Sunday, January 17, 2021

Harbhajan Singh picks the better T20I batsman between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh, in his recent interview revealed his pick on the better T20I batsman between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have been dominating world cricket for quite some time now. Where Virat has already mastered all the three formats of the game, Rohit rules the limited overs. Ever since both of them picked up the pace in their careers in their respective segments, it has been quite an obvious question as to who rules the T20I format.

Veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was asked the same question and he failed to separate out the best. Rohit, in his recent matches, has played quite a mixed role. After a disappointing outing in first T20I against New Zealand, Rohit made a brilliant comeback to score a 50 off 29 deliveries which turned out to be really crucial during a successful chase of 159 in the second T20I at Auckland on Friday.

Indian leveled the three match series by 1-1 while Rohit’s score of 50 helped him achieve a number of records. Rohit became the leading run-scorer in T20Is, surpassing New Zealand’s Martin Guptill. He also surpassed Kohli’s tally of most fifty-plus scores in T20Is and at the same time became the third fastest Indian to have hit 100 T20I sixes.

In a recent interview with India Today, Harbhajan Singh was asked to pick the better T20I batsman among Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The 38 year old called it as an extremely tricky question before highlighting the points on behalf of both Kohli and Rohit. 

“That’s a tricky question. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are tremendous players and both are match-winners. Both are class players and their records speak for themselves. Rohit Sharma is supremely talented while Virat Kohli is a hard-working cricketer. Maybe, Kohli is not as talented at Rohit but his hard work and passion have taken him to where he is right now. So, it’s tough for me to pick who’s a better batsman. I will not be able to answer this question. But both play for India, that’s what matters,” Harbhajan told Sports Tak.

“Rohit has scored so many hundreds in T20Is because he opens the innings and he gets to play that many deliveries. Virat Kohli sometimes has to play slow at the start of his innings after India lose early wickets. And, when he gets a set platform, 15-16 overs are already over. So we should not look at the stats but look at how much these two players have contributed playing for India,” Harbhajan added.

Author’s Take:

Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are best at their own. Statistically Kohli, has a batting average of 49.25 in T20I cricket while on the other hand, Rohit’s 19 fifty-plus knocks in T20Is include four centuries which is the most by a batsman in the format. Kohli is yet to score a T20I century but his test career is a skyscraper of a record. Hence, it is very difficult to come to any conclusion of that sort at this point of time.

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