India’s ICC World Cup 2019 came to a premature end as they bowed out of the tournament losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in the semifinals. Opener Rohit Sharma starred with the bat finishing as the highest run-scorer which has earned him praise from all quarters. Legendary Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas also heaped praise on Rohit Sharma saying that India is lucky to have him in their side.

India lucky to have Rohit: Abbas

Rohit Sharma has been India’s bright star in the 12th edition of the World Cup in England. He scored five centuries in the league stages to help the Men in Blues finish on top leapfrogging Australia. However, he failed to score big when he mattered the most. Rohit managed to score only one run as India went down against the Black Caps by 18 runs in a rain-marred encounter. The Mumbai opener finished the campaign with 647 runs from nine matches at an average of 81.

Zaheer Abbas, Virat Kohli, Pakistan
Zaheer Abbas. (Credits – Geo Tv)

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Furthermore, Rohit Sharma also amassed five centuries to leapfrog Kumar Sangakkara‘s record of four hundreds in one edition. He also equalled Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of six centuries in the World Cup. Although Rohit returned with a heavy heart, he has earned praise from all over the world. Recently, former Pakistan cricketer Zaheer Abbas hailed Rohit saying that India is lucky to have him in their team.

You’re lucky to have him in your (Indian) team. His judgement of the ball, the ball comes to his ‘computer’ much earlier than anyone else in your team. That’s basic. If you can judge the ball early, you can play your strokes — and he has a lot of strokes. That’s the greatness of a batsman,” Abbas said to Sportskeeda.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Credit: Getty Images

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Furthermore, speaking about Virat Kohli not scoring one hundred despite amassing five fifties, Zaheer Abbas said that it is part and parcel of the game and there is nothing to worry about it. In conclusion, Abbas said that the Indian skipper batted well and there is no doubt about it.

“It’s a part of the game. But he played well, no doubt about it,” he concluded.