Michael Atherton reveals why Indian batsmen look more ‘natural’ than compared to English ones

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India’s swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is considered as one of the best in the limited-overs in recent times. His batting is a treat to watch when he is in full form. Moreover, his brilliant timing while playing the pull shots makes him different from others as it is better than most of the players. Probably, this trait of him has allowed Rohit to do well as India’s Test opener.

As an opener, Rohit has amassed 556 runs from 10 Tests ever since he has started opening from last October. He has scored centuries which included a double-ton as well and the way he’s playing, the day is not so far when he will be considered as one of the best in the longer format as well.

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Michael Atherton, the former England opener, has supported Rohit Sharma to do well and he thins that Indian cricketers are more learned while playing rather than having a set of coaching manuals.

“I watch Rohit and think well you can’t not be successful at Test level. He just looks such a good player that you’d think that success will come. The one thing I do enjoy watching and this is a general point about Indian batsmen is that they look very natural to me and not over-coached and forced or stilted,” Atherton said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop Show.

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Michael Atherton also recalled his interaction with the former batting great Rahul Dravid. Under his guidance, India A and Under-19 side did pretty well for years before he took the responsibility of the National Cricket Academy last year. It was at that time, Rahul Dravid explained to Atherton the difference between the Under-19 players of India and England.

“I was chatting to Rahul Dravid a couple of years ago. I was asking him why he felt that India’s players looked more natural and less forced than England’s at that level. He thought it was do with the fact that India’s cricketers all year around play, and because of the weather in England, a lot of English players spend six months indoors on bowling machines and it can look a bit forced after that… a bit overcoached,” Atherton said.

“He felt a lot of India’s young batsmen were learning in play rather than being coached personally. So I always enjoy watching that about watching Indian batsmen, they look very natural and fluid and fluent and of course, no better example than Rohit Sharma,” he concluded.

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