Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are the two gems of the Indian cricket team. The two legends together have carried the team towards victory in many matches. Though both are equally important for India, there is always a debate on who’s the best among the two.
Recently, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir shared his thoughts on the terrific batsmen of the present generation. The captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli is ranked number 1 ICC ODI batsman list followed by the vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
Virat has scored 11867 runs from 248 ODIs at an average of 59.33 at a strike rate of 93.25. He has scored 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries. Kohli has also scored 2794 runs from 82 T20Is at an average of 50.80 and a strike rate of 138.24.
Rohit, on the other hand, has scored 9115 runs from 224 ODIs at an average of 49.27 at a strike rate of 88.92. He has 29 hundred and 43 fifties to his name. In T20Is, Rohit has scored 2273 runs from 108 matches at an average of 32.62 and a strike rate of 138.78.
The 2011 World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir believes that Rohit Sharma makes more impact in the white-ball cricket as compared to Virat Kohli.
Gambhir told Sports Tak, “For me, white-ball cricket is all about impact. Kohli will end up getting many more runs than Rohit, and Kohli is among the greatest right now, but Rohit has an edge over Kohli because of the impact he has,”
Despite the Indian skipper’s staggering statistics in the shorter format, Gautam Gambhir labeled Rohit as the best white-ball cricketer in the world right now.
Gambhir quoted, “I think he (Rohit) is the best white-ball cricketer in the world right now. He is not the greatest overall but at the moment he is the best. He is the only player to have hit 3 ODI double hundreds, 5 World Cup hundreds (in one edition) and he is also the only player, who once gets past 100-run mark, people say that he missed a double century.”
The 38-year-old further compared the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in terms of batting skills.
Gautam concluded saying, “It is very difficult to compare both of them. Virat Kohli is unbelievable. His stats prove that. But when your reputation is such that when you get out after a hundred, people say he has missed out on double hundred, that speaks volumes about you.”