Mumbai's last two Ranji Trophy games sum up Rohit Sharma's blow-hot, blow-cold career. In Hyderabad last week, in just his second game as the Mumbai captain, Rohit made a sparkling 112, his class shining through even on a flat deck against an inexperienced attack. In Mumbai on Saturday (December 1), Rohit was dismissed for one against Bengal, driving home the inconsistency that has plagued his international stint since his debut in June 2007.
When on song, Rohit is a sight for the Gods, all languid elegance and with time to spare as he picks his spots. He has, however, supremely underachieved, often frustrating his backers, his team-mates and even himself by simply, it has appeared, throwing his hand away. The limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka this July-August was a particular low point as he made just 13 runs in five innings; in all, 85 ODIs have fetched just 1974 runs at 30.84, only two centuries and 12 fifties in 80 innings a huge letdown for all concerned.
Rohit insists, however, that at 25, he still has time on his side. He tells Wisden India that while he is disappointed with the way his career has shaped up, he is also confident of making up for lost time. Excerpts: