Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian cricketer was all praises for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma recently, after their wonderful innings against West Indies in the first ODI match of the 5th series.
Virat and Rohit, who are No.1 and No.2 in the ODI rankings for batsmen currently, gave an amazing performance and slammed centuries against West Indies. While Rohit Sharma scored a massive 152 runs, smashing 15 fours and 8 sixes, on the other hand, the skipper of the team, Virat Kohli scored an aggressive 140 runs, hitting 21 fours and 2 sixes. Both the cricketers made the game look so easy.
The pair stitched together a 246-run stand and took the team to the winning side by chasing the huge total of 322 runs.
Harbhajan Singh was all praises for both of them. He just loved how they both dominate when they are on the field. Praising the pair, he said that both of them are No.1 for him, irrespective of their rankings. He said :
“Rohit Sharma is a player of a different level. When Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma play, it is difficult to judge who is better. The No.1 and No.2 ranking is justified for them and for me…both of them are No.1. The pair is No.1 and whenever they bat together, they dominate.”
He added :
“When India were playing a home series against Australia, they won’t allow anybody below No.3 to bat. These two showed again that they dominate whenever they bat together and not that they give chances while batting. They are exceptional players.”
Harbhajan Singh praised the Indian skipper and acknowledged all the hard-work he has done to reach where he is today. Virat Kohli scored his 36th ton in ODIs and 60th overall. He became the fastest cricketer to achieve this milestone. Praising Kohli, he said :
“It looked like Virat Kohli was batting on a different wicket altogether. It looked like he came to dominate and won’t stop. The amount of hard work Virat has put in on his game, he doesn’t’ give chances. He plays down the ground mostly, doesn’t play much lofted shots. So, his game is so strong that to get him out, you need to bowl a really good delivery,”
He added :
“Virat Kohli is getting better day-by-day and nobody knows how to get him out really and I feel, when he stops playing, nobody can break them that easily,”
Harbhajan Singh then went on to say that if there’s one player in Indian cricket team who is as good as Virat Kohli, then he has to be Rohit Sharma, he said :
“Virat’s numbers have grown over the last couple of years and if I say there is anybody near him, I’ll have to say Rohit. If I say Rohit isn’t as good a player as Virat, it’ll be unfair on him. Both are No.1 players,”
Talking about how Virat and Rohit were when they both debuted for India in International matches, he said :
“Virat’s hunger has grown over the years compared to when he came in. The hunger for runs was there from the U-19 days and there was no deficiency in terms of talent. But, his hard work has taken him where he is now. There was a time during the Test series versus West Indies long back when he was getting out constantly while trying to hook and it seemed like he will never get selected again. But, he showed through hard work that someone can achieve anything through hard work,”
He also added that Rohit Sharma is more talented than Virat Kohli but it is Virat Kohli’s hard-work that has left everyone behind him :
“If I speak of Rohit, he hit three-four sixes off Morne Morkel in the T20 World Cup in South Africa on a bouncy Durban track. I understood then only that he has a special talent. And, if I just speak of talent, he will be above Kohli but with hard work, Kohli left everyone behind.”
“But, if Rohit works a tad harder, he can leave Kohli behind with the amount of capability he has. But, it is great to see two of the world’s best batsmen are from India and they are dominating the game,”
We completely agree with Harbhajan Singh, it is the hard-work, dedication and talent of Virat Kohli that has made him what he is today, the No.1 batsmen in the world. Rohit Sharma on the other hand, is doing extremely great and has been ruling the hearts with his performance.
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