Irfan Pathan, the previous all-rounder, is assured of Rohit Sharma having an identical form of affect for India in Exams as his former teammate Virender Sehwag. Rohit, who began his Check profession in 2013 as a middle-order batsman, was elevated to the function of opener final yr towards South Africa and thus far, has stellar numbers batting on the prime. Opening the innings, Rohit amassed 529 runs within the three-Check collection in October and one other 27 towards Bangladesh.
Rohit turned the first-ever batsman to attain two centuries on debut as a Check opener and Pathan believes the batsman’s confidence stems from his sensible ODI file final yr, which noticed him rating 1490 runs, together with 5 centuries on the 2019 World Cup.
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“We additionally received to see the double-century in Check cricket that we had already seen in ODIs when he got here as an opener. The extra matches he’ll play within the coming years, topic to his maintaining match, he can have an identical affect like Virender Sehwag,” Pathan mentioned on the Cricket Linked Present on Star Sports activities. “Final two years now we have seen a special form of Rohit Sharma, the man who needs to attain hundred after hundred. That may assist him to do rather well in Check cricket for the subsequent few years.”
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Rating the opening batsman as certainly one of his top-Three openers of all time, Pathan believes Rohit’s success as an ODI opener may spur him to realize larger heights in Exams as nicely. Nonetheless, at 33, Rohit might not attain a Sehwag-like peak given he has performed simply 32 Exams as in comparison with the previous India opener’s 104 matches.
“We’ve seen that not too long ago when he began enjoying as an opener in Check cricket. The entire profession of Rohit Sharma in Check cricket appears to be like totally different now. As a result of when he was a middle-order batsman in Check cricket, he was not performing to the extent we anticipate out of him,” Pathan mentioned.
“There can be all the time a query on longevity as a result of Sehwag has performed 100 Check matches. Rohit Sharma is a champion in ODI cricket, he can be in my prime Three openers of ODI historical past. If we discuss of Check matches, he can be a bit behind as a result of he might not be capable to play that many matches.”