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Kris Srikkanth. Credit: Getty Images

Kris Srikkanth, former Indian opener, believes that Rohit Sharma is a strong contender to finish as one of the top-5 greatest openers of all time.

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Rohit Sharma’s career took a 180 degree turn when he was elevated at the top of the order in white-ball cricket by MS Dhoni in 2013. Since then, Sharma has stroked 7148 runs from 140 ODIs at an average of 58.11 and 27 centuries.

Kris Srikkanth Hails Rohit Sharma As One Of The All-Time Greatest ODI Openers
Rohit Sharma (Photo: BCCI)

As far as T20I cricket is concerned, the swashbuckling opener has 2313 runs to his name from 76 innings- the most by any player in this format of the game.

“He is definitely, probably is in the top three or five all-time greatest openers as far as one-day cricket is concerned,” Kris Srikkanth said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

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‘I would rate him as one of the greatest all-time one-day openers in world cricket’- Kris Srikkanth on Rohit Sharma

Kris Srikkanth Hails Rohit Sharma As One Of The All-Time Greatest ODI Openers
Rohit Sharma [Photo-Getty]
Hailing Rohit Sharma as one of the greatest all-time openers in One-day International cricket, Srikkant said that the greatest quality of the ‘Hitman’ is that once he gets set, he proceeds to convert his hundred into a daddy hundred.

“I think I would rate him as one of the greatest all-time one-day openers in world cricket. What’s the greatest quality in Rohit Sharma is that he goes for these big hundreds and double hundreds, that is something amazing. In a one-day cricket match, you will go 150, 180, 200, just imagine where you are going to take the team to, that’s the greatness about Rohit Sharma.” Srikkanh said.

Rohit Sharma is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score three double-hundreds in white-ball cricket. His 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata back in 2014 still remains the highest individual score in the history of white-ball cricket.

Last year, Rohit achieved his peak as an ODI batsman as he became the first cricketer to score five hundreds in a single World Cup season. He also finished the year as the leading run-getter [1490] in the format.

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