India recorded their seventh World Cup victory over Pakistan when they beat by 89 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester. While Rohit Sharma starred with the bat, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya led the team with the bat. Impressed with his batting, legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Rohit saying that he is batting on a different level.
Tendulkar showers praise on Rohit
Batting first, Rohit Sharma staged a 136–run stand with KL Rahul and added another 98 runs with skipper Virat Kohli for the second wicket. The Mumbai batsman dominated the Pakistan bowling and has been in outstanding form. So far, Rohit has already notched one century and fifty each to start the tournament on a high. India posted 336 runs in their 50 overs before restricting Pakistan to 221 runs to register their seventh victory over the arch-rivals.
Speaking to India Today after the match, Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Rohit Sharma. Tendulkar said he liked the fact that Rohit Sharma played with a great strike rate even without appearing to take too many risks. The cricketer who has seen Rohit from close quarters also advised him to be cautious with the running between the wicket in the next games.
“Terrific consistency (from Rohit). What I really liked about Rohit was it didn’t appear like he was taking a lot of risks even as he was playing with a phenomenal strike rate. The thing that was risky was his running between the wickets. he got lucky a couple of times.
Otherwise, his batting was at a different level. I have always felt, when Rohit starts playing close to the body on frontfoot, he is going to hurt the opposition,” Tendulkar said.
Rohit missed his fourth double ton: Tendulkar
Furthermore, Sachin Tendulkar felt that Rohit Sharma missed his fourth ODI double hundred by a whisker. Meanwhile, Rohit is the only batsman in ODI history to score three double-centuries. The Indian opener fell prey on a mistimed shot off Hasan Ali.
“I think I would put Rohit’s performance in this World Cup right up with any other knocks he has played in the past. Had he stayed there any longer, he would got his double hundred,” he concluded.