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India batting coach tips Rohit Sharma to succeed on away tours
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India batting coach tips Rohit Sharma to succeed on away tours

Rohit Sharma has earned a vote of confidence from India batting coach Vikram Rathour to replicate his sensational form overseas after registering his third century of the series against South Africa.

Rohit struck an unbeaten 117 on the first day of the third Test in Ranchi to help the hosts reach a dominant position.

The 32-year-old, who scored twin centuries on his debut as India's Test opener, batted alongside Ajinkya Rahane to repair the damage inflicted by a top-order collapse.

Rohit's success in his new position in the Test line-up has convinced Rathour about the senior batsman's ability to perform on away tours.

"I always believed he is too good a player not to be playing in any format. It was a good call to make him to open," Rathour said.

"With the amount of runs he has scored, he has settled the issue (of opening the batting) for the time being.

"Somebody of his experience and the kind of cricket he plays, if he starts coming good top of the order, it changes everything for the Indian team, even when you're touring."

Rohit has often faced criticism for harbouring a reputation of a 'home-bully' since his average in overseas conditions drops to 26.32 compared to 100.25 (prior to the Ranchi Test) in India.

India are scheduled to tour New Zealand next year following their home season and Rohit seems to have cemented his place in the side.

'The only adjustment Rohit had to make was his gameplans'

Rohit, who is known for his penchant for aggressive stroke play, curbed his attacking instincts to withstand South Africa's fiery start with the ball.

He calmly steadied the India innings to reach a sedate half-century before unleashing a barrage of meaty blows to demolish the Proteas bowling.

Rathour praised Rohit's adjustment to his game plan by playing according to the situation and reaping rewards later in the innings.

"He is such an experienced player. I don't think you need to change anything with his technique. The only adjustment I think he had to make was his gameplans," he said.

"Once he's set, he's a phenomenal player, we all know that he can really punish you. So he just needed to make that mental adjustment to his gameplans. He has done that well."