Before their ICC Cricket World Cup clash with India, key players from the Netherlands, including captain Scott Edwards and all-rounder Bas de Leede, expressed their admiration for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The unbeaten Indian team is set to face the Netherlands in Bengaluru for their final league fixture, already securing a spot in the semifinals with an impressive eight wins.
Despite the Netherlands’ challenging position at the bottom with only two wins, they aim to secure a top-eight finish for a spot in the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan. However, facing the undefeated hosts poses a formidable challenge for the Dutch team. Captain Edwards acknowledged Rohit Sharma’s prolific run-scoring in the format, while all-rounder Bas praised his impeccable timing, highlighting the tough task ahead for the men in Orange.
Bas De Leede said: “The way he times the ball is better than anyone else. Cannot wait to play against him, but not looking to bowl against him.”
Max O Dowd exclusively said: “He is an unbelievable player. He is a great leader of the Indian side.”
Vikramjit Singh, Max’s opening partner, emphasized Rohit’s excellence as an opening batter, stating, “We are well aware of his exceptional skills; he stands among the finest opening batters.”
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Edwards described Virat as a crucial wicket, noting his remarkable consistency in guiding India through run-chases.
Edward remaked: “Virat Kohli is a massive wicket. In chasing totals, he has been so consistent for India throughout the years. You got to get him out early.”
Referring to Virat as arguably the ‘Greatest of All Time,’ the Netherlands skipper remarked, “He’s someone everyone looks up to.”
Opener Vikramjit added, “Who wouldn’t adore Virat? Everyone does. He moves like poetry.”
Virat leads as India’s top scorer in CWC 2023, amassing 543 runs in eight matches with an impressive average of 108.60, including two centuries and four fifties. With a best score of 103*, he ranks as the third-highest run-getter in the tournament. Rohit has also made a significant impact with explosive starts in the powerplay, scoring 442 runs in eight games at an average of 55.25 and a strike rate of over 122, featuring one century and two fifties. His highest score is 131.