Rohit Sharma is one of the very few cricketers in the current bunch, who has fans all over the world. Being a classy and swashbuckling cricketer, the crowds fall in love and become in awe of his shots. Rohit is also the holder of several records, especially in white-ball cricket and capable of faring well in all the conditions. But during a candid chat with Tamim Iqbal over Facebook, he revealed a country in which they don’t receive support.
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The 33-year old and Bangladesh’s ace batsman spoke on various cricketing topics, including life during the ongoing global health crisis. Rohit went on to revealed his love for football and hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the king of football. But the duo spoke in detail about how passionate and hysterical their respective nations are about cricket.
Rohit Sharma admitted that the level of passion amongst the Bangladeshi fans is unprecedented, especially when India arrive there. While also calling them as passionate, he acknowledged it becomes unsettling to play without any crowd support and that Bangladesh is a place his team don’t get it.
Furthermore, Rohit complimented his counterpart for transforming his side into a competitive one. There is a greater sense of professionalism and accountability, which was visible during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Tigers couldn’t make it past the group stage; however, their display was outstanding against almost all the teams. The right-handed batsman enjoys playing against them, having scored centuries in 2015 World Cup, 2017 Champions Trophy, and 2019 World Cup.
“India and Bangladesh have passionate cricket fans, when we make mistakes, we are criticised from all corners, I know it is similar in Bangladesh, I know how passionate fans can get in Bangladesh, when we come to the ground to play the match, it is unbelievable, India is not used to playing without any sort of crowd support, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support.”
“We get support wherever we go, Bangladesh is the only place where we do not get any support, I know Bangladesh fans really get behind you, this is a totally different Bangladesh side now, you have a sense of eagerness in your team now, everybody says that, we have seen with your performances during the 2019 World Cup as well.”the prolific batsman said as quoted by Times of India.
Tamim Iqbal became a subject of trolls for long for dropping Rohit Sharma’s catch in 2019 World Cup:
The newly-appointed ODI skipper of Bangladesh recalled when he dropped a sitter off Rohit’s bat for 9 in Birmingham. The Indian batsman went on to score 104 after that, which guided the men in blue to 314.
Virat Kohli’s men sealed the victory eventually by 28 runs. Tamim conceded that he was roasted for a long time. He still kept praying for Rohit to get out; however, after he reached 40, his hopes got dashed.
“I remember how people trolled me for that. I was just praying for you to get out somehow. But when you reached 40, I gave up as I knew what was about to happen” the 31-year old stated.