Rohit Sharma was hurt for not being able to play Test cricket for long time, says his father

Rohit Sharma scored 177 on Test debut against West Indies at Eden Gardens, Kolkata © IANS

Nov 11, 2013
 
Rohit Sharma’s father is a happy man seeing his taking advantage of the opportunity given to him. Rohit scored century on Test debut on Thursday against West Indies in the first Test at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
 
“Not being able play Test cricket hurt Rohit. He spoke to me about this many times. I am glad he cashed in on this opportunity. I am confident he will come up with many good performances and match-winning knocks for India,” Rohit’s father Gurunath was quoted as saying by MiD DAY.
 
Rohit received his Test cap from Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his farewell Test series, on Wednesday. He made his One-Day International debut in 2007 and has scored 3,049 runs from 108 matches at an average of 36.73.
 
He scored 177 in the first innings of the Test match. He was involved in a 73-run partnership for the sicth wicket. Later on, he and Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed the previous highest seventh wicket partnership by Indians, scoring 280 from 72 overs.
 
“Rohit played with a lot of responsibility today [Thursday]. I didn’t expect him to get a hundred straightaway, but hoped that he and Dhoni would bail India out after we were struggling at 83 for five. Ashwin too played a good supporting role,” Gurunath added.