now behind him, some of Rohit Sharma`s fans feel his time has come. @Kadhri tweets, "Dream Year for Rohit Sharma - 2013 ! - Place In ODI team as Opener - ODI Century after 3 years. - Maiden ODI Double Century! - World Record."
Seconds, @Pagarakash, "Rohit sharma is doing well in test too !! hope his form continues and proves well for India."
@Siddique_azim feels the inning was worth the wait, "Rohit sharma wait 6 years in test debut and finally get chance ,what a way to finsh 150 run in his first debut test match." Seconds @Cric_ket, "Rohit sharma delivered excellence with his bat. A memorable debut !!"
Many have even jumped the gun by comparing his innings to the herculean 281 scored against Australia by the legendary VVS Laxman. "Kolkata seems to be a happy hunting ground for @ImRo45. Guess Kolkata has found another hero after Very Very Special Laxman," Kushan Sarkar (?@kushansarkar) said.
Shash3011 seconds, "Tremendous knock by @ImRo45 ! Was all the more #special as he came in at 82/4 on debut!"
Some praise was reserved for the debutant centurion from across the border as well. Cricket Pakistan ?(@CricketPKUpdate) tweeted, "Rohit Sharma slams century on Test debut against West Indies."