Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of the greatest white-ball batsmen that this beautiful game has ever seen.
While Virat Kohli has 43 international hundreds to his name to go along with his 11000 plus runs, Rohit Sharma has taken his batting to a completely different level ever since he started opening the innings in white-ball cricket in the summer of 2013.
Rohit was at the height of his powers during the 2019 World Cup where he became the first player in the history of the game to rack up as many as five hundred.
Virat Kohli is currently ranked NO.1 in ODI cricket while his deputy Rohit Sharma is placed at the second spot. And, so the debate rages on as to who among these two is the better batsman.
Brad Hogg has his say on the Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma debate
Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg recently had his say on the debate. According to the two time World Cup winner, Virat Kohli edges Rohit Sharma purely because of his unrelenting consistency and his ability to gun down targets.
“Well, Virat Kohli, because he’s more consistent when India have the big run chases as he stands up and delivers but you really can’t compare the two as they have different roles,” Brad Hogg said in a Youtube video.
Hogg said that both Rohit and Virat complement each other brilliantly as the former set up the innings in the first ten overs while the latter paces it beautifully in the middle and end overs.
“Rohit’s role is to be aggressive against the new ball bowlers when field restrictions are at their least and Virat’s role is to bat through the innings and make sure he’s there at the end, so they complement each other,” Hogg added.
Speaking about their overall numbers, Kohli has played 248 One Day Internationals in which he has racked up 11867 runs at an average of 59.34 which also includes 58 half-centuries and 43 hundreds.
Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, has scored 9115 runs in 224 ODIs at an average of 49.27 with the help of 29 hundreds and three double-hundreds- the only batsmen in the history of the game to do so.