Mumbai: Ex-India batsman and former Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach Pravin Amre sees shades of swashbuckling cricketer Virender Sehwag in Rohit Sharma, who on Thursday slammed a maiden unbeaten Test ton on debut against the West Indies in the opening match of the two-game series in Kolkata.
"Personally I believe he has got talent like Virender Sehwag. Sehwag also came up with the reputation of a shorter format player. If you see his record, it is phenomenal when it comes to the Test. Rohit is also (of) the same character.
"Because he has got that many strokes. If they spend 2-3 sessions, then they have to get a 100 in any format," Amre told PTI here on Thursday.
Sharma, who missed making his Test debut narrowly three years ago in Nagpur when he picked up a freak ankle injury half an hour before the start of the game, made a sparkling unbeaten 127 to rescue India from a precarious 83 for 5 to take to 354 for 6 on day 2 in reply to Windies first innings total of 234 all out.
Amre, who himself scored a century on debut against a formidable South Africa pace attack at Durban in 1992-93, said the 26-year-old Sharma has adjusted well to the different positions he comes in to bat.
"Over the last 8 years he has been playing first class cricket and I think he always batted in the middle order. I think the way he shifted to the opener's position (in ODIs), that was a special thing.
"It wasn't easy because he started opening in England, and there conditions were not easy for an opener. There I think he adopted very well. He took his time and that was a different Rohit we saw because that was the role needed and he fit in that role," Amre added.