Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim credited Indian skipper Rohit Sharma for acknowledging the contributions of his teammates in the tw0-match Test series against Sri Lanka.

On Monday, India defeated Sri Lanka by 238 runs in the second Test at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru as the match was completed inside three days.

Enjoyed it personally and as a team: Rohit Sharma

After the series, Rohit applauded the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant in his post-match presentation ceremony.

“It’s been a good run, enjoyed it personally and as a team, there were so many things we wanted to achieve and I think we did.

“No doubt about it, we have seen him (Ravindra Jadeja) grow as a batter, he seems to be getting better and better, at 7, he strengthens the batting, and he’s a complete package, with his fielding and bowling, brings a lot to the team,” Rohit said.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

“He  (Shreyas Iyer) has just carried on from the T20s, he didn’t get out there a single time and he’s carried it into the Tests. He knew he was replacing Pujara and Rahane, big boots to fill, but he’s obviously doing it really well. He (Rishabh Pant) seems to get better in every Test, especially in these conditions,” he added. 

There is a lot of openness being seen in Rohit Sharma’s captaincy: Saba Karim

Karim said that Rohit’s statement to encourage his players was a good thing and the former Indian player believes the Indian skipper and head coach Rahul Dravid’s combination will help Indian cricket achieve new heights.

“There is a lot of openness being seen in Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and statements, which is a good thing. This is what players expect from a captain, that you compliment them if they are doing well and if they are not doing well, if you have to criticize, then there is a different way to do that,” Karim told India News. 

Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid
Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid. (Photo: BCCI)

“All these things are being seen in Rohit at the moment. I feel the synergy of Rohit and Rahul Dravid is working to a large extent for Indian cricket. But it will be a huge Test when India goes to play away from home. Rohit and Rahul Dravid will have to prove this synergy even better there,” he added. 

Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant was named as the player of the series for his stupendous batting, scoring 185 at an average of 61.67 and a strike rate of 120.13. Pant scored the fastest fifty by an Indian player in 28 balls in the second innings of the Day-Night Test.

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