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In the absence of skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma led the Men in Blue in brilliant fashion as the hosts registered two consecutive series wins in limited overs against Sri lanka. While Rohit’s debut as captain got off to a horrible start, as India lost the match by runs, the Mumbai batsman staged a remarkable comeback as he slammed his third double ton in one-day internationals.
Rohit followed it with yet another record innings – where he smashed the joint fastest T20 hundred in the second T20 international against Sri Lanka. The Hitman has earned massive praise from the cricket fraternity and how good has been his form can be ascertained from the fact that BCCI’s former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil reckons he is currently a better batsman than Kohli.
“Virat Kohli fans might not like it but I have to say Rohit Sharma is currently the better batsman,” Sandeep Patil told ABP News.
Patil further added that while Kohli’s is undeniably India’s best Test batsman, Rohit was ahead of him in limited overs cricket.
“Virat is definitely a great batsman, no doubt about it. He is India’s best Test batsman but when it comes to limited overs cricket, Rohit is ahead of him,” Patil added.
Rohits brief tenure as stand-in captain came to an end with the final T20 International against Sri Lanka as Virat Kohli will be back in the hot seat for the South Africa tour after a month-long break.
Kohli, who recently tied the knot with Anushka Sharma, will resume his cricketing duties now with India set to tour South Africa for a challenging tour beginning from January 5.
Rohit also heaped praise on his teammates for the way their performed in the limited overs series.
“Throughout the series we had six batters plus one all rounder, so we had seven batsmen. We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it,” Rohit said after India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to sweep the three-match T20 series 3-0.
“I am happy with the composition we had throughout the series. Guys who got opportunities made it count throughout.
It was thoroughly a team effort. Each and every guy has put in a lot of effort,” he added.
He praised his young team-mates for the way they performed in the series.
“A lot of the guys were playing their first game, second game, but it never seemed that way. They were confident and it was our job as management to back them. They came and did what they were expected to do,” said Rohit.
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