Rohit Sharma has been in distinctive kind throughout the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, notching up three half-centuries in opposition to Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Within the Tremendous 4 stage conflict in opposition to Sri Lanka, the right-hander achieved a monumental milestone within the historical past of ODIs. He joined an illustrious membership of cricketers, turning into the sixth Indian to amass 10,000 runs in ODIs.
What’s much more outstanding is that he completed this feat at a tempo second solely to Virat Kohli, outpacing cricketing legends reminiscent of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, MS Dhoni, and India’s present coach, Rahul Dravid.
Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers extremely praised Rohit , highlighting his outstanding journey in ODIs. He applauded the Indian skipper’s phenomenal comeback from the fourth slowest to succeed in 2,000 runs to turn into the second quickest to 10,000.
“Rohit was fourth slowest to 2000 runs, however the second quickest to 10000. How’s that for a comeback. I’ve plenty of respect for him,” ABD stated on his YouTube channel.
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‘He wouldn’t again right down to anybody’: De Villiers on Rohit Sharma
The previous South African skipper reminisced concerning the first time he watched Rohit taking part in and praised his indomitable combating spirit on the sector.
“The primary time I watched him play, I believed this man has received one thing particular to supply. What I like most about him – from a really younger age, he’s at all times had a combating spirit. He wouldn’t again right down to anybody,” he talked about.
De Villiers additionally recalled a memorable incident from a Check match in Durban the place the best hander displayed his braveness by standing as much as the formidable tempo duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
“I consider a Check match in Durban the place he simply wouldn’t stand again to Dale Steyn or Morne Morkel or any of our quick bowlers. He would make eye contact. If anybody chirped him. He can be proper of their face, chest out. I at all times preferred that.” the Pretoria-born added.
De Villiers heapes praises on Rohit-Gill duo
The 39-year-old additionally lauded the partnership between Shubman Gill and Rohit, acknowledging them as a formidable opening mixture that poses a big risk to the opposition. The duo turned the quickest Indian pair to succeed in the milestone of 1000 partnership runs, conducting this feat in simply 13 innings.
“Very apparently, he has had an unbelievable partnership with Shubman Gill. Two fighters on the crease is at all times a harmful factor for the opposition. As a gap pair, they’re averaging 87-odd (95) with a strike price of 110. If they will do this for India within the World Cup,” De Villiers added additional.