New Delhi: Rohit Sharma's historic knock of 267 runs on Thursday against the visiting Sri Lankan side in the fourth ODI of the five-match series at Eden Gardens has almost secured his opening slot for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.
The stylish right-hander, who made a comeback to international cricket after a forceful two months break due to the surgery in his right hand finger, made an excellent comeback especially at a time when he has almost lost his opening slot to Ajinkya Rahane.
In the absence of Sharma, Rahane was the best choice to open the Indian innings with the genuine opener Shikhar Dhawan. And Rahane grabbed the opportunity with both hands, when Sharma was ruled out of England series at Cardiff, after injuring his finger.
In fact, the Rajasthan Royals' player too looks quite comfortable while opening the innings alongside Dhawan. In fact, Indian skipper MS Dhoni praised the opener with the way he negotiates with the new ball in any given situation.
But Rohit's stupendous comeback knock, en route to which he broke many cricketing records, has almost put all speculations to rest about his opening slot.
In his epic knock, Rohit smashed 33 boundaries and nine sixes and used mere 173 balls. The Mumbaikar has proved that he has fully recovered from his injury and is all set to take bowlers by surprise.
His ability to play long innings will definitely give him an edge over Rahane. So, for now it's quite safe to predict that Rohit has left Rahane behind, in the race to open the innings for India, at least for now.