The argument around the contrasting approaches of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli has been going on for a while now. Virat helped India to beat New Zealand by scoring a record 50th ton in ODIs. Before the knock of Virat, the Indian captain gave a brisk start at the top for India, as he scored 47(28) in his stay in the middle. The innings of Rohit was impactful.
The two batters have been doing it for the entire ODI World Cup 2023. The two experienced batters have had different approaches for their success in the tournament. While Rohit has butchered the bowling attacks from his end, Virat has been elegant and anchored the innings at number 3, after the initial attack from the captain.
While both methods have helped India, there has been criticism over Virat’s knocks, as in some instances, he took some deliveries to reach milestones. On the other hand, Rohit has not wasted many deliveries. It has led to a debate on the better method of scoring the runs for the team. Different people have different opinions about it. Ashish Nehra talked about the same.
They play together for the team – Ashish Nehra
The former World Cup winner had a neutral opinion about the debate. The former left-arm pacer concluded that Rohit has been able to go hard at the top, as he knows that Virat could anchor the innings after him. Likewise, Nehra agreed with the fact that Rohit Sharma going hard at the top has eased the pressure off other batters. Nehra said that the two cricketers are like two sides of the coin, which coexist with each other.
“Why Rohit Sharma can play so fearless & aggressively is because Virat Kohli is there – Virat Kohli plays with his time because Rohit Sharma plays like this so both seem to be two sides of a coin, they play together for the team,” said Nehra. Against Australia, India would be hoping to get the best from both players. Kohli and Sharma are currently among the top 5 highest run scorers in the tournament.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Nehra:
Rohit can play like Kohli any day if he wants to. He is master at scoring big. But people are misunderstanding what he wants to do. He wants to bring that fearless culture to Indian cricket, that’s the point.
Again saying “What Kohli is doing, Rohit can do anyday by himself”.
— David. (@CricketFreakD3) November 18, 2023
Century loading from both Rohit and kohli in the final pic.twitter.com/aTVOsqB3w7
— King Kohli ? (@anime_world_104) November 18, 2023
Rohit gives fiercy start and Kohli gives stability ??
— CONTEXTUAL MEME (@Contextual_Meme) November 18, 2023
Number 18 isn’t a number! It’s an emotion ?? pic.twitter.com/3IC8nueJK7
— Jigar (@Jigarr96) November 18, 2023
Virat can play his natural game because Rohit takes the RR to 8+ in the powerplay
— Useer45 (@140of113) November 18, 2023
They all know their role perfectly
— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) November 18, 2023
The things that all these fanbases should hear before they Criticise other players on social media
— Bruce Stark (@Bruce_stark08) November 18, 2023
Ab sabne bolna ne Ashish Nehra Kohli ka PR hai ?
— Tasneem Hanif ?? (@TasneemKhatai) November 18, 2023
Rohit Sharma is nothing in front of Babar Azam
— AQiB Majeed (@Cheifkat21) November 18, 2023
Rohit is great player in modern era
— Ajmal Ali (@ajmalalilqp) November 18, 2023
Finally about time someone said it . They both complement each other .
— Tradenavigator (@Sauravsamant1) November 18, 2023