Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma make a terrific pair when batting together. Virat Kohli is ranked number 1 batsman in ICC’s ODI list followed by Rohit Sharma on number 2. Both the cricketers share a mutual understanding with each other while forming a partnership in the match field. Virat and Rohit have collected 4878 runs at an average of 65.04 together in ODIs. Also, in just 80 innings, they have established 100+ partnerships in 18 matches with 246 being their best partnership so far.
Recently in a candid conversation with Wisden Cricket Monthly, umpire Michael Gough narrated an incident involving Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Australia’s captain Aaron Finch. The 40-year-old Gough has officiated in 62 ODIs so far. Also, he played 67 first-class games for Durham as an off-spinner. Throughout his cricket career, Gough has taken 30 first-class scalps and 21 lists A wickets.
Virat and Rohit form a great partnership on the match field and it gets difficult for the opponent team to cope up with it. Recalling an incident from an India vs Australia match, Gough revealed that Finch asked for tips on how to get the two legends out.
Michael told Wisden Cricket Monthly, “I remember a match between India and Australia. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were putting on a huge partnership. I stood next to Aaron Finch at square-leg and he said to me, during the game, how it was unbelievable to watch these two great players.”
He added, “Then he asked me how I would bowl at them! I looked at him and said, ‘I’ve got enough on my plate, you’re on your own there’,”
Michael Gough denied disclosing the details of that match. However, we can predict that he was talking about the last ODI match played between the two teams this year in January in Bangalore. Kohli (89) and Rohit (119) had shared a 137-run match-winning partnership for the second wicket in that match. Australia had visited India for a three-match ODI series in January. India had won the bilateral series by 2-1. Notably, Michael Gough had officiated for two out of the three matches.