Former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has said teams are scared of India opener Rohit Sharma. The former cricketer was commenting on the absence of Rohit Sharma for the upcoming series between Australia and India. The Men in Blue will play three ODIs and three T20Is before locking horns against the hosts in a four-match Test series.
Rohit, however, will miss the limited-overs games. The opening batsman has been rested for the ODI and the T20I series as a precautionary measure after he suffered a hamstring injury during IPL 2020. He is currently in India and will join the team in Australia later for the Test series, starting on December 17.
And ahead of the series, Ramiz Raja has said India will miss Rohit as he is the “biggest” limited overs batsman in the world now. The ODI series will kickstart the tour on November 27.
“Rohit is a match-winner and teams are scared of him. When teams huddle together before a batsman arrives at the crease like Sharma does it says a lot. Rohit’s absence is a big loss to India,” Ramiz Raja said on the Cricket Baaz channel.
‘India can win in Australia’
The former Pakistan captain further said that India have a “very good chance” of beating Australia again in the upcoming Test series. Ramiz Raja is of the opinion that Australia are unlikely to prepare venomous pitches for the high-profile series. He also said that India have the batting and bowling lineup to tame the hosts.
“The pitches in Australia are no longer what they used to be some years back. I mean there is less bounce, sideways movement and they are less venomous.
“And I think Australia will want to have full five-day Tests against India for viewership figures given their requirements,” Ramiz Raja said.
“I think India has the batting line-up to tame Australia and plus the Indian bowling has improved a lot and they have a very good attack now and Australia will have this in mind,” he added.
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