'If Rohit Sharma’s fitness were half as good as Virat Kohli'...- Former Pakistan player makes a bold statement on Indian captain

Both Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are the top two batters in the T20 format.

Abhishek SandikarAuthor

Updated - 13 September 2022 11:48 AM


Pakistan despite having a disappointing end to the Asia Cup 2022, walk towards the upcoming T20 World Cup with the top two batters in the format - Mohammad  Rizwan and Babar Azam. But Pakistan captain Salman Butt has expressed that both these players don’t compare to India's Rohit Sharma. The Mumbai-based player is often touted as one of the top batters in modern cricket. 

Sharma has an effortless ability to score runs at an incredible rate. Similarly, Butt expressed a lot of praise for Rohit and talked about how he is at the same level as South African great AB de Villiers. He further opined that if Sharma’s fitness were half as good as Virat Kohli's, he could have reached a level which no one has seen.  

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Butt said, “Unka (Rohit) comparison nahi banta (with Babar and Rizwan). With his set of skills, Rohit ki fitness Kohli se aadhi bhi ho, toh usse zyada destructive player nahi hai. Fir uska aur sirf AB de Villiers ka match reh jaata hai, beechme koi player nahi aata. Agar woh (Rohit) bohot fit hotey Kohli ki tarah toh pata nahi woh kya kartey.”

(Rohit can't be compared with Babar and Rizwan. With his set of skills, Rohit would be the most destructive player if his fitness levels were half as good as Kohli's. Only AB de Villiers comes close to him.)

Talking about Rohit Sharma and the Indian team, the Men in Blue had a sub-par performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup. They failed to make the finals after losing two out of the three games in the Super 4s stage. But Sharma feels that team has no shortcomings. "I don't think there's anything wrong, it looks like it from the outside, but we don't look at it that way," Rohit said in the post-game press conference.

"I've been at many press conferences, and when you lose such questions will be asked. It's normal. But as far as the team is concerned you can go in [the dressing room] and see, all the boys are relaxed and chilled. We need to have such an atmosphere whether you win or lose."


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